MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm men's basketball team shook off a tough road loss in its last game by defeating Bentley University at home on Saturday by an 86-66 score.
Saint Anselm (18-6, 13-5 NE10) has won 12 of its 13 home games this season, moving to 13-5 against Northeast-10 Conference competition on the year. Bentley (12-11, 9-9 NE10) sees its league record even up at 9-9 following the 20-point loss.
Junior Cody Ball scored 24 points to lead Saint Anselm to victory, pouring home six three-point baskets which are his second-highest total of the season. Senior Taylor Fortin potted 20 points, making 8-of-12 shots from the floor while handing out seven assists. Junior Tim Guers collected a double-double with 28 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
Freshman Chris Paul scored 10 points in 23 minutes. Senior Kyle Green hauled in eight rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench, scoring five points, and freshman Gustav Suhr-Jessen tallied seven points to round out the major scorers for Saint Anselm.
Saint Anselm did not yield the lead after Ball's jumper only 22 seconds into the tilt found its way home. The Hawks had built a commanding 21-9 lead through the first 6:41 of action via six points from Ball, three points from Green, Guers and Paul. Suhr-Jessen also threw down a dunk to highlight an eight-point scoring run for Saint Anselm.
Bentley kept pace with Saint Anselm, shrinking the lead to four points on several occasions and outscored the Hawks until shortly into the second half. Ahead by only four points with 16:56 left in regulation time, Saint Anselm notched 15 of the game's next 17 points to create a 17-point bulge after a Fortin fast-break layup.
The Saint Anselm lead grew to a game-high 22 points following Ball's sixth three-pointer of the evening with 2:13 to go in regulation time. The Hawks allowed only six points in the final five-plus minutes of regulation time, keeping Bentley's deficit to 20 points as time expired.
The Hawks shot over 50% for the game (34-for-67), doing so for the fourth time in their last six games. Bentley made only four of its 18 three-point attempts and was out-rebounded by Saint Anselm, 44-30. The Hawks also enjoyed a 20-to-6 edge in assists.
Ryan Richmond scored 22 points for Bentley, leading the Falcons. Chris Hudson was responsible for 15 points and Colton Lawrence tallied seven points in only 11 minutes off the bench. The Falcons committed only six turnovers in the game, but Saint Anselm scored 10 points combined off of those miscues.
The Hawks head to SNHU Arena in downtown Manchester for this Wednesday's 8 p.m. tilt against Southern New Hampshire University.