MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men's basketball team defeated LIU Post by a 91-67 margin on Sunday in Stoutenburgh Gymnasium, handing long-time Head Coach Keith Dickson his 600th career coaching victory.
Across a 32-year career as a Head Coach, Dickson has posted 600 career wins to rank 12th among active NCAA Division II coaches. Across all three NCAA divisions, he becomes only the 92nd coach in the history of the NCAA to register at least 600 wins.
Since his selection as Head Coach prior to the 1986-87 season, Dickson stands as the all-time winningest coach in program history in terms of overall wins (600) and winning percentage (.652). He has led the Hawks to eight Northeast-10 Conference Championships and 17 appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Dickson has been named NE10 Coach of the Year on four separate occasions and was selected as the New England Basketball Coaches' Association Coach of the Year in 1996. The National Association of Basketball Coaches recognized Dickson as the East Region's Coach of the Year in 1996 and 2013.
In Sunday's victory, Saint Anselm (5-1, 4-0 NE10) recorded nine blocked shots, including three from freshman Alonzo Jackson. The Hawks were led offensively by Cody Ball's 20 points – Tim Guers finished second with 19 points and Taylor Fortin handed out seven assists while picking up seven rebounds, scoring 14 points.
Saint Anselm trailed by as many as six points with only 3:13 expired in the contest as a Jared Rivers triple created a 9-3 advantage for the Pioneers. A quick seven-point spurt by the Hawks, capped by a Chris Paul jumper, moved the Hawks ahead by a 10-9 margin with only 4:57 elapsed on the first half scoreboard.
The Hawks added an 11-point scoring run later in the first half, lifting the hosts to a 46-27 lead following a Ball three-point basket. Two made free throws by Kyle Green put the Hawks ahead by a 50-32 margin at halftime as Guers and Ball scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, before the break.
LIU Post poured home a trey only 10 seconds into the half but 12-straight points by Saint Anselm, capped once again by a Paul basket, pushed the lead to 62-35 with 14:35 left in regulation time. The Hawks would later add 12 of the game's 14 points near the midpoint of the half, establishing a 74-42 lead with 10:35 left to go.
The Hawks made five of their 10 second half attempts from distance, shooting nearly 50% from the floor in the final 20 minutes (13-for-27). A trey from Austin Nydegger with 5:51 left in regulation propelled the Hawks to a game-high lead of 34 points, 89-55 – Nydegger poured home nine second half points.
LIU Post was led by 10 points from Rivers and Hunter Powell. Darien Jenkins dished out four of his team's 12 assists. The Pioneers' bench tallied 42 of the squad's 67 points, controlling the paint points by a 34-to-30 margin.
The Hawks, winners of five out of six games to begin the 2017-18 season, will host cross-town rival Southern New Hampshire University this Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m.