Justin Fry added 14 points and Thomas Young 12 for the Retrievers (7-12, 3-3 America East), who had dropped four straight at home. Jay Greene had 10 points and Mike Housman grabbed 11 rebounds for UMBC.
Hartford, the conference's worst 3-point shooting team, hit 10 of 22 attempts from beyond the arc. UMBC, ranked next to last in that category, was 10-for-21, with Pugh matching a career high with five 3s.
After the Hawks tied the score at 36 on Alex Zimnickas' strong inside move with 18:25 left in regulation, UMBC responded with a 16-5 run for a 52-41 lead. Young scored six points during the burst and Hodges and Pugh hit consecutive 3-pointers.
Hodges scored 10 points in the opening 20 minutes and UMBC led 22-12 when Young hit a fadeaway jumper with 7:04 remaining in the first half.
But the Hawks, the worst 3-point shooting team in the conference, was 5-for-9 from beyond the arc in the first half and trailed 36-32 at halftime.