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River Hawks Picked Fifth in AE Preseason Coaches’ Poll

River Hawks

Christian Lutete Named to the League’s Preseason All-Conference Team

BOSTON, Mass. – The UMass Lowell River Hawks men’s basketball team was picked to finish fifth in the 2019-20 America East Coaches’ Preseason Poll, as announced by the league on Thursday. Additionally, redshirt-senior Christian Lutete (Silver Spring, Md.) was named to the Preseason All-Conference Team.

The River Hawks received 38 points to match their high placement in the poll since joining the conference in 2013-14. Last year, Head Coach Pat Duquette‘s squad compiled a Division I program record 15-17 overall record, including a 7-9 mark in conference games to finish fifth in the America East standings.

Reigning America East Champion Vermont was the unanimous first-place selection in this year’s poll with 68 points. UMBC picked up 53 points to finish second, while Stony Brook (48 points) and UAlbany (47 points) placed just ahead of the River Hawks in third and fourth, respectively. Binghamton and Hartford placed tied for sixth in this year’s preseason poll with 23 points apiece. Maine followed with 15 points to take the eighth spot and New Hampshire rounded out the standings with 13 points.

For just the second time since joining the conference, a River Hawk was named to the Preseason All-Conference Team. Lutete returns for his final season after having led the team with 18.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, and a 53 percent clip from the field.

UMass Lowell opens the 2019-20 season on the road against in-state foe Massachusetts on Tuesday, November 5.

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