WALTHAM, Mass. – Senior Harrison Taggart scored 28 points, including his 1,000th career point, but the Saint Anselm College men's basketball team suffered a 91-85 setback to Bentley University on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action in Waltham, Mass.
The Hawks drop to 16-8 overall and 12-8 in the NE10, while Bentley improves to 13-12 and 10-10 in conference games. Saint Anselm wraps up the regular season on Tuesday night when they host cross-town rival Southern New Hampshire University at 7:30 p.m. at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
Taggart finished the night with 28 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Tim Guers posted a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds to go with seven assists. Tayor Fortin added 15 points of his own, while Chris Braley chipped in 10 points.
Bentley was led by a game-high 34 points, including 25 in the second half, from Ryan Richmond. Kyle Bouchard added 18 points and seven rebounds, while Brandon Wheeler notched 14 points and six boards.
Braley scored the first two layups of the game and Harrison Taggart knocked down a triple to make it a 7-4 lead for the Hawks early in the first half. Bentley answered with a 12-2 run to grab a 16-9 lead before Braley scored inside again to cut the deficit to 16-11 with 14:17 to play. The Bentley lead grew to as large as 21-13 following a triple from Ferguson Duke, but the Hawks used a 7-2 run capped by a Harrison Taggart triple to make it a 23-20 game.
With 7:19 to play in the half, Taggart knocked down an 18-foot jumper that pulled the Hawks to within 28-24, and the basket also doubled as his 1,000th career collegiate point.
Bentley took a 35-28 lead with 4:27 to play on a Duke free throw, and the Hawks started their comeback with a triple from Cody Ball. Taggart then converted four-straight free throws to tie the game at 35-35 and 2:18 remaining. Ryan Richmond answered with a triple for the Falcons and Taylor Fortin knocked down a three of his own on the next possession to keep it a tie game.
Richmond scored inside the next time down for Bentley, but Fortin connected on a corner three to give the Hawks a 41-40 lead with 1:03 remaining. Grant Mackay drew a foul in the closing seconds of the half and knocked down both free throws to give Saint Anselm a 43-40 lead headed into the break.
Back-to-back layups from Tim Guers and Taylor Fortin extended the lead to 53-48, and another Guers layup with 14:10 to play made it a 55-50 game. Ryan Richmond answered with two-straight three-point plays to give the Falcons a 56-55 advantage with 13:32 remaining. Guers responded with a triple to put the Hawks back in front, and a reverse layup from Taggart pushed the lead back to 60-56.
Four-straight points from the Falcons tied the game at 60-60, but Taggart knocked down a three from the top of the key to keep Saint Anselm in front 63-60. After a pair of Fortin free throws, the Falcons rattled off a 9-0 run as Richmond sandwiched threes around a Chris Murray triple to put Bentley in front 69-65 and force a Saint Anselm timeout.
Guers ended the run with a layup, and after four-straight points by Bentley, Guers scored again inside to keep the Hawks within 73-69. A three-pointer from Cody Ball made it a 78-76 deficit and Ball buried another triple the next time down to tie the game at 79-79 with 3:32 to play. Grant Mackay capped the 8-2 run by Saint Anselm with a layup inside that forced a Bentley timeout with the Hawks in front 81-79.
Mackay scored again at the 2:05 mark to give the Hawks an 83-81 lead, but Bentley ended the game on a 10-2 run to steal the 91-85 victory.
Saint Anselm shot 48.5% (32-of-66) from the floor, 35.5% (11-of-31) from beyond the arc and 76.9% (10-of-13) from the charity stripe in the setback. Bentley also shot 48.5% (33-of-68) from the field, while connecting on 47.1% (8-of-17) of their triples and 65.4% (17-of-26) of their free throws. The Hawks won the rebounding battle, 41-33, but committed 15 turnovers to just seven for the Falcons.
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