UML Teams Get Nipped by UNH
DURHAM, N.H. -- Sophomore Obadiah Noel recorded a game-high 20 points with a team-best eight rebounds, as the UMass Lowell men’s basketball team came up just short in a 68-64 loss at America East foe New Hampshire on Wednesday.
UML fell to 8-9, 0-2 league, while UNH improved to 2-13, 1-1 AE.
Noel was joined in double figures by redshirt-junior Christian Lutete, who totaled 13 points, as well as freshman Alex Rivera (Lowell) and redshirt-senior Josh Gantz with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Gantz scored on back-to-back possessions and senior Ryan Jones knocked down a three from the far corner to help the River Hawks jump out to an early lead in the opening minutes of the contest, but a 9-2 spurt by the Wildcats gave the home squad a 17-13 advantage with 12:14 remaining in the first half.
UNH maintained at least a two-point margin until UMass Lowell mounted a 10-2 run that was capped off by a triple from Lutete to pull ahead, 27-23, at 5:07. The Wildcats were able to tally the next four points and even the board, but free throws from freshman Bryce Daley and Noel in the waning minutes gave the visitors a slight, 31-30 edge at the break.
New Hampshire registered seven of the first eight points coming out of halftime to regain the upper hand, but Lutete would knot the score at 37-37 following five straight points. The River Hawks fell behind by five during a four-minute scoreless stretch.
LOWELL -- Despite an 18-4 run in the third quarter, the UML women’s basketball team dropped a back and forth contest, 56-53, to New Hampshire in America East action at the Tsongas Center.
Linda Svenne’s potential game-tying three at the buzzer would not fall as the River Hawks (5-11, 1-2) dropped their second straight conference tilt. Brianna Rudolph led the effort with 17 points, and Bri Stiers set a career high with 13. For the second consecutive contest, Ren’Cia Rolling registered nine assists.
Trailing 38-25 at the break, the River Hawks erupted for the third quarter’s first 16 points and retook the lead at 39-38 with a layup from Stiers. The Wildcats would pick up their first bucket of the half with 1:41 left, and scored four straight, but Rudolph answered for the 43-42 lead entering the fourth.
FITCHBURG -- Senior Jonathan Perez, a Lowell High graduate, scored a team-high 20 points for Fitchburg State in a 102-96 victory over Salem State.
Perez came off the bench and added eight rebounds and four assists in the victory for the Falcons. Junior guard and Lowell High grad Sean Bryan scored 22 points for Salem State in defeat. Freshman Melvin Worley, an Innovation Academy alum from Lowell, scored five points for the Vikings.