NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Wes Cole came off the bench to score all 12 of his points in the second half as Hartford defeated Yale 60-51 in a nonconference game Thursday night.
Nate Sikma also scored all eight of his points for the Hawks (3-3) after halftime. All of them came during a 25-5 run to start the half as Hartford extended a 21-18 lead at the break to a 46-23 advantage with 11:36 left.
The Bulldogs (2-6) whittled the lead to seven points, 49-42, as Hartford scored just three points in the next 8 minutes. But Cole hit a 3-pointer at the 3:30 mark to push the Hawks' lead back to double digits, and he added another trey to make it 55-44 with 1:42 to play.
Hartford shot 55 percent (11 of 20) in the second half to Yale's 36 percent (9 of 25).
Austin Morgan led the Bulldogs with 15 points.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.