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Hartford beats New Hampshire 56-53

Jan 17, 2010 - 12:39 AM HARTFORD, Conn.(AP) -- Joe Zeglinski scored 26 points, leading Hartford to a 56-53 win against New Hampshire on Saturday.

Kevin Estes added 11 points and Morgan Sabia tied a career-high 11 rebounds for the Hawks (4-13, 2-2 America East Conference), who have won back to back games since dropping 11 straight.

The Hawks shot 90.9 percent from the foul line (10-for-11) compared to just a 54.2 mark (13-for-24) for New Hampshire.

After trailing by five points at halftime, the Hawks took the lead for good at 40-39 on a pair of Zeglinski free throws with 7:33 to play. Zeglinski, who scored 21 of his points in the second half, hit two more to put Hartford ahead 56-50 with 14 seconds left.

James Valladares hit a late 3-pointer to pull New Hampshire within the final margin.

Alvin Abreu scored 19 points and Valladares had 11 to lead the Wildcats (6-8, 1-2), who have lost four of five.