-Score: Clark University 75, Framingham State University 64
-Records: Clark (4-5), Framingham State (1-7)
-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Kneller Athletic Center)
-The Lead: The Clark University men's basketball team picked up their third straight victory as they downed the Rams of Framingham State University in non-conference action on Thursday evening. Junior Brendan Kittredge (Clinton, Mass.) and sophomore Biko Gayman (Fort Pierce, Fla.) combined for 32 of Clark's points with 17 and 15 respectively in the victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-The first half was closely contested, with Clark taking the largest lead at the 5:44 mark (25-18). The Rams battled back with six unanswered points from senior Manny Peyton (Fitchburg, Mass.) and a basket from junior Tyri Hampton (Fitchburg, Mass.) to pull ahead, 26-25 at the 3:48 mark. Clark regained the lead with a 5-1 run highlighted by eight points from Gayman, to take a 35-29 advantage into the break.
-Gayman led the Cougars with 13 points in the first 20 minutes and Kittredge added eight. Hampton led the Rams with 11 points and six rebounds while Peyton chipped in with nine points in the first.
-The Cougars pulled ahead by nine when first year Sean Christy (Cumberland, R.I.) hit a three-pointer at the start of the second half. The Rams pulled within three when Hampton put up back-to-back layups at the 15:53 mark (40-37). After Clark called a timeout they went on a 7-0 run highlighted by two three-pointers from first year Joel Arteaga (Wyncote, Penn.). The run put the Cougars up by 18 and forced the Rams to call a timeout of their own with 10:16 on the clock. After Clark lead by as many as 22 points at the 8:18 mark, the visitors came back within 14 of the hosts with a layup and two free-throws made by Peyton (71-57) and closed the gap to nine with 14 seconds on the clock. The Cougars held on for the 11-point victory, 75-64.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Kittredge led the Cougars in scoring with 17 points and added five rebounds and two steals on the night. Gayman added 15 points and a game high four steals and Arteaga added 11 points in the victory. Sophomore Tyler Davern (Webster, Mass.) nearly missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds on the night.
-Peyton led the Rams with 21 points while Hampton added 16 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
-The Rams shot 50% from the field while Clark shot 45.8%. The visitors shot 61.5% from the free-throw line and Clark shot 55%.
-Clark forced Framingham State to turn the ball over 17 times and converted them into 23 points.
-Clark hosts Curry College on Saturday, December 29th in the Clark Holiday Classic at 11:00 a.m.
-Framingham State hosts Tufts on Wednesday, December 12th at 7:00 p.m.