Framingham, MA --- The nationally-ranked WPI men's basketball team went on the road and defeated Framingham State, 69-52, and delivered head coach Chris Bartley his 300th career win Thursday night at the Athletic Center.
With the win, the Engineers improve to 5-1 on the year, while the Rams are now 2-4.
Four of Bartley's milestones have come on the road. He began with his 100th at Coast Guard, continued with 200 at then-No. 3 MIT and took over the top spot with 291 coaching victories just last season, again, at Coast Guard.
In the opening stanza, the game was back and forth with two ties and six lead changes. The Rams led 13-12 after a pair of Patrick Gould (Quincy, MA) free throws with just over 13 minutes remaining in the half, but the Engineers rattled off five straight points to regain the lead. The Rams cut the deficit to one on a pair of occasions, but the Engineers close the half with a run to take a 34-29 lead into the locker room.
The Engineers opened the second half with 12-2 run capped by a jumper from Jamani Spencer (Closter, NJ) to take a 46-31 advantage, but the Rams countered with a run of their own fueled by three trifectas from freshman Steve Vayda (Oxford, MA) to pull within seven (54-47) at the 8:30 mark. The Engineers used a 6-0 spurt to push the lead back to double figures where it would stay for the remainder of the contest.
The Engineers were paced by a game-best 16 points on 7-of-13 from the floor by Jake Wisniewski (West Brookfield, MA). Senior Ian Converse (Woodstock, CT) added 12 points and eight boards, while Sean Doncaster (Medford, MA) and Spencer added 10 apiece.
The Rams were led offensively by 14 points from senior Wesley Ogbevoen (Boston, MA), while Vayda added 11 off the bench shooting 3-for-4 from behind the arc. Freshman Tyri Hampton (Fitchburg, MA) chipped in with 10 points and five rebounds.
The Rams are back in action on December 6th at Plymouth State at 7pm, while the Engineers travel to Fitchburg State on Saturday at 1pm.
Release Courtesy Framingham State Sports Information