MANCHESTER, N.H. – Six members of the Saint Anselm College men's basketball team reached double-digit scoring totals in Tuesday's 93-69 victory over Southern Connecticut State University.
The Hawks have won seven-straight games, improving to 12-3 overall and to 8-2 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. The Owls even their overall record to 7-7 while falling to 4-5 against league foes.
Senior Taylor Fortin led the Hawks with 19 points and 11 assists, going 7-for-7 at the free throw line. Junior Tim Guers scored all 18 of his points in the first half and classmate Cody Ball picked up 15 points. Freshmen Chris Paul and Gustav Suhr-Jessen notched 13 points – first-year Spencer Cline joined in the scoring with 10 points, scoring seven alone in a 1:50 window to end the first half.
Saint Anselm trailed by a game-high eight points in the game's first 4:24 before a Fortin triple slowed the Owls' momentum. Down by three points only minutes later, a nine-point run that was capped by a Suhr-Jessen layup with 10:50 to go in the first half created a 23-17 lead for the hosts.
The Hawks went on a 20-2 scoring run down the stretch in the first half, taking a 43-24 lead after another Fortin three-point basket. Cline put home a trey with only three seconds left in the first half, sending Saint Anselm to the locker room up by 20 points, 53-33.
A stout Hawks defense limited the Owls to only 30.8% shooting from the floor (12-for-39) in the opening 20 minutes. Dominating the paint by a 22-to-13 margin, the Hawks missed only two of their 12 free throws and made seven three's to open up a lead they would not relinquish throughout the game.
Cline later pushed the Saint Anselm lead to a game-high 37 points after a three-pointer with 4:52 left in the game. Southern Connecticut State scored 11 points after Cline's shot, but the Hawks would hold on to the win by keeping the Owls at 34.1% shooting in the second half.
Isaiah McLeod led Southern Connecticut State with 28 points and Ulyen Coleman struck for 19 points. The Owls shot 50% from the charity stripe (8-for-16) but held the advantage in overall rebounding, 45-to-43, courtesy of 22 offensive rebounds.
Saint Anselm hits the road for three-straight road games beginning with a 7:30 p.m. tilt at American International College this Friday, Jan. 12.