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Sophomores Mark Nwakamma and Nate Sikma combined for 32 points, but it wasn't enough for the University of Hartford men's basketball team on Tuesday evening as it fell short of capturing the program's first-ever postseason victory since making the jump to Division I 28 years ago.
Rider University (19-14) clamped down in the final minutes to score a 63-54 win in the opening round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament at the Chase Family Arena at the Reich Family Pavilion.
Hartford (17-15) closed out the season with the second-most wins in program history, falling one shy of matching the school record set in 2007-08. The squad also finished above .500 for the first time in five years and just the sixth time in the school's Division I era.
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Women to Host Harvard Thursday in WNIT
Meanwhile, the Hartford women's basketball team will host the Harvard Crimson Thursday in the first round of the Postseason WNIT. The game will take place on Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m. at Chase Family Arena.
Tickets are free for University of Hartford students with valid ID.
To purchase tickets, stop by the Malcolm & Brenda Berman Athletics Ticket Office in the Reich Family Pavilion (Sports Center), call the ticket office at 860.768.HAWK (4295), or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hartford women will be playing in the Postseason WNIT for the fourth time in program history, earning an at-large bid into the field of 64 for the second-straight season. The bid to the WNIT marks the ninth straight season that the Hartford women's basketball team has advanced to the postseason, including four WNIT bids and five trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Hartford enters Thursday's WNIT game with a 21-11 overall record, the seventh time in women's basketball history at Hartford that the Hawks have won 20 or more games.