Guers reaches 1,000 career points in season-opening loss

WALTHAM, Mass. – Junior Tim Guers of the Saint Anselm College men's basketball team became the 41st student-athlete in program history to reach 1,000 career points on Saturday in his team's 103-92 loss to Concordia (N.Y.) College.

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Competing in the Bentley Tip-Off Classic, the Hawks drop to 0-1 on the young season while the Clippers improve to 1-0. Saint Anselm will take on Georgian Court on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

Guers scored 29 points against the Clippers, giving him 1,012 career points exiting Saturday's non-conference tilt. Across 61 career games, Guers has averaged 16.6 points per game and secured NABC Division II All-East District honors last season to help the Hawks to the Northeast-10 Conference Championship.

He is the second-straight Hawks player to score their 1,000th point in Bentley's Dana Center as Harrison Taggart accomplished the feat on Feb. 18, 2017.

Senior Austin Nydegger racked up a career-high 29 points off the bench, pouring home seven three-point baskets and adding six rebounds to tie for the team lead in that statistic with junior Cody Ball. Kyle Green and Spencer Cline chipped in with seven points each off the bench while Guers led the way with seven assists.

Concordia scored the game's first eight points en route to building a 10-point lead, 14-4, with only 4:10 expired in the contest. Down by as many as 13 points, Saint Anselm used a 10-point scoring run that spanned 2:15 to shrink the Clippers lead to 25-22 with 10 minutes left in the opening half.

A nine-point scoring run by Saint Anselm carried them into the lead, 34-29, with 6:53 to go following a Nydegger triple. The Hawks lead grew to 10 points as Nydegger, at one point, made three-straight treys to help grow the advantage. 

Saint Anselm enjoyed a five-point halftime lead, 52-47, on the back of 10 three-point baskets in the opening 20 minutes alone. Nydegger was shooting 8-for-10 in the first half, notching 21 points before the break, while Guers registered 16 points by himself in that timespan.

The Hawks continued to force the issue in the second half, using a Taylor Fortin layup only 4:55 in to manufacture an eight-point lead, 65-57. A brief Concordia rally was temporarily slowed by Nydegger, who hit again on a three-pointer before back-to-back layups from Green and Nydegger established a nine-point lead, 78-69, with 11:03 to go.

The Clippers countered the strong Saint Anselm momentum by potting 11 of the game's next 13 points, tying the game at 80 with 7:27 left in regulation time. Trailing by two points, 86-84, a dunk by Jayson Cethoute sparked a stretch of 16-straight points by Concordia to send Saint Anselm to its second-straight season opening loss.

Despite leading for 21:05 of the 40-minute affair and using 43 points from the bench, Saint Anselm committed 17 turnovers and was outrebounded, 41-to-35. Stephen Milhaven led Concordia with 14 rebounds, adding 21 points to complete the double-double. Cedrick McFadden accounted for 25 points, making 10-of-11 shots from the free-throw line.