LOWELL, Mass. – The UMass Lowell River Hawks men’s basketball team will host Stony Brook in its final game at Costello Athletic Center of the 2021-22 regular season on Wednesday.
A WIN WOULD
A win would split the season series against the Seawolves. It would also give the River Hawks two wins in their last three games at home.
LEADING THE FLOCK
Allin Blunt is averaging 11.1 points per game to pace the squad. Max Brooks, who adds 10.4 points, boasts a team-best 5.7 rebounds per game and 56 blocks. Ayinde HIkim adds 63 assists, while Everette Hammond totals 32 steals.
LAST TIME OUT
John Hall registered a double-double off the bench for UMass Lowell in a 78-64 setback against Binghamton on Feb. 19. Although the game featured nine lead changes and the score was only separated by a bucket seven minutes into the second, Binghamton used 79.2% shooting from the floor after halftime to pull ahead for the remainder of the outing. Hall, who totaled 10 points and 10 rebounds, was one of four double-digit performers for the River Hawks. Allin Blunt paced all UMass Lowell scorers with 15 points, while Ayinde Hikim and Max Brooks chipped in with 14 and 10, respectively.
PUTTING UP A FIGHT
So far, seven of the team’s 13 losses, including six conference losses, have featured double-digit lead changes.
The River Hawks, who have ranked in the top two in the America East in shooting percentage for the previous three years, shot a season-high 64.4% (38-59) from the field against UMBC on Feb. 12. The team shot over 50% in its three outings between Feb. 7-12 and is currently fourth in the league with a 44.7% clip. Max Brooks is pacing the conference, shooting 64.1% from the field.
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 the America East in offensive rebounds per game (11.0).
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 (+2.0) and first in steals per game (7.5).
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 27th 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 in FG% defense. The team held Fisher to an all-time program-low 38 points on Nov. 27.
With the performance against UMBC on Feb. 12, the River Hawks have now trailed in the second half in eight of their 13 wins so far. This includes two, double-digit comebacks this season. After trailing by as many as 12 in the first half at GW, the team most recently erased a 14-point deficit at Merrimack.
CONTROLLING THE BOARDS
Including the UMBC game on Feb. 12, the River Hawks have outrebounded opponents 13 times. The team currently owns a +1.6 rebound margin.
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
So far this year, UMass Lowell owns a 8-1 record when leading at halftime.
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