NCAAB Game Recap - Hartford at Northwestern
Sun Dec 29, 2019 4:00 PM EST

WVU
67
OhSt
59
F
Kansas
72
Stan
56
F
AlSt
59
Oreg
98
F
Lipsco
59
Aub
86
F
UMassL
60
Mich
86
F
Bry
70
MD
84
F
W MI
62
MSU
95
F
Navy
56
UVA
65
F
Corn
59
PSU
90
F
CSBak
58
TxTch
73
F
KennSt
51
Iowa
93
F
Norf
65
Stony
81
F
AlaAM
56
ND
82
F
NJIT
47
UConn
69
F
(N/A)
55
CenCT
89
F
Lib
57
LSU
74
F
CmbTN
42
Chat
72
F
Iona
54
Colora
99
F
(N/A)
48
ETSU
117
F
KTChr
56
Presb
81
F
TXAMC
52
Nebras
73
F
NCAT
64
Ill
95
F
(N/A)
45
Bingha
98
F
VMI
82
USC-Up
91
F
Lafy
67
SacHr
66
F
HolyC
62
Sien
74
F
Campbl
63
Ohio
55
F
SeLA
31
OkSt
82
F
(N/A)
72
TN-M
92
F
(N/A)
48
SIU-E
96
F
AbCh
66
WichSt
84
F
SamH
75
Rice
61
F
Duques
61
Marsh
83
F
(N/A)
45
Radf
90
F
UCDav
69
NM
74
F
Hartfo
67
NW
66
F
TNTec
63
Miss
80
F
Leh
62
Princ
71
F
App
60
NCSU
72
F
URI
89
MidTN
62
F
Alc
57
SCla
92
F
(N/A)
67
USD
93
F
ChBap
61
NWSt
101
F
LoyMD
51
VACom
85
F
FlAtl
58
SoFL
60
F
(N/A)
59
SEMO
74
F
NDSt
66
Denv
55
F
SDSt
78
NebOm
81
F
SDak
75
W IL
82
F
N DA
66
OrSt
83
F
Harv
71
Cal
63
F
NNMU
30
NMSt
104
F
UCSB
85
ULLa
77
F
Tuls
67
KansSt
69
F
Boston
69
(N/A)
67
F
MD-ES
37
VaTec
92
F
Ark
71
Ind
64
F
Rich
78
Alab
90
F
BethC
67
StLou
77
F
ArkPB
50
WaSt
65
F
Maine
51
HI
91
F
FlGlf
58
USC
71
F

Dec 29, 2019, 4:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Hartford (7-7)

37

30

67

Northwestern (5-7)

31

35

66

Ellison scores 16 to lead Hartford over Northwestern 67-66
Sun Dec 29, 2019 7:57 PM

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Hartford coach John Gallagher said his team finally has come together. Players have returned healthy - just in time for a victory against a Big Ten team.

Malik Ellison scored 16 points and Hunter Marks hit a jumper with 1.4 seconds left and blocked the final shot attempt as Hartford beat Northwestern 67-66 on Sunday.

Miroslav Stafl added 15 points and Marks had 10 for the Hawks' third straight win.

"This is the first time we have all 14 players on our roster," Gallagher said. "We're 7-7. Realistically, we gave away four games, so we're really a nine- or 10-win team right now, but that's not the record."

Miller Kopp led Northwestern with 24 points, including 17 after halftime. Ryan Young and Boo Buie each had 14 for the Wildcats, one of the youngest teams in the country.

Northwestern inbounded the ball up the court to Young before Marks blocked his final 3 attempt.

Hartford (7-7) shot 56% from the field compared to Northwestern's 37% in the teams' first meeting.

"Difficult loss, we've got to learn from it," Northwestern coach Chris Collins said. "It doesn't feel good for anybody. We have to get better in a lot of areas as we get back into the league."

The Hawks went 7 for 20 from 3-point range while Northwestern (5-7) was 6 for 22 from beyond the arc in its non-conference finale.

"We're a team that's very different than a month ago. We have way different pieces," Gallagher said. "We feel like we can win this game with the roster we have with Malik Ellison and Traci Carter being two fifth-year guys that have played at the highest level. Our young kids are really playing, and they have no fear. I'm excited about January and February."

Buie shot 5 for 14 after he averaged 25.5 points on 62% shooting in Northwestern's last two games.

The Wildcats have lost four of five.

Northwestern went on an 8-2 run to start to pull away in the final minutes. Layups from Stafl and Marks pushed Hartford within a point with 52.1 seconds left.

After a Northwestern turnover, Marks scored in the paint to give Hartford the lead for good.

"Two misdirection plays we ran we hadn't used all game - we kind of saved them," Gallagher said. "Fortunate."

Hartford led 37-31 at halftime after shooting 60.9% from the field to Northwestern's 35.7%. The Wildcats went on a 13-3 run before Hartford responded with an 18-6 run capped by D.J. Mitchell's four-point play.

Marks, who is from Philip Island, Australia, credited Hartford's preparation.

"We came in a day earlier than we usually would and threw in an extra practice," he said. "It was good."

BIG PICTURE

Hartford improves to 2-5 all-time against Big Ten teams. The Hawks are 0-3 against Penn State and 1-2 against Rutgers.

Northwestern is showing its inexperience. The Wildcats - the youngest team in the Big Ten - ends the non-conference schedule on a low note.

HE SAID IT

Northwestern trailed by as much as seven in its first game since the holiday break.

"There's no question, their energy in the first half was higher than ours," Collins said. "To our guys' credit, in the second half, we played really hard."

INJURIES

Anthony Gaines, a junior guard, missed his second consecutive game for Northwestern due to a shoulder injury. .A.J. Turner (leg) exited in the second half.

UP NEXT

Hartford plays its non-conference finale Tuesday at Bowling Green.

Northwestern visits Minnesota on Jan. 5.

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Leaders

Hartford PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
M. Dunne 0 0 0 2 0 0
K. Sullivan 0 0 0 0 0 0
Northwestern PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Coleman-Jones 0 0 0 2 0 0
A. Turner 0 0 0 1 1 0

Team Comparison

Hartfo NW
Points For 67 66
Field Goals 27/48-56% 23/62-37%
Three Pointers 7/20-35% 6/22-27%
Free Throws 6/14-43% 14/18-78%
Offensive Rebounds 1 8
Defensive Rebounds 34 24
Rebounds 39 34
Blocks 3 1
Steals 4 7
Turnovers 15 5
Personal Fouls 18 15
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Hartfo Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sun Dec 29 Hartfo 67 @ NW 66 R. Boxus 2 R. Beran 1

Game Information

Stadium: Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Illinois
Attendance: 5,304
Game Time: