WEST HARTFORD, CONN.-- Sophomore guard Chris Vetrano (Andover, Mass.) led the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team with 18 points and junior center Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) poured in 17 points, but it was not enough as the Wildcats were defeated at America East rival Hartford on Saturday afternoon, 69-56.
The loss drops UNH's record to 9-15 overall and 6-7 in the America East standings, while the Hawks improved to 10-13 overall and 6-6 in the conference.
Hartford led most of the way and built up a 32-25 advantage at the half. The home team then went on to outscore the Wildcats by a 37-31 margin in the second half to post the victory.
Leading the Hawks in scoring was one of the conference's top players in Kenny Adeleke, who led all scorers with 23 points and all rebounders as well with 18 boards. Hartford also took advantage of a 15-point effort by Paris Carter and a 10-point, five-rebound day by Aaron Cook.
UNH struggled with its shooting on the afternoon, connecting on just 19 of 54 shots from the floor for a field goal percentage of .352, including just nine of 34 three-point attempts in the contest for a shooting percentage of .265. Meanwhile, Hartford connected on 24 of 45 field goals for an impressive field goal percentage of .533.
Hartford also won the battle of the boards, collecting 37 rebounds as compared to 24 by the Wildcats.
In addition to the strong efforts by Vetrano and Janev, sophomore forward Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) continues to improve with each game and finished with 13 points to round out the double digit scorers for the Wildcats, while he was also one of UNH's top rebounders with five.
Hartford also finished the game strong from the free throw line, connecting on 14 of 18 attempts from the charity stripe.
The men's basketball team will return home on Wed., Feb. 15 for an evening for a matchup with America East rival Stony Brook. Game time is 7 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium. Tickets for the game can be purchased online at www.unhwildcats.com/tickets.