MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men's basketball team scored 113 points for the first time since Nov. 16, 2013 in Thursday's non-conference victory over the New York Institute of Technology at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
The Hawks, who cruised to the 113-67 victory, improve to 16-4 overall on the year and have won 11 of their last 12 games played. Saint Anselm, ranked sixth in the D2SIDA East Region Media Poll, also moved to 64-15 at home since the start of the 2012-13 men's basketball season. NYIT falls to 3-18 on the year.
Junior Cody Ball poured home 26 points to lead Saint Anselm, who shot a collective 64.9% from the floor in the game. Ball's five three-point baskets gave him one third of his team's 15 total – Saint Anselm shot an impressive 57.5% (15-for-26) from beyond the arc and made nearly 89% of its free throws (24-for-27).
Junior Tim Guers scored 24 points and narrowly missed a triple-double with nine rebounds and eight assists. Senior Taylor Fortin posted 19 points and six assists and classmate Austin Nydegger struck for 10 points in only nine minutes off the bench.
Senior Kyle Green had a career game for Saint Anselm, tallying 15 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes of play. Setting a career-high in point scoring, Green also recorded at least six rebounds in a game for the 10th time in 20 games this season.
Overall, Saint Anselm handed out a season-high 30 assists which are the most in a game since the team put up 30 against Pace on Jan. 15, 2013. The previous season-high mark for assists was 24, accomplished against Concordia (N.Y.) on Nov. 11, 2017 and against Saint Michael's on Dec. 5, 2017.
Down by a 6-4 score shortly into the game, the Hawks saw Guers make back-to-back three's, creating instant offense and giving Saint Anselm the lead for good. The Hawks offense picked up its pace in the next several minutes, scoring 17 of the game's next 21 points to capture a 25-13 lead with 11:30 to go in the first half.
The Hawks defense stood tall in the first half's final six-plus minutes, allowing only nine points while racking up 19 points to take a 58-36 lead into the locker room. At the break, Ball had scored 23 points following an 8-for-8 performance from the floor – he made all four of his attempts from long range and buried all three free throws.
For the first time all season, Saint Anselm scored over 100 points in a game with 3:37 to go. A layup from Nydegger propelled the Hawks to a 101-64 lead and shortly thereafter, NYIT scored its final point of the day with a free throw.
In the final three minutes of regulation time, the Saint Anselm reserves scored nine points and held the Bears off the scoresheet.
Jeffrey Hayden was responsible for 27 of his team's 67 points. He also led the way with five rebounds. NYIT shot 37% for the game and was hampered by a 4-for-19 (21.1%) stat line from the three-point arc.
The Hawks head to Rindge, N.H. next Wednesday, Jan. 31 for a 7:30 p.m. tilt against Franklin Pierce University.