SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Junior Cody Ball of the Saint Anselm College men's basketball team became the third Hawks student-athlete to reach 1,000 career points this season. Ball poured home a team-best 16 points in Saturday's 69-66 loss to Le Moyne in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship game.
Saint Anselm (22-8), the reigning NE10 Tournament champions, saw a three-game winning streak snapped by Le Moyne (24-6). The Hawks will await word on a possible NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament at-large bid – the selection committee will announce the 64-team field on Sunday, Mar. 4 at 10:30 p.m. Fans can view the selection show by visiting NCAA.com.
Ball was 6-for-10 from the floor, pouring home a team-best four three's to reach exactly 1,000 points exiting play on Saturday. Ball joins junior Tim Guers and senior Taylor Fortin, both of whom crossed 1,000 career points during the 2017-18 season. Across a 90-game career on the Hilltop, Ball has averaged 11.1 points per game and is the 52nd student-athlete in team history to reach 1,000 career points.
Fortin was second on the squad with 13 points and three assists while Guers handed out seven assists, scoring nine points. Freshman Chris Paul scored 14 points for the Hawks, joining Guers and Fortin who logged 40 minutes of play in the game. Senior Kyle Green scored six points off the bench and freshman Gustav Suhr-Jessen posted five points.
Guers and Ball were named to the NE10 All-Tournament team following the contest. Guers finished with 21.3 points per game across three postseason contests, highlighted by a 36-point performance against Bentley in the NE10 Semifinals. Ball shot nearly 50% across the three games, averaging 13.3 points per game and 4.3 caroms per tilt.
Down by a game-high nine points, 62-53, with 4:10 left in regulation time, Saint Anselm nearly completed a stunning comeback over the host Dolphins. A layup by Green sparked an 8-0 scoring stretch by the Hawks that was highlighted by six points from Paul. During that stretch, the Hawks were a perfect 3-for-3 from the floor and 2-for-2 from the line.
Le Moyne was able to hold on in the game's final 2:27 as a stout Dolphins defense limited the Hawks to a 1-for-6 performance from the field. Isaiah Eisendorf hit a jumper with exactly two minutes to go as the Dolphins ran off a 7-2 scoring run down the stretch.
A tip-in by Paul with 41 seconds cut the Le Moyne lead to 65-63, but Le Moyne's Tyquan Rolon had a layup with 24 seconds left and Robert Jones III made back-to-back free throws with seven seconds left to propel his team to a 69-63 victory. Le Moyne won its first NE10 Championship since 1996-97.
Saint Anselm took a 10-8 lead only 5:10 into the contest as Ball recorded his first three-point basket of the day. Le Moyne ran off eight-straight points to answer Ball's trey, highlighted with a dunk from Daniel Kaigler who was responsible for five of his team's points during that stretch of action.
With 1:37 to go in the first half, a layup by Rolon an eight-point advantage for the hosts. Back-to-back three's to begin the second half by Fortin keyed a 13-3 stretch of play dominated by the Hawks, who captured a 36-34 lead following another Ball three-pointer with 16:11 to go in regulation.
Le Moyne pulled away from Saint Anselm in the next five-plus minutes, using a 14-4 scoring run to build another eight-point lead, 48-40, with 11:01 left. Growing the lead to a game-high nine points with 4:10 to go, Le Moyne held on to the lead despite a heavy Saint Anselm barrage in the waning minutes.
The Dolphins were led by 13 points from Rolon. Eisendorf pulled down nine rebounds for Le Moyne.