Men’s Basketball’s slow start to the 2019-20 season continues

The Framingham State Rams Men’s Basketball team traveled to Bristol Rhode Island to compete in the Roger Williams University/Courtyard by Marriott tournament over the past weekend. 

The Rams took on the Bowdoin College Polar Bears in their first game of the tournament Nov. 15.

The Polar Bears controlled the game right out of the gate. Within the first 10 seconds of the game, Bowdoin forced a turnover that Zavier Rucker converted into a three-point play.

The Polar Bears continued to score, going on a crucial 13-0 run halfway through the first half. 

After a Trevor Manyak layup right before the 10-minute mark in the first half, the Rams went 0-8 from the field and committed several costly turnovers. They did not score a bucket for about seven minutes beginning at the 10-minute mark.

The second half looked much better for the Rams. After being outscored 40-20 in the first half, the Rams were able to put up 50 points in the second.

Dominique Jenkins-Maxwell came off the bench in the second half and was an offensive force for the Rams, shooting 5-6 from the field along with 2-3 from three. 

Tyri Hampton had nine of his own points to add to his team-high 18 for the contest. Cameron McCloud-Thomas scored seven points along with three rebounds and three assists to finish with a 11-5-4 line.

The team dropped the first game of their weekend tournament at Roger Williams 79-70.

The Rams also played the Elms College Blazers in their second and final outing of the tournament Nov. 16.

After a quick 5-0 run one minute into the game, McCloud-Thomas hit three shots in a row to give the Rams their first lead.

The Rams were down 10-8 before the Blazers went on a dominating run, during which they outscored the Rams 26-8 to take a commanding 36-16 lead. Jaijuan Macklin was a strong force throughout the run, leading the charge with eight points, three rebounds, and an assist.

Hampton and McCloud-Thomas both finished the first half in double figures dropping 11 and 10, while Macklin and D.J. Edelen did the exact same with 11 and 10 of their own.

The Rams were behind 47-32 at the end of the first half.

The second half of the game resulted in almost the exact same deficit for the Rams, who finished outscored 49-42.

Justin Feliciano dropped in 12 points to go along with four steals in his strong second half. He finished with 14 points, four steals, two rebounds, and an assist.

Kewan Smoot led the Blazers with 16 on a strong 5-6 from the field. Edelen also finished with 15 points and three boards.

Tajahn Joyner, McCloud-Thomas, and Hampton led the Rams with 12 points each. Hampton posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 boards for the contest. McCloud-Thomas also added two blocks and finished shooting 5-7 from the field.

Following the tournament at Roger Williams, the Rams traveled to Wheaton College to take on the Lyons Nov. 20.

After an early 6-5 lead following buckets by McCloud-Thomas, Jenkins-Maxwell, and Hampton, the Lyons went on a 14-0 run. 

Alex Carlisle and Mike Perry combined to score all 14, with Carlisle going 3-3 from the floor with eight points, two rebounds, an assist, and a steal.

Jared Gordon-Anderson scored a three ending the scoreless run. Following that play, another 8-0 Lyons run put the Rams down 27-9.

The Rams outscored the Lyons from the midway point of the first half to the end 22-15. The first half ended at 42-31 in the Lyons’ favor.

Jenkins-Maxwell finished the first half with seven points and two boards, while McCloud-Thomas had five points and four rebounds. 

Carlisle and Perry led the Lyons offense with 10 points each. Carlisle also added five rebounds, two assists, and a steal, while Perry had two rebounds and a steal of his own.

After an early 9-4 Rams run in the opening minutes of the second half, the Lyons went on a 13-8 run. 

The Lyons never lost the lead after taking it four minutes into the game, and cruised to an 88-70 victory.

Carlisle finished the game for the Lyons with 18 points, seven rebounds, four steals, and three assists. Following a very strong second half, Robey Lowey supplied a team-high 19 points and six rebounds.

Jenkins-Maxwell finished with 13 points and five rebounds, and McCloud-Thomas added eight points, eight boards, and three blocks. Colin Myers shot 4-8 for the contest, finishing with 11 points and two rebounds off the bench.

The Rams look to end their woeful start to the season Nov. 22 in the second annual Paula Titus Memorial Tournament in Boston.

 They will play the undefeated UMass Boston Beacons.

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