WORCESTER, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College men's basketball team dropped a heartbreaker on the road at Assumption College, 70-67.
The Hawks fall to 17-6 overall on the season, losing only the team's fifth Northeast-10 Conference game of the year. Assumption moves to 7-16 on the year and to 3-14 against league foes.
Junior Tim Guers led Saint Anselm with 25 points, playing all 40 minutes for the Hawks and finishing with exactly 1,500 career points. Junior Cody Ball poured home 12 and Kyle Green was responsible for 11 points and six rebounds off the bench.
Leading by five points with 8:14 to go in regulation time, Saint Anselm was unable to hold on to the lead as Assumption scored 19 of the game's next 31 points to build a three-point edge as time expired.
In an evenly-played first half, the Hawks and Greyhounds played to six tie scores and seven total lead changes. Down by one point, 32-31, with 1:45 to go in the first half, a Fortin three-pointer preceded a Guers triple with time expiring on the clock to catapult the Hawks to a five-point halftime lead, 37-32.
Guers led all players at the break with 15 points, shooting 6-for-8 from the floor as the team combined to make 16-of-26 shots (61.5%). The Hawks also scored 24 points in the paint, limiting the guests to only 18 points under the basket.
A slow-moving second stanza saw the Greyhounds capture a 57-55 lead with under 5:30 to go in regulation time following a 9-2 Assumption scoring run that forced a Hawks time out. Despite two separate eight-point leads, the Saint Anselm offense cooled as Assumption shot nearly 50% in the final 20 minutes of action.
Guers scored five-straight points late to give the Hawks a 63-61 lead with 1:37 to go, but Assumption's Matthew Kelly hit back-to-back triples to create an insurmountable lead for the hosts.
Both teams finished by shooting 50% (27-for-54), but Assumption capitalized for 21 points off of Saint Anselm turnovers. The Hawks also shot under 24% from beyond the arc and committed 16 turnovers throughout the game.
Saint Anselm returns to action this Saturday, Feb. 10 as it hosts Bentley at 3:30 p.m.