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Vikings Run Win Streak to Seven

Vikings Run Win Streak to Seven

Framingham, Mass.— Sean Bryan (Lowell, Mass.) led four Salem State players in double figures as Salem State improved to 8-1 in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) with a 91-70 win over Framingham State on Saturday afternoon. The Vikings improve to 14-8 overall and extended their win streak to seven games. The Rams dip to 5-16 and 4-5 in conference. 

Bryan led all Vikings with 21 points shooting 7-of-9 from the charity stripe. Hakeem Animashaun (Dedham, Mass.) added a double-double with 14 points and a game best 17 boards. Temitope Bailey (West Springfield, Mass.) chipped in 12 for Salem while Melvin Worley (Lowell, Mass.) added 11 from the bench.

After a Tyri Hampton (Fitchburg, Mass.) basket two minutes into the game to give the Rams a 6-4 advantage the Vikings rattled of a 14-4 run capped by a Matt McCune (Somerville, Mass.) trey to lead 18-10 about eight minutes into the game.

The Vikings pushed their first half lead to as much as 17 on a Bryan free throw late in the half as the two teams headed to the locker room with the visitors up 43-28.

The Rams came out of the half with a 9-3 run to cut the deficit back to 10 on a Hampton jumper four minutes into the frame but that's as close as they would come.

Leading 11, 63-52, the Vikings pushed their lead to 17 after a 6-0 run capped by an Evan Mason (Gloucester, Mass.) free throw with about ten minutes to play.

The Rams were paced by senior Manny Payton (Fitchburg, Mass.) with a game-high 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Hampton added 15 points while Khaneil Bruce (Cambridge, Mass.) chipped in 14.