The Hartford Hawks (5-4) dropped their first home game to their cross-town rivals, the Central Connecticut Blue Devils (1-7), Saturday night at the Chase Family Arena in Hartford. The Hawks came in the game already on a two game losing streak, but were looking to turn things around, while the Blue Devils were simply trying to collect their first win.
Poor shooting from the field, missed layups, and no luck from the three-point line, played a huge role in the Hawks losing effort. Hartford shot 28.8 percent from the field and held a 24.0 percent average from the three-point line. The Hawks made just 11-of-29 shots.
Central Connecticut never trailed in the contest, leading Hartford 22-8 with 9:08 left in the first half. The Blue Devils dominated the post game, led by junior forward Brandon Peel. He recorded his second double-double on the season (16 points and 16 rebounds), and the team shot 42 percent overall. Central Connecticut also controlled the boards, out rebounding Hartford 42-37.
Senior Forward Mark Nwakamma kept Hartford close down the stretch with a big second half performance, finishing with 16 points and 8 rebounds. The Hawks pulled within two; however, Central Connecticut went on a 9-2 run that pretty much sealed the deal for their victory. Hartford Fans begin to exit the stands, knowing their seven game home winning streak, dating back to February had come to an end. Central Connecticut has won the last two games against Hartford and improves to 9-6 in the series.
Hartford looks end their losing streak this Tuesday, as they go on the road to face Holy Cross; meanwhile, Central Connecticut looks to extend their winning streak to two, as they face University of Maryland Baltimore County on Wednesday at home.