EASTON, Mass. – Tim Guers poured in a career-high 37 points to help lead the Saint Anselm College men's basketball team to an 85-84 victory over Stonehill College on Wednesday night in a Northeast-10 Conference matchup in Easton, Mass.
The Hawks improve to 15-7 overall and 11-7 in the NE10 with the victory and return to action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Bentley University for a 3:30 p.m. matchup with the Falcons. Stonehill falls to 14-10 and 9-9 in league games with the setback.
Guers shot 10-of-16 from the floor, including 4-of-8 three-pointers, and 13-of-16 at the charity stripe to lead the Hawks. Harrison Taggart joined him in double-figures with 15 points, six rebounds and three assists, while Taylor Fortin pulled in nine rebounds to go with six points.
Stonehill was led by 29 points and eight rebounds from Ryan Logan, with KJ Lee and Isaiah Bess adding 16 points apiece.
The Hawks fell into an early 9-4 hole following a triple from Logan, but a 6-0 run by the Hawks capped by a pair of Guers free throws gave the Hawks a 10-9 lead with 15:08 remaining in the first half. Harrison Taggart connected on a triple to put the Hawks back on top at 15-13, and Grant Mackay kept the Hawks in front 17-15 with an offensive rebound and put back to force a Stonehill timeout at the 11:34 mark.
A 5-0 personal run from Guers extended the Saint Anselm lead to 22-18, and back-to-back layups from Austin Nydegger and Chris Braley staked the Hawks to a 29-22 lead. Stonehill answered with a 9-0 run to take a 31-29 advantage, before another Mackay layup knotted the game at 33-33. Four-straight free throws from Taylor Fortin and Kyle Green kept the Hawks in front 37-35, but the Skyhawks rattled off another run – this one a 7-0 stretch – to take a 42-37 lead with 1:10 remaining.
On the Hawks' final possession, Austin Nydegger was able to corral an offensive rebound and fire a desperation heave before the final horn that found the bottom of the net and made it a 42-40 deficit headed into the half.
The two teams traded baskets to start the second half until back-to-back baskets from Guers gave Saint Anselm a 49-46 advantage with 16:37 to play. A three-point play from Taggart kept the Hawks in front 52-48, but five-straight points from Stonehill gave the Skyhawks the lead back at 53-52. Saint Anselm answered with a 6-0 run to grab a 58-53 lead, but the Skyhawks would not go away as two-straight jumpers from Logan at the 8:36 mark put Stonehill in front 63-60.
Down three, Tim Guers decided to take over as he scored the next 16 points for the Hawks, including back-to-back triples, to cap a 16-6 run and give Saint Anselm a 76-69 lead with 2:49 remaining.
Another Guers score kept Saint Anselm in front 80-73, but Stonehill continued to hang around as three free throws from Daniel Largey made it an 82-79 game with 10 seconds to play. Guers went 1-for-2 at the free throw line to make it a four-point game, but a quick layup from KJ Lee trimmed the lead to 83-81.
The Skyhawks fouled Guers again, and he knocked down the pair to put Saint Anselm ahead 85-81, which proved pivotal as Isaiah Bess knocked down a deep three before the final horn to give the game its final score of 85-84.
Saint Anselm shot 45.8% (27-of-59) from the field, 27.6% (8-of-29) from three and 82.1% (23-of-28) at the free throw line in the win. Stonehill knocked down 55.4% (31-of-56) of their shots, 42.9% (6-of-14) of their triples and 80% (16-of-20) of their free throws on the night. Stonehill won the rebounding battle 33-30, while the Hawks committed only nine turnovers to 15 for the Skyhawks.
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