ORONO, Maine – Morgan Sabia scored 19 points and Hartford held off Maine 61-59 on Wednesday night.
The Hawks (4-10, 1-0 America East Conference) trailed by as many as eight in the first half and 26-22 at halftime before turning around early shooting woes. Hartford, which lost five straight before beating St. Francis (N.Y.) 82-74 on Jan. 3, was just 7 of 25 from the field in the first half (28 percent) before making 15 of 26 in the second (57.7 percent).
The score remained close until the Hawks broke a 42-42 tie with eight straight points, including six by Joe Zeglinski, who finished with 16.
The Hawks then led 65-49 before Maine (7-7, 1-1) used a 10-2 run to tie it for the 11th time on Troy Barnies' layup with 2:44 to go. Hartford, however, got a layup from Anthony Minor and a jumper from Sabia to pull away.
Barnies led the Black Bears with 18 points and Gerald McLemore added 13.