UML Splits with Binghamton
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Redshirt-junior Christian Lutete paced four double-digit scorers for the UMass Lowell men’s basketball team in an exciting 85-79 come-from-behind victory at America East opponent Binghamton (5-15, 1-4 AE) on Wednesday.
UML improved to 12-9, 4-2 AE
The River Hawks trailed by as many as 14 in the second half and were still down by double-digits with less than 10 left to play until freshman Alex Rivera (Lowell, 13 points) and Lutete combined for five points, sparking an 18-5 run that was capped off by three straight buckets from sophomore Obadiah Noel to put the visitors on top, 73-72, at 3:40. The Bearcats knotted the score for the final time at 75-75, but a triple from Noel gave the River Hawks the lead for good, as the squad sealed the decision with free throws by Rivera and redshirt-senior Josh Gantz in the final minute.
LOWELL -- During the program’s fifth annual Health & Fitness Field Trip Day, the UMass Lowell women’s basketball team fell to Binghamton, 70-50, on Wednesday morning, in front of 3,819 local elementary school students.
For the second straight contest, Kharis Idom (Orlando, Fla.) set a career high to lead the River Hawks (6-14, 2-5), scoring 21 points while shooting 8-of-13 from the field.
“I think we ran into a team that played harder than we did today,” said UML head coach Tom Garrick. “By the end of the fourth quarter we started to execute, but it was way too late. Credit to Binghamton because they came in here, executed and took advantage of where we lack to take control of the game.”
Binghamton (8-11, 3-3) opened the contest on an 12-4 run before back-to-back baskets for the River Hawks cut the gap to four. After Katie McKie (Austin, Texas) connected on a pair of free throws to make it 14-10, the Bearcats responded with their third three-pointer of the quarter to open a seven-point gap heading into the second.
The Bearcats carried the momentum into the quarter, before Idom scored five points to bring the UMass Lowell deficit. to 26-16.
Binghamton scored 10 of the next 14 points, including a bucket at the buzzer for the 36-20 advantage at the break.
Idom had seven points at the break and scored 12 of UMass Lowell’s 19 points in the final quarter, including a heave at the buzzer. The freshman also dished out three assists and connected on a trio of three-pointers.
The River Hawks have reached their bye week and will return to action at Maine on Jan. 30.