Red-Hot Hartford Sinks Men's Baskteball

Red-Hot Hartford Sinks Men's Baskteball

West Hartford, Conn. – Hartford buried 15-of-25 shots from behind the arc and pulled away late, defeating UMBC, 88-65, at Chase Family Arena.


Junior wing Will Darley (Timonium, Md./Dulaney) and sophomore guard Jourdan Grant (Bowie, Md./Archbishop Spalding) led the visitors with 15 points apiece.


Hartford (8-20, 3-10 AE) hit their first treys of the second half, but a Darley trey with 12:55 remaining in the second half cut the deficit to 50-45. A 7-0 run by the Hawks put the Retrievers down by 12, but UMBC responded with five straight points, including a trey by junior Ben Grace's (Baltimore ,Md./The Gilman School), which trimmed the gap to 57-50.


A three-point play by UMBC senior post Cody Joyce (Churchton ,Md.Southern) kept UMBC within striking distance at 70-60 with 6:11 to play. But the Hawks went on an 11-0 run to put the game out of reach down the stretch.


Joyce added 13 points for UMBC, while Grace hit 3-of-4 from behind the arc (9 pts.) and added three assists.


UH hit 9-of-12 shots from behind the arc in the final 20 minutes and finished the game at 56.6 percent overall (30-of-53) from the floor.


UMBC (6-22, 2-11 AE) never led in the first 20 minutes, as Hartford kept the Retrievers at bay by hitting 6-of-13 shots from behind the arc. The Hawks built a 17-10 lead just shy of the midpoint of the half, but the Retrievers got as close as 26-25 on junior Ben Grace's (Baltimore ,Md./The Gilman School) trey at the 3:15 mark. However, Hartford freshman George Blagojevic converted from behind the arc just before the horn to give the hosts a 36-30 advantage at the break.


Blagojevic hit all four of his shots from behind the arc and led all scorers with 23 points, whilej unior guard Pancake Thomas hit 5-of-7 from behind the arc and added 20 points.


UMBC returns home to entertain Vermont in a Saturday 7:00 p.m. clash at the RAC Arena.