Hartford 76, UMBC 70

Nate Sikma scored 20 points as Hartford hung on to beat

Maryland-Baltimore County 76-70 Tuesday night.

The Hawks (5-19, 5-7 America East Conference), who snapped a

five-game losing streak, led throughout the second half, but UMBC

(3-20, 2-9) cut the lead to one point five times, the last at 65-64

with 6:17 remaining after a jumper by Chase Plummer.

Plummer led the Retrievers with 28 points.

Andres Torres’ 3-pointer gave Hartford a 68-64 lead and his

layup with 2:42 remaining made it 71-66. UMBC never got closer than

three points after that.

UMBC, which has lost five straight, led by as many as 10 points,

33-23, in the first half before a 14-2 Hartford run, capped by

Sikma’s 3-pointer. The Hawks went on to lead 44-41 at halftime.

Both teams shot exceptionally in the first half, Hartford made

66.7 percent (14 of 21) and UMBC 60.7 percent (17 of 28).