Lowell, Mass. – UMass Lowell's Christian Lutete scored 26 points and led the River Hawks (9-9, 1-2 AE) to a 74-63 victory over UMBC (9-9, 1-2 America East) at Tsongas Center.
Graduate student forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) led the visitors with 20 points, but failed to hit from long range for just the second time this season. UMBC tied its season low with just three treys made in 16 attempts.
Sophomore forward Daniel Akin (London, England) posted a double-double with 11 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.
It took UMBC some time to get going, as the River Hawks sprang out to a 28-16 lead with 6:40 to play in the first half. The Retrievers would respond with an 11-2 run, sparked by three consecutive field goals by junior forward Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, Conn.) and trimmed the deficit to 30-27 after a K.J. Jackson (Houston, Texas) trey from the corner at the 3:20 mark. But Lamar picked up his second foul on the next UML possession and the River Hawks scored the half's next six points and took a 36-29 lead into the break.
The seven-point halftime deficit marked the ninth consecutive contest versus Division I competition that the Retrievers trailed at halftime.
The Retrievers briefly cut the lead to six points on three occasions early in the second half, but the River Hawks gradually built the lead to 54-40 with 9:09 remaining. UMBC got to within 65-57 at the 3:08 mark, but could get no closer.
Jackson and Lamar also scored in double figures with 11 and 10 points respectively. Jackson added four steals.
The Retrievers return home for a pair of games versus New York foes next week. UMBC hosts Binghamton on Wednesday, Jan. 16 and welcomes UAlbany on Saturday, Jan. 19.
Notes: Sherburne started for the 112th time today, tying Terence Ward's (1997-01) school record… He played in career game No. 120, tying fellow sharpshooter Brian Neller (2009-13) for third place on UMBC's all-time list… The last Retrievers to grab 15 or more rebounds in a game were Jairus Lyles (20) and Nolan Gerrity (15), who both accomplished the feat in December of 2016 versus the Citadel.