The Central Connecticut men’s basketball team was dealt an 86-69 setback at UMass Lowell on Sunday in the Costello Athletics Center.
The Blue Devils got a career-high 21 points from senior Khalen Cumberlander and a double-double from senior Tidell Pierre, but it was not enough to overcome the hot-shooting River Hawks.
CCSU slips to 2-8 overall following the defeat, while UMass Lowell is now 3-8.
Cumberlander led all scorers with 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting. He also collected a career-high five steals, matching a total set against UML last season. Pierre finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds for his first career double-double. Sophomore Austin Nehls added 11 points.
UML had five players in double-figures, led by Matt Harris and Logan Primerano with 16 points apiece.
The Blue Devils hung around early with Cumberlander scoring seven straight for CCSU at one point. His three-point play at the 14:41 mark got Central within 14-12.
Following a layup by Cumberlander at the 12:01 mark, UMass Lowell held CCSU to one field goal during a span of over seven minutes to pull away. The River Hawks used a 17-4 burst in that span to take a 39-20 lead following a three-pointer by Ryan Jones.
The Blue Devils scored five straight points to trim the deficit to 42-29 after a layup by senior Tafari Whittingham, but the River Hawks scored the final five points of the period to build a 47-29 lead at the half.