Men’s Basketball gets win over Fitchburg State

(Manny Payton walks the ball up the court while calling out a play. By Corey McFeeley.)

The Framingham State Rams hosted the Fitchburg Falcons for a MASCAC matchup on Saturday, Jan. 27.

The two teams kept it close the majority of the game. With 14:30 left in the game, Manny Payton made a jump shot that put the Rams up 35-34. The Falcons trailed the Rams for the rest of the game.

Framingham would continue to increase their lead and took their second conference win, 64-56.

This win improves the Rams to 6-14 overall and 2-5 in the MASCAC.

The Falcon’s fall to 7-12 overall and 3-4 in the conference.

Payton and Charles Valbrun led in scoring for the Rams with 22 and 19, respectively. Valbrun and James Purcell both worked for eight defensive rebounds for the Rams.

Tyrell St. John and Joshua Bosworth led in scoring for the Falcons, earning 19 and 15 points, respectively. Bosworth also led in rebounds for Fitchburg, finishing the game with 10.

During halftime, Framingham State celebrated 50 years as a basketball program by honoring the first-ever Rams’ basketball team that was formed in 1968. At the ceremony, Larry Houser, Jack Ahearn, Dick Cunningham, Pat Tigue, Paul Madden, Bob Carson, Dick Logan, Mark Murray, John Farias, Vincent Ritchie and Mike Conway were honored as members of the team.

The Rams traveled to take on the Worcester State Lancers in another conference game on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

The Rams held their own for the majority of the first half with a total of eight lead changes in the first 18 minutes of play.

With three minutes left in the first half, the Lancers earned nine unanswered points to finish the half 31-22.

The Lancers did not let the Rams within 10 points of the lead for the rest of the game and won 63-49.

This win for Worcester improves their overall record to 3-18 and their conference record to 2-6.

Shaun McCarthy led in scoring with 21 points for the Lancers.

Emeka Eguatu led with 11 rebounds for Worcester.

Payton and Tyri Hampton led in scoring for the Rams with 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Cameren McCloud-Thomas worked for seven rebounds for Framingham.

The loss for the Rams drops them to 6-15 overall and 2-6 in the MASCAC.

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