Playing schools from lower levels can be a tricky proposition. You never know what you are in store for. On Friday night, the UMass Lowell Riverhawks found out. This is the second time in the non-conference portion of the schedule that UMass Lowell had one of these games. As was the case the first time, the Riverhawks did what they were supposed to do and beat up on their opponents to the tune of 110-63 over the Maine-Fort Kent Bengals.
This game had its moments of interest but for the most part, the Riverhawks were in control. Yes, it could be pointed out that maybe the home team took too many shots from deep (14 -for- 34 for 41%) as opposed to just taking the ball to the basket all game long. The Riverhawks were the bigger team and had more options than the Bengals.
UMass Lowell jumped out to a 9-0 lead on the Bengals ninety second into the game. A Ryan Jones (19 points) jumper gave the Riverhawks their first double-digit lead at 14-4. It was 18-6 Lowell by the first media timeout as the Riverhawks came out of the gates shooting 7-for-8, 87 % with ten points in the paint.
For the most part, UMass Lowell was able to keep the lead at above ten points. Maine-Fort Kent did get it to under that number on five straight from Chance Cole (24 points, team, and game-high). With 9:17 left in the half, the advantage was seven at 31-24.
The Riverhawks restored the lead and went to the locker room with a seventeen point lead at 56-39. The home team shot 57% from the field and 47% behind the arc.
The second half was over with quickly. A 24-6 Riverhawks run, in which they made 11-of-16 shots, ended any suspense about the outcome.
On two different occasions, the lead ballooned to forty and above. And when Alex Rivers (16 points) convert a fast-break layup with 31 seconds left. The lead would be at its biggest at 47, 110- 63.
After the game, assistant coach, Biko Paris handled the post-game duties. He said, “both teams played hard, a good night overall for our guys”. When asked how the team can take this on the road with them, Paris said its starts with good ball movement and getting the young guys to believe.
Freshman, Allen Blunt was asked about his first twelve games with the team. He responded by saying “its been a lot of hard work keeping up with these guys”.
Other Riverhawks players in double-figures were Josh Gantt with 10, Christian Lutele with 20, Obadiah Noel had 14.
For the Bengals, Johnathon Caldwell finished with 12.
The Riverhawks jump back on the road, Tuesday night at St. Francis Brooklyn.
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