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Slow Start Dooms the River Hawks on Road

November 26, 2018

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Despite outscoring the home team in the second half, the UMass Lowell men’s basketball team was handed an 83-71 loss at Duquesne of the Atlantic 10 Conference on Sunday afternoon.

The River Hawks (4-4), who trailed by as many as 18 in the outing, closed the gap to just eight inside of the last three minutes, but were unable to come any closer.

“We didn’t do a good job in the first half defensively,” said head coach Pat Duquette. “We were much better in the second half, but you’re not going to win a game on the road against an Atlantic 10 opponent unless you play 40 really good minutes.”

Freshman Alex Rivera (Lowell) posted a team-high 19 points, including a personal-best five 3-point field goals. Sophomore Obadiah Noel followed with 18 points, while redshirt-senior Josh Gantz rounded out the double-digit scorers with 14 points. Redshirt-junior Christian Lutete had nine rebounds.

and five assistsl.

Gantz floated one in to put the River Hawks on the board first in the contest, and although the teams traded buckets with nine lead changes in the opening minutes, UMass Lowell used layups from redshirt-junior Connor Bennett (Wilmington, Mass.) and senior Ryan Jones (Rio Rancho, N.M.) , and a three from Rivera, to pull ahead, 14-12, with 15:16 remaining in the first half.

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