Men's Basketball Falls at UMass Lowell 84-72
Score: UMass Lowell 84, UAlbany 72
Location: Costello Athletics Center in Lowell, Mass.
Records: UAlbany (5-13, 0-3 AE); UMass Lowell (10-9, 2-2 AE)
Short Story: UAlbany shoots lights-out in the first half but ultimately falls at UMass Lowell to stay winless in America East play.
Coach Brown: “I was very pleased with the first half, minus the turnovers. I was pleased with our defensive energy and focus. In the second half we didn’t make shots and we let that negatively affect our defense. We just had too many breakdowns. We haven’t been able to sustain for long enough periods to win games in league play so far. We knew UMass Lowell would be a very difficult team to guard and I thought for stretches we guarded them well. But we had a six-to-seven-minute stretch in the second half where we became unraveled a little bit and they took advantage of it.”
- UMass Lowell started the game shooting 0-6 from three
- UAlbany shot 13-14 to end the first half, including 5-6 from three
- UAlbany shot 70.8% from the floor in the first half
- The teams combined to shoot 22-25 from the free throw line
- UMass Lowell shot 69.2% in the second half
- UAlbany shot 34.4% in the second half
- Four Great Danes and five Riverhawks scored in double-figures
Losers of their last two straight, the University at Albany men’s basketball team visited UMass Lowell Wednesday night for their first road trip of the America East schedule. Against the Riverhawks, UAlbany could not miss in the first half, building a seven-point lead behind 70.8% shooting, but cooled off in the second, falling by a final score of 84-72.
UMass Lowell entered the game leading the America East in scoring, averaging 81.2 points per game. At home, the Riverhawks had averaged 87.7 points, including 84.0 points per game at the Costello Athletics Center, but had averaged only 67.0 points in three America East conference games.
UAlbany and UMass Lowell traded points throughout the first part of the opening half. The Riverhawks shot 0-6 from three to start the game, but neither team led by more than two points through the first nine minutes. The lead changed eight times through the early part of the first, and the game was tied twice.
A quick 7-0 run mid-way through the first half gave UAlbany a 19-13 lead. The Danes’ run extended to 12-0 and lasted more than four minutes of game time before UMass Lowell scored again. During this stretch, UAlbany hit nine of 10 shots from the floor, including four of five from behind the arc. Devonte Campbell had already scored eight points off the bench for UAlbany, on 3-3 shooting, including 2-2 from three.
UMass Lowell responded with a 7-0 run of their own, bringing the game within five with 3:13 left in the half. The Riverhawks twice pulled within four points before halftime. Rayshawn Miller hit a deep three at the buzzer to put UAlbany up 42-35 heading into the locker room.
The Great Danes shot 13-14 from the floor to close out the first half, including 5-6 from three. Overall UAlbany shot 70.8% from the floor and 71.4% from three. Adam Lulka led UAlbany with nine points, and was one of four Great Danes to make at least two shots without a miss in the first half.
Cameron Healy continued the hot streak immediately to start the second half, hitting a three to put UAlbany up 10. UMass Lowell scored the next five to cut the lead to five.
After shooting 14-15, UAlbany missed eight of their next nine shots, but still led by seven. UMass Lowell cut the lead to two on a 5-0 run, and tied the game at 46 with 14:47 left in the second.
UAlbany quickly took back the lead, breaking a two-and-a-half-minute scoreless streak, and recorded two offensive rebounds on their next possession. The teams traded points for the next few possessions until the media timeout at 11:12 when the game was tied at 54.
UMass Lowell took a two-point lead with 10:23 left in the second. After two free throws with 8:49 remaining, UMass Lowell led by four, its largest lead of the night to that point.
Healy broke UMass Lowell’s 8-0 scoring run with a three to cut the lead to 64-59. After the run extended to 14-3, Campbell hit two free throws with 4:34 left to break UAlbany’s 2:12 scoreless streak and cut the lead to 70-61. UMass Lowell went on to win 84-72.
UAlbany shot just 34.4% from the floor in the second half, but still managed 50.0% for the full game. Healy led UAlbany with 19 points, followed by Campbell with 15, and Lulka and Clark with 13 each.
Next: The Great Danes’ road trip continues Saturday, January 19 at defending America East champion UMBC. Tipoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.