UNION TWP. | After being held to eight points Saturday against Crown Point, Austin Richie couldn't wait for Lowell's next game.
"I put that one on myself," Richie said. "As a competitor, you really want that next chance. Luckily, it was only three days later."
Richie poured in a game-high 29 points, 13 of those coming at the foul line, for the Red Devils, who took it to short-handed Wheeler from the opening tip on their way to an 81-60 rout.
"I was proud of the guys," Richie said. "I can't say enough about them. We definitely bounced back."
Danny DeBoer backed Richie with 14 points, while 6-foot-8 Kyle Richwalski contributed a dozen points and eight rebounds.
"That's something we have to continue to look for," Lowell coach Nate Richie said. "When we do, good things happen. We can't make it too easy for teams try to put the main focus on Austin. We could've either hung our head and went through the motions or picked ourselves up, come back out and fight through it."
Lowell (10-8) established control early with trapping pressure, forcing eight turnovers in the first quarter, which saw Wheeler (13-7) go nearly four minutes before scoring. The Red Devils pushed the advantage to double digits in the second quarter and cruised from there.
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