By: Mary Lakhan

The St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers (3-6) suffered a massive defeat by the Umass Lowell River Hawks (5-6) earlier today at the Costello Athletic Center in Lowell, MA. The River Hawks won with 63-94 lead.

The River Hawks got off to a fast start, taking a 7-point lead within the first few minutes of the contest. Junior Chauncey Hawkins with a good jumper shot would record the Terriers’ first two points. As the first half progressed, the Hawks continued to increase their lead, leaving the Terriers struggling to come back. The first half ended with the Terriers trailing 36-45.

In the second half, the Terriers came out on a mission as they went on a 7-0 run bringing the score to 43-47. However, the River Hawks started pulling away again as they went on a 7-2 run. With back to back lay-ups, the Terriers would close the gap 50-53. This gave them hope however this hope would be short-lived as the River Hawks went on a 30-9 run bringing the score to 59-80. The River Hawks would go on to take the game 63-94.

Graduate guard Christian Lutete led the River Hawks with an impressive 25 points in 31 minutes. He grabbed nine rebounds and landed eight of nine shots at the free-throw line.

Freshman guard Ron Mitchell and forward Connor Withers finished with a total of 25 points. Mitchell recorded 19 points, four rebounds, and a perfect three shots at the free-throw line within 28 minutes. Withers recorded six points, five rebounds, five assists, and four blocks in 35 minutes.

Junior guards Jordyn Owens and Obadiah Noel tallied a combined 32 points. Owens scored 18 points, two assists and recorded a perfect seven shots at the free-throw line in 25 minutes. Noel scored 14 points, recorded three rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 28 minutes.

For the Terriers, Senior forward Deniz Celen led his team with the highest scored point and rebounds for the contest. He scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 21 minutes.

Freshman guard Rob Higgins recorded nine points in 26 minutes. He also finished with three rebounds.

Junior guard Chauncey Hawkins tallied eight points and three rebounds in 29 minutes of play.

Graduate guard Unique McLean, junior forward Yaradyah Evans and sophomore Stevan Krtinic all finished with six points. In 20 minutes, McLean record six points and two rebounds. In 22 minutes, Evans recorded six points and six rebounds. In 28 minutes Krtinic recorded six points and four rebounds.

The Terriers will be in action on Tuesday, December 10, at the Pope Education Center, Brooklyn Heights, NY, as they face the Presbyterian Blue Hose. Game tips off at 3 p.m.

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