Men's basketball holds on for 97-92 win at home versus Adelphi

Men's basketball holds on for 97-92 win at home versus Adelphi

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Junior Tim Guers of the Saint Anselm College men's basketball team became the first student-athlete since the 2010-11 season to score at least 40 points in a game, helping the Hawks to a 97-92 victory over Adelphi University.

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The Hawks have won six-straight games, improving to 11-3 overall and to 7-2 against Northeast-10 Conference foes. Adelphi falls to 5-11 on the year, dipping to 1-7 against conference teams.

Guers notched 41 points in the win, only the ninth time since the program's inception a student-athlete has scored as many in one contest. Thomas Baudinet '11 was the last Hawk to crack 40 points doing so against Bloomfield on Dec. 30, 2010.

Guers and senior Taylor Fortin recorded seven assists apiece with the latter also chipping in 17 points in the process. Freshman Chris Paul scored 16 points and junior Cody Ball tallied 14 points while leading the team with two blocks.

Saint Anselm could not be stopped in the first half, shooting 68.4% by making 26-of-38 shots from the floor. At one point in the stanza, the Hawks were on a 25-4 scoring run that ultimately produced a game-high lead of 24 points. Guers was 11-for-15 on his own, reaching 28 points by halftime while also handing out six of his seven assists in the first 20 minutes alone.

Later in the first half, a Guers tip-in maintained a lead of 22 points with 5:58 left. Heading into the locker room, the Hawks still enjoyed a 16-point lead, scoring 38 points in the paint and 13 points off of Panthers miscues.

The Hawks maintained a significant lead in the second half, but Adelphi managed to cut the lead to 93-92 with exactly two minutes left in regulation time. The Panthers outscored the Hawks by a 38-23 margin from 17:11 (when they trailed by 16) to when they brought the score to within one point.

With the game slowed to a crawl, Adelphi missed a jumper in the final 1:15 and Fortin recovered the defensive rebound. With 22 seconds left, a shot clock violation preceded back-to-back free throw makes by Ball. The Panthers missed a layup on their next possession and needing a three to tie the game, Ball came up with a clutch block to give his team the ball back and ultimately pave the way to victory.

Tavon Ginyard led Adelphi with 31 points off the bench. Conor McGuinness potted 22 points and Nick Cambio cashed in with 18 points of his own.

Saint Anselm hosts Southern Connecticut State this Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m.