Men’s Basketball survives a battle against Fitchburg

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Framingham took on Fitchburg State in a conference game on Jan. 26.

The Rams opened the game with a 12-2 scoring run that was led by Cameren McCloud-Thomas and Trevor Manyak. 

The Falcons fought back with a run of their own to take the lead by a score of 16-15. 

The Rams cruised through the rest of the first half, gaining their largest lead of the game, 43-28, with just over four minutes to play before halftime. 

But the Falcons fought back with six straight points from Perez and strong defense tightening the gap heading into the half down 45-37.

After five minutes went by in the second half, the Falcons had played their best basketball as they converted a three-point play and had a big layup from Tyrell St. John, which helped cut the deficit to 51-49. 

The Rams stayed strong and started to gain a larger lead with the help of Tyri Hampton’s putback from an offensive rebound to make the score 57-51. 

Down by six points with eight minutes left in regulation, the Falcons scored seven consecutive points and took their first lead of the second half with a score of 62-61. 

The game was close until the end with the Rams’ Hampton putting the team up by one, which was countered right away by the Falcons’ St. John. 

With three minutes left in the game, the score was tied 64-64. Anselm Edegbe hit a jumper from inside the key to give the home team the lead 67-66 with just 1:45 left. 

Trevor Manyak then hit the go-ahead shot with 55 seconds left to make the score 68-67, with the Rams winning the close battle against the Falcons to bring their win streak to three games.

With the win, the Rams improve to 5-14 on the season. 

On Wednesday, Jan. 31, the Rams hosted Worcester State in a conference game.

The two teams went back and forth, taking the lead from each other over the first six minutes of the game before the Rams went on a 5-0 run to take a 15-10 lead.

The Lancers shrunk their deficit to a one-possession game, 18-16, thanks to a three-point play from Shaun McCarthy. 

The Lancers chipped away and eventually tied the game at 25-25 on an easy lay-in from McCarthy. 

The Lancers closed the first half with a 12-6 run, taking a 37-31 lead at the break.

Worcester State opened the second half with a 5-0 run, extending the lead to 42-31, but the Rams cut the point gap to seven on a layup from Hampton with just a little over 13 minutes remaining in regulation.

Worcester extended the lead back to 12 on a McCarthy free throw with just over 10 minutes left on the clock.  

The Rams answered and closed the point gap to six ,63-57, after a layup from Khaneil Bruce and a long two-point jumper from Manny Payton.

Worcester extended the lead back to as many as 12 with two minutes remaining, before Payton hit a jumper in the final seconds, but it was already too late. 

The Rams fell to the Lancers, snapping their three-game win streak. 

With the loss, Framingham is now 5-15 on the season.