BOSTON – The Suffolk men's basketball team kept its win streak going as the Rams bested Framingham State, 93-66 Wednesday night inside Regan Gymnasium.
SCORE: Suffolk 93, Framingham State 66
RECORDS: Suffolk (6-4) | Framingham State (4-9)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Suffolk turned an early 4-0 lead into an 11-2 cushion at the 15:07 minute mark as Framingham State used its first timeout of the game.
The break played in the visiting Rams favor as they chipped away at the blue-and-gold lead and pulled within three, 11-7. Alex Jacovides made up ground for the hosts as the freshman drained his first of three triples over a 1:31 span to regain a 20-12 lead for Suffolk at the midway point of the first.
The teams traded hoops before a 6-0 stretch, which featured two hoops from Kevin Querusio, made it a 39-26 Suffolk game with 3:57 to play before intermission. Framingham was kept at bay the remainder of the way as the Boston Rams took a 45-34 advantage into halftime.
Out of the locker room Suffolk rattled off seven quick points including a traditional three-point play from Brendan Mulson to stretch its lead to 52-34 with 17:59 remaining.
Jacovides stayed hot into the second half and his fourth trey of the night made it a 20-point game, before the freshman from Tampa, Florida, put away his fifth bucket from downtown to turn it into a 63-40 Suffolk contest.
Every player in blue-and-gold contributed down the stretch with the hosts building a 84-55 Suffolk contest with just over five minutes on the clock. The hosts put on cruise from control from there to walk away with the 93-66 non-conference.
- Michael Hagopian led a well-balanced attack for Suffolk with the junior guard producing 19 points on an 8-for-14 effort from the floor and a 3-for-5showding from three-point range.
- More impressive was Jacovides' perfect reserve effort as he shot 6-for-6 from the field and 5-for-5 from three-point land for 17 points in just 15 minutes of action.
- Thomas Duffy added 14 points with Mulson pitching in on both ends of the hardwood with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
- Suffolk outrebounded Framingham, 38-23.
- The Boston Rams worked as a team dishing out 24 assists in the victory led by five each from Jamal Fiin and Duffy with Jim Djema handing out four dimes.
- Suffolk met Framingham State for the first time under Jeff Juron's guidance and 27th time overall.
- The win marks the Suffolk's fifth straight, marking not only the longest wins streak with Juron on the sideline, but most consecutive wins since stringing five wins together Jan. 23-30, 2003.
- Suffolk's 93 points are the most in the Juron era and marks the best offensive output for the Rams since scoring 96 in a 96-81 victory over New England College Nov. 30, 2014.
- Suffolk's 93 points also mark the second-most points scored versus Framingham in the all-time series, while the 27-point margin is the largest victory for Suffolk in the all-time meetings.
- Suffolk's 24 assists are the most in in the Juron era and the most helpers since dishing out an identical amount of dimes in an 85-80 victory over Emerson Jan. 4, 2014.
- At 6-4 through 10 outings, Suffolk is off to its best start through the first 10 contests of the season in the Juron era and since opening the 2000-01 slate 7-3.
- Suffolk defeated Framingham State for the first time since 1999 with the team's last meeting in 2004.
- Jacovides connected on a career-high five shots from behind-the-arc to finish the night with a career-best 17 points.
- Fiin set-up a career-high five shots finishing the evening with five assists.
- Hagopian and Duffy have now scored in double figures in all, but one contest for Suffolk this season.
- Mulson contributed his first collegiate double double with 12 points and 10 caroms.
- Juron used the line-up of Djema, Hagopian, Duffy, Mulson and Querusio. That combination, which has started every contest this season for the Rams, moves to 6-4.
Suffolk ventures to New Haven, Connecticut, Saturday, Jan. 6 where it takes on conference favorite Albertus Magnus in a 1 p.m. tilt.