Terriers Too Much for UML
BOSTON -- The UMass Lowell men’s basketball team dropped a 79-60 decision at in-state foe Boston University on Tuesday night.
The River Hawks were led by junior guard Christian Lutete, who shot 9-for-12 from the floor en route to 20 points. He was joined in double-figures by sophomore Obadiah Noel with 12 points. Noel also posted a team-high five rebounds.
The River Hawks slipped to 5-6, while BU improved to 6-4.
“We got beat by a better team tonight,” said UML head coach Pat Duquette. “They were physical and tough, and defended us better than anybody we’ve played all year. The good thing for me was I thought our first-half defense was the best it’s been, but outside of that, we got rushed by their defense. We weren’t able to generate open shots.”
It was just a 34-32 BU advantage at the half. Lutete and Noel combined for the River Hawks’ first three baskets coming out of halftime to keep their squad within two. However, the Terriers extended their margin to double-digits with a 14-4 run to lead, 54-42, with 10:33 left to play.
The teams traded baskets and UMass Lowell cut the deficit to 10 on three occasions, including at 58-48 following a layup from senior Josh Gantz and a pair of free throws by freshman guard Bryce Daley with 8:56 to go. The visitors were unable to come any closer, as BU stretched its lead as far as 23 inside of the final three minutes before sealing the 79-60 outcome.
The Terriers now lead the all-time series between the two squads, 4-3. The River Hawks head back home to finish the week against Maine Fort Kent on Friday (7 p.m.).