SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College men's basketball team won its eighth-straight game on Friday, capturing an 86-58 win over the Yellow Jackets from American International College at the Butova Gymnasium.
The Hawks (13-3, 9-2 NE10) have won eight consecutive games for the first time since the 2015-16 season while American International dips to 8-9 overall and to 3-6 in Northeast-10 Conference play. Saint Anselm travels to Pace on Wednesday, Jan. 17 for a 7:30 p.m. showdown.
Junior Tim Guers reached double-digit point scoring totals for the 32nd-straight game, notching 32 points and adding 10 rebounds for his team-leading sixth double-double. Freshman Chris Paul checked in with 15 points and eight rebounds while junior Cody Ball and senior Taylor Fortin each scored 10 points.
Kyle Green struck for eight points and as many rebounds, dishing out two assists to help Saint Anselm defeat American International for the 11th time across the last 12 meetings between both programs.
Guers scored eight-straight points for the Hawks in a span of 1:26, erasing a 6-5 deficit and creating a seven-point lead that Saint Anselm would not relinquish. With a three-point basket with 5:55 to go, Guers recorded his 17th point of the contest – American International had only 16 points as a team when he poured home the trey.
Freshman Spencer Cline helped Saint Anselm grow its lead, fueling a 10-point scoring run with five-straight points with a three-pointer with 3:17 left in the opening half. Guers scored his team's final four points of the first half, putting the Hawks out in front by a 40-21 score heading into the locker room.
AIC opened the second half strong, scoring 16 of the stanza's first 23 points to cut the Hawks lead to only seven points. Green's first basket of the game with 13:38 left in regulation time started a stretch of 13-straight Saint Anselm points where he accounted for five of those tallies.
Ahead by a game-high 20 points at that point of the tilt, the lead grew to 30 points on two separate occasions. Saint Anselm was aided in the game by its 53 rebounds, the most hauled in against an NE10 opponent this season. The Hawks cleaned the offensive glass to the tune of 15 caroms.
The Yellow Jackets were led by Zekiah Owens' 19 points and eight rebounds.