West Hartford, CT - The University of New Hampshire overcame a 17-point first half deficit to defeat the University of Hartford, 80-78, on Saturday afternoon in West Hartford. The Hawks fall to 4-12 on the season and 2-2 in the America East while the Wildcats improve to 4-10 on the year and 1-2 in the America East.
Hartford took a 12-11 lead early in the first half before New Hampshire guard Marcus Bullock picked up his third personal foul with 14:10 left in the first half. With Bullock out of the game the Hawks outscored the Wildcats 20-4 and built a 32-15 lead with 7:03 left in the half. Bullock returned to the game and the Wildcats went on a 25-10 run to end the half and cut the lead to 47-40 at the half. The run continued for UNH as they continued to cut away at the Hawk lead at tie the game for just the second time in the game at 60 with 10:43 left in the half. The rest of the game would see six ties and six lead changes as the Wildcats came away with the 80-78 victory, their first in America East play this season.
Hartford was led by sophomore guard Ryan Stys who scored a career-high 24 points and added five rebounds and three assists. Junior forward Pierre Johnson tied a career-high with 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Freshman guard Charles Ford scored a career-high 12 points and tied his career high dishing out five assists.
New Hampshire was led by Austin Ganly who had 24 points and five rebounds. Chris Brown picked up his seventh double-double in the last eight games with 24 points and 11 boards. Marcus Bullock had 18 on five of eight shooting from three-points range and Allen Gould added 10 in the win. Those four players scored 73 of UNH's 80 points.
Hartford outrebounded its eighth opponent of the season 44-38, including 19 offensive rebounds in the game.