The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team caught a late wind to edge Hartford in the program's first America East game of the season.

The Wildcats ended the game on an 8-0 run to pick up a 77-69 win over Hartford at Lundholm Gymnasium in Durham on Sunday.

With the win, UNH moves to 2-2 on the season.

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Wildcats junior guard Marque Maultsby posted a career-high 21 points. No player on either team posted a higher point total for the game. Junior forward Nick Guadarrama added 19 points to supplement the UNH offensive effort.

The game featured 15 lead changes, the latest being in the final minutes when the Wildcats put the final 8 points on the scoreboard to clinch victory.

“Great team win for us," UNH head coach Bill Herion said. "Coming off the quarantine. Last time we played was three weeks ago today, at Quinnipiac, and we only practiced 5-on-5 this week since Thursday, so give the kids a lot of credit for sucking it up and finding a way. That was a very hard-fought game, and I’m really proud of them.”

Hartford was led by Traci Carter, who scored 21 points in the game. The Wildcats, meanwhile, shot 52.8% from the field and pulled down 39 rebounds. Hartford shot just 43.9% and grabbed 26 rebounds.

The Wildcats were also the more dominant team in the paint, out-muscling Hartford by a 34-14 margin in scoring in the paint.

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