River Hawks’ comeback attempt falls short against Seawolves

Redshirt junior Jahad Thomas tallied 18 points in the River Hawks’ losing effort against Stony Brook on Monday afternoon. (Christina Laderoute/Connector)

Marlon Pitter
Connector Editor

The UMass Lowell men’s basketball team fell to the Stony Brook Seawolves 86-75 in a back-and-forth contest at Costello Athletic Center Monday afternoon.

The Seawolves led by as many as 17 points with 6:58 left to play in the first half, but the River Hawks were able to cut the deficit to one at 55-54 after a three-point play from junior guard/forward Jahad Thomas with 13:47 left in the second half.

After that, the Seawolves were able to pull away thanks to three straight turnovers by the River Hawks just before the under-12 media timeout in the second half, spoiling UMass Lowell’s best chance to take back the lead.

Tyrell Sturdivant led the game with a career-high 28 points and added six rebounds for Stony Brook. Sturdivant led the game at halftime with 16 points and made his first seven shots to give the visitors a 48-39 lead into the break.

Thomas turned in his 10th career and fourth consecutive double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds after a slow start with only three points and six rebounds in the first half. Senior forward Tyler Livingston, meanwhile, helped carry the load by leading the team with 23 points going 5-of-10 from beyond the arc.

As a team, Stony Brook shot 51.7 percent from the field. Along with Sturdivant, the Seawolves received double-digit scoring from Lucas Woodhouse with 17 points and Roland Nyama with 10. Stony Brook also capitalized on 20 points coming off 15 UMass Lowell turnovers and scored 34 points in the paint to UMass Lowell’s 26.

Sophomore guard Ryan Jones, who played all 40 minutes for the River Hawks, scored 16 points in the contest, with 14 coming in the first half, while sophomore guard/forward Logan Primerano added another 10.

The undersized River Hawks outrebounded their America East foe 33-27 and shot 45.5 percent from the field, but their defense was only able to force six turnovers throughout the game.

UMass Lowell will travel to Burlington, Vt. to face the University of Vermont Catamounts in another America East matchup Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

Marlon Pitter is a former editor-in-chief of the UMass Lowell Connector. Hailing from Hartford, Conn., he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in journalism and professional writing and a digital media minor in 2017. Follow him on Twitter @marlonpresents.

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