DURHAM, N.H. - Freshman forward Jacoby Armstrong (Sachse, Texas) scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds, but the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team dropped a 60-43 decision to the University of Hartford Hawks on Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Mark Nwakamma notched a game-high 18 points to pace the Hawks, who shot 40.0% from the field in the game. Wes Cole added 17 points on 5 of 9 shooting from beyond the arc and Yolonzo Moore II chipped in with 15 points for Hartford, which improves to 8-11 and 2-2 in America East Conference play.
Armstrong was named America East Player of the Game for the Wildcats with his 13-point effort. Freshman Daniel Dion (Cedar Park, Texas) pitched in with nine points and five rebounds for UNH, which drops to 3-14 overall and 1-3 in AE play.
UNH opened the contest on a 3-0 run over the first two and a half minutes of play. Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) netted a layup in the paint and Armstrong buried a free throw to get UNH on the board.
Hartford responded with a 9-2 run over the next four minutes, but UNH answered back with a 7-0 run to regain a 12-9 lead with 8:11 remaining in the half. Armstrong made two layups during the span and freshman Jaleen Smith (Freeport, Texas) added a layup and a free throw for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats led 19-17 with three minutes remaining in the first half, but the Hawks closed out the stanza with an 8-0 run to take a 25-19 lead into halftime. Nwakamma paced the Hawks' offense in the first half with eight points, while Moore II notched seven for Hartford in the period. Armstrong and Smith led the Wildcats in the first half with six points apiece.
Hartford extended its lead to 11 points with a 5-0 run to open the second half. Nwakamma opened the half with a layup and Corban Wroe nailed a 3-pointer to put the Hawks up 30-19.
With 16:28 remaining and Hartford holding a 34-23 lead, the Wildcats used a 6-0 run to cut the Hawks' advantage to five points. Armstrong started the run for UNH with a free throw and then followed with a layup to bring UNH within eight points. Frank Okeke (DeSoto, Texas) capped the run with a 3-ball from the right corner to make it 34-29 with 12:22 left.
Holding a 47-40 lead with 5:58 remaining, Hartford closed out the contest on a 13-3 run to capture the victory.
Next up for the Wildcats is an America East matchup with Vermont on Monday, Jan. 20 (7 p.m.) at Patrick Gymnasium in Burlington, Vt. UNH returns home Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. when they host AE rival Albany. For tickets, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.