On Saturday, Feb. 2, Framingham took on the Salem State Vikings in a conference game.
After Tyri Hampton hit a baseline jumper two minutes into the game to give the Rams a 6-4 advantage, the Vikings fought back with a 14-4 run capped by a Matt McCune 3-pointer to make the lead 18-10 with 12 minutes left in the first half.
The Vikings extended their first-half lead to as much as 17 points as the two teams headed back to the locker rooms at halftime with the Vikings up 43-28.
The Rams came out strong to begin the second half with a 9-3 run to cut the deficit to only 10 points with another Hampton baseline jumper.
That’s as close as the Rams would get to the Vikings for the rest of the game.
Even with Manny Payton’s game-high 23 points on 8-for-13 shooting, the Rams fell by a longshot score of 91-70.
After the loss, the Rams drop to 4-5 in the MASCAC conference and 5-16 overall.
SALEM STATE 91
FRAMINGHAM STATE 70
On Feb. 6, the Rams traveled to Westfield State to take on the Owls in a MASCAC game.
Unfortunately for the Rams, the game was out of reach from the beginning, as the Owls were able to grab a double-digit lead just about 10 minutes into the game. Westfield never relinquished this lead.
The Owls went into halftime with 17-point lead over the visiting Rams, led by Chris Prophet’s 20 points.
The Owls finished with six players as double-digit scorers.
Prophet ended the game with a team-high 30 points, Moody Bey had 15, Vawn Lord scored 14, Jauch Green Jr. chipped in 13, Maurice Collins had 11 and finally, Malik Pouncey scored 11 points of his own.
Prophet shot 8-of-15 from the floor, including 7-of-12 from 3-point range and added five assists and three steals.
The Rams were led by Payton, who again topped the team in scoring with 31 points on 13-of-23 from the floor. Payton was the only Rams’ player to score in double-digits on the night.
Hampton and Khaneil Bruce were close, as they both scored 9 points each.
The 100-70 loss brings the Rams’ losing streak to 3 games and puts them at 4-6 in the MASCAC and 5-17 overall on the season.
WESTFIELD STATE 100
FRAMINGHAM STATE 70