Men’s Basketball drops two straight conference games, fall to 1-4 in MASCAC

(Charles Valburn chases down a loose ball for the Rams. He is averaging 8.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game this season. By Corey McFeeley)

On Wednesday, Jan. 17, the Rams traveled to the Woodward Center to take on the Westfield State Owls in a conference match.

The Rams closely trailed the Owls for the first half. Kenny Seitz tied up the game with a 3-pointer to finish the first half 30-30.

The scoring was very back-and-forth going into the second half, with eight lead changes in the first four minutes. But the Rams could only keep it close for so long and last saw the lead when the score was 38-37 with a layup by Manny Payton.

With 16:27 left, Westfield’s Peter Mafo made a layup taking the lead for the Owls, which they did not give up for the rest of the game.

The Owls got their eighth win of the season, finishing at 71-55, improving their record to 8-8 overall and 2-1 in the MASCAC.

The loss for the Rams drops them to 5-12 overall and 1-3 in the conference.

Payton and Lorenzo Fernandes both scored double digits for the Rams scoring 13 and 11, respectively.

Peter Mafo had a game-high for the Owls, scoring 21 points.

Charles Valbrun, Payton, Benjamin Roache, Cameren McCloud-Thomas and James Purcell all had five rebounds for the Rams.

The Rams traveled to Bridgewater State to play the Bears in another MASCAC game on Saturday, Jan. 20.

The young talent shined for Framingham with four underclassmen starting.

Although the Rams were behind the majority of the first half, Valbrun closed the gap to 28-24 with a jump shot at the buzzer.

With 15:48 left in the game, the Rams took the lead with a layup by Roache. After four lead changes in a few minutes, the Bears’ Joseph Carty made a layup, which put the Bears back in the lead. They kept a lead for the rest of the game.

The Bears won the game 64-55, improving their record to 10-7 overall and 3-1 in the MASCAC.

Carty, Ryan Carney and Rocky Deandrade led in points for the Bears, scoring 17, 12 and 11, respectively, and Carty grabbed 15 rebounds.

The loss for the Rams drops them to 5-13 overall and 1-4 in the conference.

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