DURHAM, N.H.-- Keyon Smith led all scorers with 27 points and Darrick Jackson added 25 to lead the University of Hartford to an 84-71 America East victory over the University of New Hampshire on Thursday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The Hartford lead was just six points (77-71) with 2:05 to play after a pair of free throws by UNH's Brett LeFlem and the Wildcats had an opportunity to cut the lead to just three points, but Shawn Collette missed a three-pointer and Hartford called a timeout with 1:36 remaining.
It was all Hawks the rest of the way as the visitors put together a 7-0 run to close out the game. Rob Sawicki hit a pair of free throws with 1:09 to play to increase the Hartford advantage to eight points (79-71). Then Riyad King hit a right side layup with 51 seconds remaining to give Hartford (8-11 overall, 5-5 America East) a 10-point cushion (81-71). Ten seconds later, Smith connected on one of two free throws to increase the margin to 11 points (82-71). Garvin Gordon capped the scoring with a dunk to end the contest.
UNH (3-17 overall, 2-10 America East) kept it interesting most of the way and put together a 17-6 run midway through the second half to cut the Hartford advantage to 55-54 with 8:15 to play in the contest. Hartford pulled away from there for the win.
Leading the way in scoring for UNH was Chris Brown, who scored 17 points and pulled down a career-high and game-high 13 rebounds. Also playing well for the Wildcats was freshman forward Daniel Rasanen of Concord, N.H., who chipped in a career-high 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds. In all, four UNH players fouled out of the game.
The men cagers will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 5 when the squad entertains Vermont. Game time is 1 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium.