The Hartford Hawks started the game with a 10-3 run, starting with the first two points of the game from a layup by Mark Nwakamma. They got ahead, which was surprising since Notre Dame is the best team in the country for scoring. But all good things must come to and end, right? Committing 10 turnovers in the first half alone would kill any team's run.
"We went too fast and that's the segment that killed us." said Head Coach John Gallagher
I don't think there's a better team in the top 25 for Hartford to play. Why? They have similar playing styles and, like Hartford, can shoot the three ball pretty well. Hartford is known as the three point team in the America East and Notre Dame is 18th in the country for three pointers made per game. It was like playing a better version of themselves.
"As crazy as it sounds, that's as good of a team as we're gonna face this season."
The game was pretty balanced until Notre Dame started to heat up from beyond the arc. After that, there was no looking back as the Irish slowly ran away with the game.
Not everything from the game was bad. Freshman John Carroll threw himself into the game as he drew a foul on Austin Burgett to be the first and only Hawk to the free throw line. Nwakamma went 2-for-2 from downtown, after only having one 3-pointer the entire season. Corban Wroe let himself get run over to draw an offensive foul.
If Hartford had come into the second half the way they started the game, the score would have been relatively different. But poor shooting combined with Notre Dame's inability to miss a shot caused them to run away with the game. Making 13 threes in a game from five different players will pretty much win any game.
Throughout the game one of the main things mentioned was that Hartford is going to be a tough team to beat in the America East Conference, and that's all Coach John Gallagher wants, "We got better tonight. That's the best way to look at it."
The Hawks have one final non-conference game against Texas A&M, a bit of a homecoming for the few Texans on the team, on Saturday.