UMass Lowell hadn’t lost since its first game of the season, that was until Wednesday.
The River Hawks, which led by as much 10 in the first half, took a 39-35 lead into the break, but couldn’t hold on in an 87-80 loss to Sacred Heart.
With 14:04 remaining, the Pioneers’ Kinnon LaRose connected on a 3-pointer that capped a 15-2 run, as Sacred Heart led 50-41.
UML would chip away, however, and Jahad Thomas’ layup made it a 52-49 game, but the Pioneers kept their foot on the gas pedal and turned a 3-point lead into a 13-point cushion with 2:10 remaining, to sink the River Hawks.
UML was outrebounded 38-29 in the defeat.
Matt Harris led the River Hawks with 23 points and Thomas tossed in 22.
UML returns to action Sunday at 2 p.m. against NJIT (4-3).