Men’s Basketball Falls to UMass Lowell, 58-52

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team fell by a score of 58-52 to the University of Massachusetts-Lowell River Hawks in Saturday night at Lundholm Gymnasium on Senior Recognition Night.

The loss drops the Wildcats to 6-21 on the season and to 4-10 in America East play while the River Hawks improve to 9-18 overall and to 7-8 in conference action.

The River Hawks scored first at 17:12 in the first half with a layup from Kerry Weldon. Exactly one minute later, Antonio Bivins went 1-1 from the line after being fouled by Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) on a layup. Senior Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.) tied the score at 3 with a jumper from behind the line at 15:53. Just 33 seconds later, senior center Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.) claimed the Wildcat's first lead of the game with a layup, but the lead was short lived as River Hawks tied the score at five in half the time.

It took two minutes, but Akeem Williams reclaimed the lead for the River Hawks with a three pointer, but then just one minute later, Jaleen Smith  (Freeport, Texas) would set off a 6-0 scoring run before Williams would put in end to the streak with a layup at 8:31 to make the score 11-10.

Over the next four minutes, the teams would swap leads five times before Mark Cornelius would claim a 19-18 lead for Lowell at 3:10. Tyler Livingston followed Cornelius with a three of his own before Jacoby Armstrong (Sasche, Texas) was able to bring the score to 22-20 with a layup at 2:17. Weldon made another layup for Lowell, before Smith scored his fifth point of the night on a three pointer to make the score 24-23 in favor of the visitors going into the half.

Weldon kicked off the second half scoring with a layup just 22 seconds in, but Pelcher retaliated with a hard slam-dunk on the next possession making the score 26-27. At 17:33, senior guard Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) gave the Wildcat their first lead of the half after being fouled on a layup, but was unable to convert from the stripe.

Bivins and Weldon went a combin ed 2-4 from the line to give Lowell a 28-27 lead 1t 16:34. Williams matched their two points and raised them a layup spurring an eight point run before Armstrong hit a jump shot before to make the score 38-29 at 13:00.

It was just over three minutes before sophomore Frank Okeke (DeSoto, Texas) hit a three pointer to bring the Wildcats within four. Bronner and Armstrong combined 5-6 from the stripe to outdo a Lowell layup from Mark Cornelius. Over the next four minutes, the teams went back and fourth before Daniel Dion (Cedar Park, Texas) would lead the Wildcats on a 6-4 run before Armstong would continue his hot streak from the line going 2-2. 

Despite a clutch three from Dion at 49 seconds, the Riverhawks went on a 9-2 run to clinch the 57-52 victory.

The Wildcats held the River Hawks to a 38.5 percent rate from the floor (20-of-52) and to a 3-of-14 ratio from behind the arc. The Wildcats outscored UMass Lowell in second chance points, 15-10. 

The Wildcats return to the court on Thursday, Feb. 27 as they travel to Albany for a night tilt. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

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