PREVIEW: Men’s Basketball hosts Southern Conn. on Sunday

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men's basketball team will host Southern Connecticut State University on Sunday afternoon in a Northeast-10 Conference Quarterfinals matchup at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium at 3 p.m.

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Attending the game? Tickets are $8 for general admission with tickets for seniors and children $5 and students with ID costing only $1. Saint Anselm fans are encouraged to wear white, and free t-shirts will be given to the first 250 students through the doors.


HOW THEY GOT HERE

The Hawks enter the postseason having won four of their last five games, and have been victorious in 11-of-13 games since Jan. 12, including seven-straight games at the end of January. Saint Anselm earned the No. 2 seed in the Northeast Division for the third-straight season after going 17-8 overall and 13-8 in the NE10.

Southern Connecticut reached as high as #4 in the national polls and were selected to win the NE10's Southwestern division, but finished No. 3 after going 17-11 and 13-7 in conference games this season. The Owls struggled a bit down the stretch, dropping five of their last seven games, but picked up a 96-63 win over Pace in their season finale on Tuesday night.


HAWKS VS. OWLS SERIES HISTORY
Saint Anselm and Southern Connecticut are meeting for the 40th time in program history with the Hawks holding a 25-14 edge in the series. This is the first time they are meeting in the NE10 Tournament, however the two teams have met previously in the NCAA East Regionals in 2000 and 2014.

In their last meeting, Tim Guers scored a game-high 34 points and the Hawks defense held the Owls to 37.8% shooting as Saint Anselm went on the road to pick up an 85-70 win over Southern Connecticut on Jan. 14, 2017. Taylor Fortin added 21 points, while Brenden Vessichio added 10 points off the bench.


SAINT ANSELM LEADERS (17-8, 13-8 NE10)
#5 Tim Guers (22.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.0 spg) – First Team All-NE10
#34 Harrison Taggart (16.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.8 apg, 46.7% 3FG) – Third Team All-NE10
#12 Taylor Fortin (16.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 5.3 apg, 1.3 spg) – Honorable Mention All-NE10
#3 Cody Ball (12.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.2 spg)
#22 Chris Braley (11.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.4 apg, 63.5% FG)


SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE LEADERS (17-11, 13-7 NE10)
#3 Michael Mallory (23.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.4 bpg) – First Team All-NE10
#34 Jerry Luckett, Jr. (14.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 49.3% FG) – Third Team All-NE10
#1 Isaiah McLeod (11.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.0 spg)
#22 Joey Wallace (10.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.4 spg)
#11 Austin Carter (8.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.5 spg)

 

Northeast-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

First Round ­- Friday, February 24th
Game 1: New Haven (No. 5 seed SW) at Merrimack (No. 4 seed NE) – 7:00 PM
Game 2: Bentley (No. 5 seed NE) at Adelphi (No. 4 seed SW) – 7:00 PM

Quarterfinals -­ Sunday, February 26th
Game 3: Game 1 winner at Le Moyne (No. 1 seed SW) – 3:00 PM
Game 4: Game 2 winner at Southern New Hampshire (No. 1 seed NE) – 3:00 PM
Game 5: Franklin Pierce (No. 3 seed NE) at Saint Rose (No. 2 seed SW) – 3:00 PM
Game 6: Southern Connecticut (No. 3 seed SW) at Saint Anselm (No. 2 seed NE) – 3:00 PM

Semifinals ­ Wednesday, March 1st(at highest seeds remaining):
Game 7: Game 6 winner vs. Game 3 winner (7:00 PM)
Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 4 winner (7:00 PM)

Championship ­ Saturday, March 4th(at highest seed remaining):
Game 9: Game 8 winner vs. Game 7 winner (1:00 PM)