LOWELL, Mass. — UAlbany men’s basketball is stuck in a rut, and right now, the Great Danes can’t find their way out of it.
UAlbany suffered its sixth straight loss on Wednesday night, falling 66-50 to UMass Lowell in an America East contest at Costello Athletic Center. The River Hawks raced to a 13-5 lead before the game was five minutes old, led 39-17 at halftime and never looked back.
The last time the two teams met was the Great Danes’ most impressive performance of the season, with UAlbany (1-8 America East, 6-18 overall) powering to an 89-63 win on Jan. 8 at Hudson Valley Community College.
Head coach Dwayne Killings’ team hasn’t won since.
“I think we’ve hit a little bit of a wall,” Killings said. “It’s a long season.”
Gerald Drumgoole Jr. led UAlbany with 18 points and Sarju Patel scored 12, but UMass Lowell (6-4, 18-6) dominated the game on the interior, finishing with a 44-29 rebounding advantage and a 34-18 scoring edge in the paint.
Allin Blunt led UMass Lowell with 13 points, Cam Morris III scored 12 and Max Books was a force on the inside, scoring seven points and posting 11 rebounds and four of the team’s eight blocked shots.
UAlbany shot 8 of 19 from 3-point range, but was just 9 of 35 inside the arc.
The Great Danes will be back at home Saturday at 3 p.m. for a matchup with conference leader Vermont, the one team in the America East that UAlbany has yet to play this season.