WEST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Nedeljko Prijovic had 22 points as eighth-place Maine defeated third-place Hartford 71-65 on Tuesday night in a regular-season finale.
Sergio El Darwich added 20 points for the Black Bears (9-21, 5-11), who advance to play No. 1 seed Vermont in the conference tournament on Saturday.
Prijovic hit 8 of 10 shots, including 6 of 8 from deep. He added five assists.
Malik Ellison had 22 points and seven rebounds for the Hawks (16-15, 9-7), who can finish no worse than the No. 3 seed. Moses Flowers added 15 points and six rebounds. Traci Carter had 2 points, 13 assists, seven rebounds and seven steals.
The Black Bears leveled the season series against the Hawks with the win. Hartford defeated Maine 55-49 on Feb. 1.
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