River Hawks Clip Army Behind Lutete, Rivera
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Led by redshirt junior Christian Lutete, who registered a season-high 25 points, the UMass Lowell men’s basketball team topped Army, 92-85, on day two of the Brown Bears Tip-Off Classic.
“This was an outstanding win for our program against a very good Army team,” said UML coach Pat Duquette. “We had a lot of really good contributions from different people. I’m disappointed we didn’t make our free throws down the stretch and I asked them during our final timeout if they wanted to give away a game they’ve worked so hard for that easily, and they responded awesome. Overall, I’m really happy for our guys. This was a great win on the road.”
Lutete drained four, first-half threes en route to his 25-point performance. Two other River Hawks set personal records in the outing, as sophomore Obadiah Noel matched a career high with 19 points and freshman Alex Rivera (Lowell) posted a season-best 16 points.
Redshirt-senior Josh Gantz rounded out the double-digit scorers for the team with 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds. As a team, the River Hawks (2-3) shot an impressive 61.4 percent (35-57) from the floor.
Lutete would spark a 14-6 run in the final minutes of the first half to give his squad a 44-42 edge at the break.
Army closed the gap to just one after halftime before UMass Lowell ignited a 12-3 run that gave the team its first double-digit buffer of the day, 57-47, at 16:09. The River Hawks maintained at least a six-point lead until the Black Knights scored seven in a row to pull within four at 66-62 with 7:28 to go.
The teams traded baskets down the stretch and Army continued to pressure, cutting the deficit to only one inside of three minutes to go. Rivera kept his squad ahead, though, with a long, off-balance jumper, as UMass Lowell secured the 92-85 victory.
ITHACA, N.Y. -- In a back-and-forth contest, the UMass Lowell women’s basketball team ran out of steam in the final quarter as Cornell was able to earn a 63-54 victory on Saturday.
The Big Red (2-1) held a 45-43 lead before going on a 12-2 run in five minutes to pull away.
Brianna Rudolph led the visitors with 14 points, and Ren’Cia Rolling grabbed 10 rebounds while adding five assists.
The River Hawks continue their road swing with a matchup at Butler on Nov. 20.
MADISON, Wis. -- UMass Lowell distance runner Paul Hogan (Burlington) posted his best-ever 10K cross country run Saturday on a snow-covered course and finished 60th in a field of 255 starters at the NCAA Cross Country 10K National Championships.
“Paul ran a really good race,” said UML coach Gary Gardner. “He just didn’t run a great race and today, in these conditions, he needed to run a great race to get All-American status. We’ll take 60th; he ran a solid race.”
Hogan clocked in with a time of 30-minutes, 14.82-seconds. That was some two-minutes faster than the time he posted in winning the NCAA Northeast Regional eight days ago.