Framingham, Mass.--The Connecticut College men's basketball team held on for a 67-64 win over Framingham State in a back and forth contest that saw six ties and seven lead changes in non-conference action Tuesday evening in Framingham. With the win the Camels are now 10-5 while the Rams slip to 6-11.
The visitors were paced by Daniel Janel (Fresh Meadows, NY) who scored 15 points shooting 50% from the floor. Tyler Rowe (East Hartford, Conn.) scored 14 points going 8-for-10 from the stripe and Isaiah Robinson (Lynn, Mass.) added 14 points from the bench for Conn. College.
"We had our hands full tonight," Connecticut College Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Satran said. "We weren't shooting great but were able to make just enough plays down the stretch to pull it out."
The Rams were led by Tony Alexandre (Hyde Park, Mass.) who scored a game-high 21 points and 11 rebounds for the double-double. Manny Payton (Fitchburg, Mass.) added 14 points and Charles Valbrun (Hyde Park, Mass.) scored eight points with seven boards and a block.
The Camels led 32-31 coming out of the locker room for the second half and held a slight advantage for most of the second frame. A Valbrun layup with just over four minutes to play cut the Rams deficit to 57-55. The visitors then scored went on a 7-0 run that was snapped by a Payton trey with 50 seconds to play to cut the Camels lead to 64-58.
On the ensuing inbound the Rams forced the visitors to call a timeout and after a scrum a Conn. College player was given a technical foul. Daniel Gould (Quincy, Mass.) hit the back-end of the awarded free-throws and Payton hit another trey to cut the deficit to 64-62 with 27 seconds to play.
After the Rams fouled Rowe made the back-end of his pair of free throws, Alexandre drove to the hoop and scored as the Camels now led 65-64. The Rams again fouled, this time Rowe hit both of his shots from the stripe. With just seven ticks remaining the Rams took a deep three-point attempt just before the buzzer but the shot was off.
The Rams shot 41.4% from the floor and 27.3% from long range. The visitors were 28.1% from the field and only 20% from beyond the arc.
Zuri Pavlin (New York, N.Y.) had eight points and eight rebounds tonight. The program's all-time leader with 859 rebounds, Pavlin is now just seven points away from reaching the 1,000 point barrier in his prolific playing career.
The Camels will visit Bates for a NESCAC matchup on Friday, January 20th.