The Hartford Hawks (12-10) are back at home for a chance to go on a two-game win streak against tough opponent Vermont (13-7).
The last time these two teams met was in the America East Semi-Finals, in which the Catamounts would pull out the win in a double overtime thriller.
The opening minutes began with both teams trading shot for shot both within striking distance of each other.
The first half was definitely one of defense, for at some points neither team would score for a couple of minutes.
After a layup by Vermont’s Ethan O’Day put the Catamounts up 5 with 3:46 to play, the Hawks would go on a 7-2 run to cut the deficit to 22-21 at the end of the half.
At halftime, Howie Schwab of ESPN’s sports game show “Stump the Schwab” would ask students sports questions at mid-court in order to win some prizes.
Hartford started off the second stanza strong, taking the lead and looked like they were going to pull away.
The Hawks increased their lead to eight with 14:04 to play, but it would all go down from their as the Catamounts took the lead back, ending the game on a 21-7 run with a final score of 49-43. Vermont took advantage of points in the paint, outscoring Hartford 30-16.
The Hawks were led by Mark Nwakamma, who finished the game with 12 points and eight rebounds, shooting 50 percent from the field. Brian Voelkel led the Catamounts in scoring with 12 points to go along with five rebounds. Vermont improves to 14-7, while Hartford drops to 11-10 overall.
The Hawks would try to redeem themselves against another tough opponent in Boston University on Saturday in the Chase Family Arena.
Over 2,500 people came to watch the Hartford Hawks take on (11-11) Boston Terriers, who were on a three game winning streak.
In the first 11:24 of play the game would be tied on four occasions and three lead changes. Hartford’s John Peterson hit a three with 5:47 to play in the first stanza sparking a 9-2 run capped off by another three by teammate Wes Cole with 1:55 left.
The Hawks would have a 10 point cushion heading into the second half.
At halftime, the Boston Celtics mascot, Lucky the Leprechaun, would perform and since it was Alumni Day for the basketball program, some of Hartford’s greatest players would make an appearances as well.
Boston continued its struggles in the second half, while Hartford maintained a lead between 6-12 points throughout the half.
The Hawks’ secured the win 66-58 improving their record to 12-10, while the Terriers would drop to .500.
The highlight for the Hawks was their bench scoring 25 points, including in the first half.
Peterson and Cole scored a combined 19 points out of the 25, while shooting a total average of 71 percent from the field. Hartford also shot over 51 percent from the field and over 44 percent from beyond the arc.
Hartford was led in the victory by Nwakamma, who recorded his first double-double of the season with 22 points and 12 rebounds, while also adding two steals and two blocks.
The Terriers were led D.J Irving with 14 points, Travis Robinson with 11 and Maurice Watson Jr. with 10.
Hartford plays its next contest on the road against the Binghamton Bearcats this Wednesday February 6 in Vestal, NY.
With six games left in the regular season before the America East tournament begins, every game is crucial.
The game begins at 7:00 p.m.