By Camille McKenzie
The Framingham State Rams hosted the Lesley College Lynx on Thursday, Dec. 7, in a non-conference matchup.
It was a close back-and-forth game with 10 lead changes. The Rams finished with a lead of 59-53 to improve to 3-6 on the season.
The loss for Lesley drops them to 4-4 on the season.
Tyri Hampton led the Rams in scoring with a game-high 20 points. Hampton also led in rebounds, grabbing eight of the team’s 35.
Benjamin Roache and Steve Vayda followed in scoring with 12 and 10, respectively.
Marquise Johnson led the Lynx in scoring with 18 points. Charlie Reznikoff followed with 16 points and Xeo Golding had eight.
Joey Martin led the Lynx in rebounds with eight of the team’s 28.
Framingham was strong on the defensive end, only giving up four free throws to Lesley. The Lynx allowed 27 free-throw attempts to the Rams.
The Rams went 18-of-42 on Feld goals, 5-of-13 on 3-pointers and 18-of-27 on free throws.
The Lynx went 23-of-59 on Feld goals, 5-of-22 on 3-pointers and 2-of-4 from the free-throw line.
The Rams hosted the Wheelock College Wildcats in a non-conference matchup on Saturday, Dec. 9.
The Rams kept up a strong lead throughout the first half.
The Wildcats’ comeback came up just short in the second half as they almost took the lead multiple times, coming as close as one point behind, but could never gain the lead.
The Rams ended up winning their second game in a row, 56-50. This win improves Framingham to 4-6 on the season.
Vayda led the Rams in scoring with 16 points. Valburn and Manny Payton followed in scoring with 14 and 12, respectively.
Valburn led the Rams in rebounds with nine of the team’s 38.
Kiwane Crowder led in scoring with 19 points for the Wildcats. Erick Hernandez, Tylur Passmore and Brendan Miller followed, all scoring eight points.
Framingham went 23-of-49 on Feld goals, 0-of-12 for 3-pointers, and 10-of-13 for free throws.
Wheelock went 21-of-72 on Feld goals, 6-of-29 for 3-pointers and 2-of-3 for free throws.
On Tuesday, Dec. 12, the Rams traveled to Medford to take on Tufts in a non-conference game.
The Rams kept it close with the Jumbos for about the first quarter of the game. After that, the Jumbos took the lead and didn’t give it up the rest of the way, winning 92-60.
Payton and Valburn carried Framingham in scoring. Payton led with 34 points and Valburn followed with 18 points.
Payton and Valburn also led in rebounds, both grabbing four boards for the Rams.
Patrick Racy led in scoring for the Jumbos with 18 points. Vincent Pace, Will Brady and Eric Savage followed in scoring with 16, 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Pace led in rebounds with nine of the Jumbos’ 52.
Framingham went 21-of-60 on Feld goals, 7-of-22 for 3-pointers and 11-of-17 for free throws.
Tufts went 38-of-66 on Feld goals, 9-of-18 for 3-pointers and 7-of-12 for free throws.
The loss for the Rams ends their two-game winning streak and drops them to 4-7.