By Matt Ferris
Framingham State hosted the Westfield State Owls in a conference home game on Feb. 4.
The Rams came out of the gates slow as the Owls started the game on an 8-2 run in the first eight minutes of play.
Framingham snapped out of its funk and struck back with a 7-0 run of its own, to gain a 9-8 lead with nine minutes left in the 2rst half.
The rest of the half went back and forth. Both teams traded baskets until Wesley Ogbevoen knocked down a triple to put the Rams up 21-19 going into halftime.
Ogbevoen led the Rams in scoring in the 2rst with eight points of the bench adding a rebound and an assist. Chalres Valbrun also came off the bench for the Rams, as he scored four points with three rebounds in the 2rst half.
The second half started with the same back-and forth play that much of the first half saw. The first seven minutes consisted of six ties and eight lead changes.
With 13 minutes remaining in the game, the Owls took off on a 10-4 run to go up by seven.
The Rams came out of a timeout and cut the de2cit to four, but this was a close as they would get, as it was all Owls from here on out.
Westfield closed out the game on a 21-9 run to earn a 63-47 victory over the Rams.
Tim Mangano led the Rams in scoring with 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting, he also grabbed three rebounds and had a blocked shot. Ogbevoen 2nished with 10 points and three rebounds. Tony Alexandre ended with six points and 10 rebounds.
Jesus Sanchez had a game high 24 points for the Owls, he also grabbed five rebounds and dished out two assists.
The loss dropped the Rams to 6-16 on the season and 3-6 in the MASCAC.
The Rams hosted the MCLA Trailblazers in a MASCAC game on Feb. 8.
Before the game, Framingham honored its five seniors in the annual Senior Night ceremony. Twins Daniel and Patrick Gould, Mangano, Alexandre and Ogbevoen were the five seniors playing in their final regular season home game.
MCLA came out of the gates firing early. The Blazers started the game on an 8-3 run.
The Blazers held a lead for much of the first half, until a 7-0 run towards the end of the half helped Framingham grab its 2rst lead of the game. Framingham would go into halftime with a 28-27 over MCLA.
The Rams started the second right where they left off. Framingham would go on a 7-2 run to open the half to go up 35-29.
The Rams would take this lead and run with it. Framingham never gave up the lead and went on to win the game by the score of 60-50.
The win for the Rams snapped a six-game losing skid and improves their record to 7-16 overall and 4-6 in the conference.
Alexandre led the Rams in scoring with 15 points. He also grabbed 13 rebounds for a double-double and dished out three assists.
Mangano scored 11 points for Framingham while also contributing six rebounds and two assists. Daniel Gould also had 11 points with two assists and a rebound.
Patrick Gould scored nine points with two assists and two rebounds. Ogbevoen had two points and grabbed four rebounds.
Manny Payton came off the bench to contribute 11 points for the Rams.
Framingham currently sits in sixth place in the MASCAC and will look to close out the season strong with its two remaining road games. The Rams will travel to Worcester State on Feb. 15 and will close out the season by traveling to Fitchburg State on Feb. 18.