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FPU now nationally ranked

No. 24 Ravens take down Bentley

Four Ravens scored in double-figures and two more tossed in nine points apiece, as the No. 24 nationally ranked Franklin Pierce University men’s basketball team closed out its first half of the season last week with an important 93-84 win over Bentley at the Fieldhouse in Rindge.

The Ravens won for the sixth time in a row to improve to 11-1 and 6-1 in the Northeast-10. The win gave the Ravens a two-game lead over Bentley (7-3, 4-3 NE-10), as the Falcons came into the contest a game back in second place in the league standings of the Northeast Division.

Sophomore guard Tyler Iacuone and senior forward Adrianos Vourliotakis Perdikaris each pumped in a team-high 17 points to pace the Ravens, while forwards Ryen Vilmont and Ellis Cooper netted 16 apiece.

If that wasn’t enough a pair of reserves came off the pine to contribute offensively as senior guards Scotty Tavares-Taylor and Curtis Christian had nine points each.

Franklin Pierce shot 51 percent from the field, but the Ravens weren’t the only team on the court lighting it as the Falcons shot 50 percent themselves and had five register double-digit scoring outputs.

Tyler McFarland was an impressive 11-of-14 from the floor with a game-high 24 points, while Jasper Grassa followed with 18. Shaq Phelps and Andrew Shaw each logged 13 points, while Alex Furness chipped in 10. McFarland’s 24 points went along with 11 rebounds for a double-double.

Franklin Pierce’s balanced scoring was evident throughout the latter stages of the game, as seven different Ravens scored to keep them ahead the remainder of the way after Bentley had pulled to within five at 60-55 with 13:21 left.

Eight of the nine Ravens who played in the game scored.

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