Withers, Mitchell carry UMass-Lowell past Maine 71-63

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Connor Withers scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds as UMass Lowell beat Maine 71-63 on Wednesday night.

Ron Mitchell had 16 points and eight rebounds for UMass Lowell (10-16, 4-7 America East Conference). Allin Blunt added 12 points and Obadiah Noel 11 as the River Hawks outscored Maine 9-3 over the final 2:53.

Christian Lutete, who came in averaging an America East-leading 19.9 points per game, had nine for the River Hawks, hitting 1-for-7 from distance.

Sergio El Darwich had 13 points to lead the Black Bears (7-18, 3-8). Andrew Fleming added 12 points and nine rebounds. El Darwich earned National Mid-Major Player of the Week honors after leading Maine to a 2-0 mark with a 31-point, 9.5-assist average last week. His parents had traveled from Lebanon to see him play last week for the first time in more than five years.

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The River Hawks evened the season series against the Black Bears with the win. Maine defeated UMass Lowell 104-98 on Jan. 15. UMass Lowell matches up against Hartford on the road on Saturday. Maine matches up against Albany at home on Sunday.

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