By Matt Ferris
Framingham traveled to Salem State to take on the Vikings in a MASCAC game on Jan. 28.
Much of the first half was back and forth between the teams as they traded baskets and leads
With about five minutes left in the half, the game was tied at 23 but the Vikings closed out the half on an 11-6 run to go into the break up 34-29.
Wesley Ogbevoen came off the bench for the Rams and led them in the first half with eight points on four-of-six shooting. Tony Alexandre led the Rams on the glass pulling in six ?rst half rebounds to go along with four points.
Marcus Faison led the Vikings with 13 points in the first half. He also grabbed two rebounds.
The Vikings started the second half right where they left off. They opened the half on a 26-5 run in the ?rst 13 minutes to grab a 62-35 lead.
The Rams closed the game strong on a 15-8 run but it was too late as the deficit was too much to overcome.
Ogbevoen ended the day with 16 points to lead the Rams. Alexandre finished with double-digit rebounds with 10, a game-high. Manny Payton finished with nine points to go along with three steals for Framingham.
The Vikings were led by Faison who ended with 17 points and Shaquan Murray who finished with 16 points.
Salem State improved to 12-8 on the season and 6-1 in the MASCAC after the win.
With the loss, Framingham fell to 6-14 overall and 3-4 in the conference.
Framingham went on the road to play Bridgewater in a MASCAC game on Feb. 1.
The Rams and the Bears traded buckets in the early going as neither team could pull away for a run.
After going down 6-4 after seven minutes of play, the Rams went on a 12-5 run over the next six minutes to go up 16-11.
The Bears countered with a run of their own to close out the half. Bridgewater outscored the Rams 21-8 in the closing seven minutes to take a 32-24 lead into the break.
Alexandre and Payton led the Rams in the first half. Alexandre went for six points and five rebounds while Payton also scored six points with two assists.
Rocky DeAndrade and Greg Romanko each scored 10 points for the Bears.
The second half started with back-and-forth action just like the first half. Both teams traded buckets as the Bears maintained their lead.
Both teams would go on small runs in the second half, only to be countered by the opponent with a small run of their own.
Framingham could not muster up enough stops in the second half to get back into the game and eventually went on to lose by a score of 60-48
Payton led the Rams in scoring with 10 points. He also had three assists and a steal. Tim Mangano scored nine points for the Rams and grabbed five rebounds. Charles Valbrun also scored nine points for the Rams along with six rebounds off the bench.
DeAndrade and Romanko both ended with 16 points for the Bears as they earned their 12th win of the season and 5th in the MASCAC.
Framingham dropped to 6-15 on the season and 3-5 in the conference.