Hartford senior guard Joe Zeglinski led all scorers with 18 points as the Hawks (3-13, 1-2) snapped an eleven-game losing streak. Zeglinski and Satchell were their team's respective America East Players of the Game.
The first half featured 13 lead changes and seven ties and the largest lead was UMBC's 28-23 advantage with 6:28 to play. Freshman wing Shawn Grant hit all three of his attempts behind the arc for the Retrievers and tallied 10 points in the first 20 minutes. Zeglinksi scored 14 of his squad's 34 points in the first half, as UMBC held a narrow 35-34 lead at intermission.
Hartford regained the advantage and held a small lead for most of the second half until UMBC senior wing Matt Spadafora (Richboro, Pa.) tied the game at 55-all with a three-point play with 8:03 to play. But on the ensuing possession, Hartford's Kevin Estes driving layup and free throw against an overzealous UMBC defense restored a three-point Hawk advantage and the visitors would not trail again.
The Retrievers would come within one point three times down the stretch. Spadafora hit a three-pointer with 3:12 remaining to bring UMBC to within 65-64, but that would be the Retrievers final field goal of the game. On the next possession, UMBC forced a Zeglinski miss from long range, but the Hawks garnered their 14th offensive rebound of the game and Hawk forward Joel Barkers converted two free throws to restore a three-point advantage.
Hartford would outscore UMBC, 9-4, down the stretch, including 7 of 8 from the free throw line, to seal the win and even the all-time series at 7-all.
UMBC (1-15, 0-3) sophomore guard Chris De La Rosa (Washington Heights, N.Y.) scored 12 points for UMBC, while Spadafora and Grant finished with 10 points each. Barkers scored 16 points for the Hawks, while junior wing Morgan Sabia added 15 and a game-high eight rebounds.
After hitting 11 of 20 shots from the floor and five of seven behind the arc in the first half, UMBC slumped to 10 of 25 and 2 of 9 respectively in the second half. The Hawks surged from a 37 percent effort (11 of 30) in the first half, to 54 percent in the final 20 minutes.
Hartford outrebounded UMBC, 33-26, including 14-8 on the offensive glass and outscored the Retrievers, 15-6, on second chance points.
UMBC hits the road for a two-game swing of New York, facing Albany on Saturday and Stony Brook on Monday.