Lowell, Mass.—UMBC men's basketball fell, 67-51 to UMass Lowell on Thursday. Freshman Malcolm Brent paced the Retriever (3-19, 1-8 AE) offense with 15 points.
Freshman Malcolm Brent (Silver Spring, Md./Northwood) opened things up with a pair of trifectas, as the Retrievers raced out to an early 6-0 lead, and would lead 13-8 at the first media timeout.
The River Hawks would not go quietly, as they fought back, cutting the Retriever lead to just three at 20-17, but junior Cody Joyce (Churchton, Md./Southern) had the answer. Joyce would go 5-5 from the charity stripe in a span of four minutes to keep UMBC ahead.
Jakob Stenhede (Goteburg, Sweeden/Lerums Gymnasium) hit a huge put-back that propelled the Retrievers ahead by two midway through the half. From there, the River Hawks and Retrievers would fight back and forth, with each team taking turns with the lead, with UML would take a 35-34 lead into the locker rooms.
Joyce and Brent led UMBC with 11 points apiece in the opening frame. Joyce added four rebounds, while Brent had three and two assists. The Retrievers shot 45.8% (11-24) from the field, including 5-10 from three point range.
UMass Lowell would open the second half by extending the lead to three, before a Jourdan Grant (Bowie, Md./Archbishop Spalding) driving layup cut the deficit to just one. From there, the River Hawks would go on a 6-0 run and never look back.
Turnovers were a big factor in the second half, as UMBC committed 11 second half turnovers.
UML would extend that lead to 55-42 midway through the quarter, holding the Retrievers without a bucket until Brent would get an offensive rebound and make the layup after going four minutes without a point.
The River Hawks would hold on to win, 67-51. Brent led the Retrievers with 15 points, adding five rebounds. Joyce chipped in 14 points with nine boards. Grant had nine for UMBC, while Stenhede had four points and seven rebounds.
The Retrievers will be back on the hardwood on Saturday, Feb. 7 against New Hampshire. The meeting with the Wildcats is slated for 1:00 p.m.