Wildcats tamed as Hawks keep rolling

This past Thursday the  Hartford Hawks took a trip to the Durham, NH to try and keep their record over .500 in the conference and overall against the UNH Wildcats.

After Hartford took a 7-6 lead, both teams would go cold for over five minutes until Hartford’s John Peterson hit a layup with 10:02 remaining in the first stanza.

The game would stay close with each team trading shots, until the 2:55 mark when neither team was able to score.

The halftime score would be 19-19 with both the Hawks and Wildcats shooting about 32 percent from the field.

At the beginning of the second half, UNH earned its first lead of the game, but Hartford would stay close and tie the game at 27 with 13:56 left in the game.

The Hawks (11-9, 4-3) were then sparked by Mark Nwakamma, who hit the Hawks first six field goals in route to a 15-2 run over the next 7:30.

Hartford would hold their lead until the final buzzer, picking up a 51-40 victory over UNH.

While the Wildcats shooting percentage stayed similar throughout the game, the Hawks shot over 52 percent in the second half, which helped secure the win.

UNH also missed all 10 of their three-pointers, which made a big difference as well.

Hartford’s Mark Nwakamma led the team in points and rebounds with 23 and eight.

Evan Cooper would add 10 points of his own for the Hawks.

The Wildcats were led by Chandler Rhoads with 13 points, Ferg Myrick with 10 points and Chris Matagrano with 10 as well.

A big factor in Hartford’s arsenal has been the play of Mark Nwakamma, who is averaging almost 15 points and over five rebounds this season in just less than 30 minutes a game.  He also leads the team in steals with 32 and blocks with 19.

Nwakamma is a big threat in the paint and can even hit from the outside as well.

As the Hawks improve to 4-3 in the conference; the Wildcats have still yet to win a game in the America East going 0-6.

Hartford will play its next game at home on Wednesday January 30 against the second place Vermont Catamounts.

Tip off will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Chase Family Arena.

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