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Northeast Conference

Big Game From Ross Lifts Hartford Over UMBC

At Baltimore, Jalen Ross came off the bench and scored a career-high 27 points and Justin Graham added 14 — with a key 3-pointer — as Hartford defeated Maryland-Baltimore County 98-87 on Thursday night.

The point total is Hartford's highest since January 2003.

The Hawks (7-13, 2-3 America East) never trailed but UMBC never quite went away. The Retrievers (5-15, 1-4) launched a 9-0 run and came as close as 84-80 on a Jairus Lyles' breakaway layup with 2:42 left to play. Graham came up big with an answering 3-pointer and Hartford used six points from Ross to get back to a 10-point lead.

Pancake Thomas and Taylor Dyson scored 15 apiece for Hartford.