Ball's 28 points powers men’s basketball past Franklin Pierce, 95-76

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Junior Cody Ball of the Saint Anselm College men's basketball team poured home a career-high 28 points in Wednesday's 95-76 victory over Franklin Pierce University at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.

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The Hawks improve to 2-1 on the season following the win in its Northeast-10 Conference opener while Franklin Pierce (1-2, 0-1 NE10) picked up its second loss in three games to begin the year. Saint Anselm returns to action this Saturday, Nov. 18, hosting Assumption at 3:30 p.m.

Ball missed only two shots from the floor, making 11-of-13 attempts on his way to 28 points to eclipse his career-high. Junior Tim Guers scored 18 points for the Hawks while Taylor Fortin picked up his first double-double of the season, handing out 10 assists while scoring 15 points.

Guers made a layup only 10 seconds into the game and the Hawks never relinquished the lead throughout the contest. Ahead by only nine points near the end of the first half, a Gustav Suhr-Jessen layup started and ended an 11-point scoring run that was capped by a dunk with 5:06 to go.

Saint Anselm scored the first six points of the second half, building on its outstanding 58.4% (20-for-34) first-half shooting performance. Ball would continue to produce down the stretch, scoring eight-straight points to create a 73-45 lead with 11:33 left in regulation time.

Freshman Chris Paul tallied six points and Suhr-Jessen racked up 11 points and brought down six caroms. Jimmy Panzini and Kyle Green combined for seven assists and freshman Alonzo Jackson added a dunk en route to seven points and two rebounds.

The Hawks finished with statistical advantages in three-point baskets made (11-to-6), rebounds (43-to-37), assists (22-to-9) and points off turnovers (22-to-20). 10 different players recorded at least one point for Saint Anselm.