The FSU’s Men’s Basketball team took on the Dean College Bulldogs to kick off the season Nov. 8.
The Rams opened up the game with starters, Jared Gordon-Anderson, Tajahn Joyner, Trevor Manyak, Tyri Hampton, and Cameren McCloud-Thomas on the court, and got out to an early 8-2 lead.
Joyner led the charge with two early steals, leading to scores.
Dean came back and tied the game at 12-12, and then took the lead 14-12.
The Rams then went on a 9-0 run and took a 21-14 lead at the halfway mark of the first half.
At halftime, the Rams were up 46-37 after strong performances by Hampton and junior Colin Myers, who each had nine points.
The Bulldogs opened up the second half attacking the Rams, and going on a 17-1 run, which saw the Rams make five crucial turnovers that led to buckets the other way.
Dean beat the Rams 88-74.
Jordan Booker and Kevin Clark led the Bulldogs with 24 and 23 points respectively, and were major factors in the teams’ second-half surge, which led to the win.
Hampton paced the Rams with a strong line of 18 points and eight rebounds while shooting 50% from the field. McCloud-Thomas finished with 16 points and five boards on 8-12 from the field.
The Rams took on the Wentworth Leopards at home Nov. 12.
After a layup by Gordon-Anderson, Framingham went on a 9-2 run to open up the game.
Eleven minutes into the game, the Leopards then went on a 12-5 run to tie the game up at 14-14.
Joyner scored a bucket, followed by a steal that he took down the court for another easy score to take the 18-14 lead.
The Leopards went on a 16-9 run to give themselves the lead going into halftime.
After coming back to tie the game at 33, the Leopards then went on a 7-0 run to take a 40-33 led six minutes into the second half.
Wentworth lead by as many as 14 points after a layup by Connor Rubenskas to take a 60-46 lead with three minutes left in the game. They went on to win the game 68-59, and gave the Rams their second loss.
The Leopards were led by Noah Bice’s 13 off the bench with Rubenskas, Trey Carrier, and Stephen Azums also finishing in double digits. Azums had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Joyner led the Rams with 17 points and three steals. McCloud-Thomas finished with 11 points and five boards.
The Rams struggled from the floor, finishing the contest shooting 36.5%. The game against Wentworth also saw a considerable drop in bench points for the Rams, from 25 in the first game to 14 in the second.
The Rams play Nov. 15 at the Roger Williams Tip-Off Tournament against Bowdoin College.