Men’s Basketball falls to Salem State 88-81

Coming off their first victory in 13 games, the Rams looked to continue their momentum as they took on the Salem State Vikings in a MASCAC game Feb. 12.

The Rams looked focused as the first half was a back and forth fight with the lead changing four times.

Framingham had spurts of strong offense that was matched or even overtaken by the Vikings right away.

The Rams were up 8-7 after a Tyri Hampton three-point shot gave them the lead. Salem State answered back on the next possession with a three-point shot of their own to retain the lead.

Later in the half, the Rams were up again 19-18, but the Vikings went on a quick 8-0 run led by four points from Alex De La Rosa.

The Rams were able to cut the deficit down to four points going into halftime after Jared Gordon-Anderson knocked a pair of free throws in the last minutes of the frame.

Despite strong efforts to take the lead in the second half, the same story from the early part of the game continued.

The Vikings offense was just too consistent for the Rams to stop.

After a three-point play by Hakeem Animashaun, the Vikings went on a 9-0 run and never looked back.

The Vikings were able to protect their lead throughout the last 12 minutes of the half and secured an 88-81 win over the Rams.

Despite the loss, the Rams were able to show the strong potential on their offensive rotation with freshman John Kalton scoring a career-high 25 points and Hampton scoring 24 points as well.

The Rams drop to 1-9 in the MASCAC and 2-21 overall.

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