Worcester, Mass. – Adam Converse (Woodstock, Conn.) came off the bench and scored a career-high ten points to spark a cold-shooting Clark University squad and the host Cougars fought their way past Framingham State, 53-43, in non-league men's basketball action on Thursday evening.
The Scarlet and White have now won three straight contests and five of their last six games to improve to 6-2 overall – equaling their win total from a season ago.
Score: Clark University 53, Framingham State 43
Records: Clark University 6-2, Framingham State 2-6
Location: Kneller Athletic Center, Worcester, Mass.
How It Happened:
Neither team shot the ball well and neither shot better than 34 percent at any point in the contest.
After Joe Atkinson (Milford, Mass.) made his way to the hoop for a basket as time expired in the first half, Clark was ahead just 23-18.
The Rams, who led just once in the first half at 16-15, took the lead in the opening moments of the second half when Tony Alexandre (Hyde Park, Mass.), Wesley Ogbevoen (Boston, Mass.) and finally Manny Payton (Fitchburg, Mass.) all scored to put Framingham State in front, 26-25.
That lead was short-lived, however, as Converse came in and scored consecutive baskets to ignite a 9-1 run capped by a Luca McCormick (Bradenton, Fla.) traditional three-point play that gave Clark a 34-28 advantage.
The Cougars pushed their lead to nine at 40-31 when Brendan Kittredge (Clinton, Mass.) scored on an inside hoop, but Framingham State didn't go away and after a Tyri Hampton (Fitchburg, Mass.) bucket and a short jumper from Payton, the Rams were back to within four at 40-36.
As quickly as Framingham State closed the gap, Clark closed the door shut on a comeback, running off 11 unanswered points highlighted by two three-pointers from Atkinson.
Numbers Never Lie:
The Rams wound up shooting 34 percent from the field, compared to 32 percent for Clark but the Scarlet and White held a 47-32 edge on the glass.
For The Nation:
Atkinson finished with his third double-double in his last four games, ending with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Converse added ten and John Pisacreta (Andover, Mass.) chipped in with nine points and Evan Lerner (Hopedale, Mass.) hauled in a career-best nine rebounds.
For The Foes:
Alexandre was the only Ram in double figures, posting game-highs of 17 points and 13 rebounds.
The Cougars are back in action on Saturday when they host Pat Oroszko Day beginning at 1:00 p.m. against Western New England. Framingham State returns to the greater Worcester area on Saturday when they visit Nichols College in a non-league affair.