LOWELL, Mass. – The UMass Lowell River Hawks men’s basketball team wraps up a three-game week at the Tsongas Center against UMBC on Saturday.
A WIN WOULD
The River Hawks would sweep the season series against the Retrievers with a win. It would also mark the team’s fourth win in the last five meetings between the squads.
LEADING THE FLOCK
Allin Blunt is averaging 11.0 points per game to pace the squad. Max Brooks, who adds 10.1 points, boasts a team-best 5.9 rebounds per game and 49 blocks. Justin Faison adds 52 assists, while Everette Hammond totals 30 steals.
LAST TIME OUT
John Hall notched a season-high 20 points in an 87-85 heartbreaker for UMass Lowell that was decided in the final seconds at Stony Brook on Feb. 9. The game was truly a back-and-forth battle, featuring a total of 10 tied scores and 11 lead changes in the second half alone. Down the stretch, Allin Blunt converted on a three-point play to give the River Hawks the lead for the final time with seven seconds on the clock. However, the Seawolves’ Anthony Roberts, who finished with a game-high 28 points, made the most of his team’s last possession as he executed a full-court drive-through traffic for the and-1 to seal the outcome.
HALL OF FAME PERFORMANCE
John Hall shot an impressive 81.8% (9-11) from the floor at Stony Brook on Feb. 9 to lead five double-digit scorers for the River Hawks. He set a new personal best with nine field goals en route to a season-high 20 points.
The River Hawks, who have ranked in the top two in the America East in shooting percentage for the previous three years, turned in their strongest shooting performance against a DI opponent this year at Stony Brook on Feb. 9 (52.8%). The team has shot over 50% in its last two outings and is currently third in the league with a 44.4% clip. Max Brooks is pacing the conference, shooting 62.8% from the field.
THREAT ON THREES
The River Hawks’ shooting has ignited from long range as of late, averaging 49.0% (25-51) from beyond the arc during the three-game stretch from Feb. 2-7.
CLEANING THE GLASS
UMass Lowell logged a season-high 17 offensive boards against Hartford on Feb. 7. The team has been strong on the offensive glass all season, leading America East in offensive rebounds per game (11.3).
COMING ON STRONG
Allin Blunt, who logged his 100th career game at UMBC on Jan. 8, is playing some of his best basketball in his senior season. The forward, who logged the first 20-point games of his career against Maine and UAlbany, is averaging 16.3 points in the last seven outings.
TURNING UP THE PRESSURE
The River Hawks are doing a good job forcing the ball out of their opponents’ hands this season. The team is currently second in the league in turnover margin (+1.6) and first in steals per game (7.6).
PLAYING AT TSONGAS
The River Hawks played Sacred Heart in their first game at Tsongas in 660 days. With the win, the team is now 14-25 all-time in Tsongas.
ON HIS BLOCK
Max Brooks set a new, all-time program record with 10 blocks at UAlbany on Jan. 12. He leads the conference and is 30th in the country with 2.38 blocks per game.
DEFENSE WINS GAMES
This year, Coach Duquette has made defense a huge point of emphasis for his program, which typically leads the America East in several offensive categories. So far, the River Hawks are first in the league and 50th in the nation in FG% defense. The team held Fisher to an all-time program-low 38 points on Nov. 27.
PUTTING UP A FIGHT
So far, seven of the team’s 11 losses, including six conference losses have featured double-digit lead changes.
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