The Hartford Hawks men's basketball team dropped to 4-17 overall and 1-11 in the America East with a 67-55 loss to New Hampshire today in West Hartford. The Hawks lose for the ninth consecutive time while New Hampshire snaps a five-game slide and improves to 6-16 overall and 5-8 in the America East.
The Hawks shot a season-low 29 percent from the floor hitting just 20 of 67 shots and shot just 38 percent from the free-throw line (nine of 24) on the day. UNH shot 50 percent from the floor and hit 18 of 25 free-throws on the afternoon.
The Hawks led 29-28 with 3:07 left in the first half but would go more than 15 minutes without a field goal and were outscored 26-6 during that span, they trailed 54-35 with 7:49 left in the second half. The drought would see the Hawks miss 14 consecutive shots and not score a field goal in the second half until the 7:49 mark. The Wildcats were led by Marcus Bullock and Chris Brown who each scored 12 points, 12 different players scored in the game for the Wildcats. UNH had 10 players play at least 12 minutes in the game. Hartford outrebounded the Wildcats 45-37 including 25 offensive rebounds but were unable to convert from the floor and the free-throw line on the afternoon.
Hartford was led by senior guard Keyon Smith who scored a team-high 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Freshman Louis Bosley had eight points and nine rebounds while sophomore Josh Odugbela had nine points and eight boards in the loss for Hartford. The Hawks, who hit a three-point basket for the 285th consecutive game, shot just six of 26 from behind the arc (23%).
The Wildcats return to action on Sunday at home against Maine. Tip-off is 1 p.m.