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UMass River Hawks Beat Danes 86-54

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The University at Albany Great Danes men’s basketball team (8-17, 3-7 AE) fell to the UMass Lowell River Hawks (14-12 6-5 AE) 86-54 Wednesday night at SEFCU Arena.

Freshman Adam Lulka led UAlbany with 16 points and six rebounds, and Ahmad Clark added 12 points and eight assists. UMass Lowell redshirt junior guard Christian Lutete pulled in a double-double, scoring 20 points and recording 11 rebounds. Redshirt senior forward Josh Gantz also added 16 points and six rebounds.

In their previous meeting, the Danes lost a seven point halftime lead, as the River Hawks mounted a comeback and pulled ahead for a comfortable 84-72 victory back in January.

UAlbany took a quick 4-2 lead, but UMass Lowell bounced back, going up 15-7. UAlbany freshman guard Cameron Healy ended the first half with a layup at the buzzer, ending an 0-for-8 shooting streak for the Danes.

UMass took a 42-25 lead into the locker room at the half. UAlbany was going through a terrible offensive dry spell, shooting just one for nine from the floor, and shooting 32 percent in the first 20 minutes.

The Danes came out firing on all cylinders, going on a nine point run to start the second half. Junior Ahmad Clark cut the lead to seven points before UMass Lowell scored eight unanswered points. UAlbany would never come close to tying the game.

”I don’t think I’ve ever had a team, even when we played Kansas, Duke, (North) Carolina, that’s gotten outrebounded by 22” head coach Will Brown said, who is in his 19th season at UAlbany.

“We played poorly, and UMass Lowell played well.  It’s something for our guys to learn from. You’re not going to shoot 4-26 from three, 4-10 from the line…”

The 32-point loss is the worst UAlbany has suffered all since losing to Providence College 73-43 back in mid-December. In their previous meeting, the Danes lost a close road game, 66-62. The Danes will travel to Maine looking to rebound from their loss, and to turn their season around after recent losses.  

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