Men’s basketball drops two straight, falls to 2-5

[Allie Gath]

Framingham lost to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) 69-52 in a non-conference matchup at the Athletic Center.

The two teams were trading baskets for most of the first half before WPI started to pull away with a 26-21 lead. Following a Sean Doncaster layup to stretch the Engineers lead to seven, Wesley Ogbevoen knocked down a three-pointer to cut the lead to four.

Each side continued trading baskets, with Framingham reducing the lead to three with a minute remaining in the half. Doncaster closed the half out with a made jump shot to give the Engineers a five-point lead.

After a Ogbevoen made layup to start the second half, Jake Wisniewski responded with back-to-back layups to give the Engineers a seven-point lead.

Framingham’s offensive struggles continued when they missed nine consecutive shots and allowed a 8-0 run give the Engineers a 13-point lead.

Framingham couldn’t cut into the lead until back-to-back three-pointers from Patrick Gould and Steve Vayda with 11 minutes remaining in the game.

Following a Wisniwski layup and two made free throws, Vayda knocked down two more three-pointers to cut the lead to seven.

Seven was the smallest lead the Rams would see in the second half with the Engineers closing the game out on a 15-5 run.

The Rams were led by Ogbevoen with 14 points, four rebounds and two assists. Vayda also contributed 11 points on 3-for-4 from behind the arc off the bench.

The Rams lost their second consecutive game 73-54, due to a big first half from Plymouth State.

Plymouth began the game with an 11-3 run to gain an early eight-point lead over Framingham. Following a Vayda made three-pointer, Plymouth went on a 11-0 run, stretching their lead to 22-6 with 11 minutes remaining in the half. Framingham was unable to cut into the lead due to the inability to stop the Panthers consistently.

The second half was more of the same for the Rams, with the Panthers stretching the lead to 21. Every time Framingham would attempt to make a run, the Panthers responded with a basket. The lead grew to as much as 27 following a Ryan Smith layup and a Nick MacGregor made three-pointer.

Framingham allowed the most points they have all season to the Panthers. The Panthers won through balanced scoring on their team, every player that played except for three scored. Framingham was led by Bertholyn Alexandre who had a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards. The Panthers dominated the Rams in the assist battle, as they had 17 to the Rams seven.

With the loss the Rams drop to 2-5 on the season.

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