MANCHESTER, N.H. – Saint Anselm College has earned a berth in the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament and will take on the College of Saint Rose this Saturday, Mar. 10 in a First Round matchup on the campus of Le Moyne College.
Information regarding the teams' First Round game, including ticket prices, game times and a detailed game preview, will be announced later in the week.
The Hawks own a 22-8 record exiting play this past weekend, reaching 20-plus wins for the fifth time in the last six seasons. Saint Anselm also made its 13th appearance in the NE10 Championship game, falling to Le Moyne on Saturday – the Dolphins earned the conference's at-large bid to the national tournament.
Saint Anselm, ranked fifth in the East Region according to the most recent rankings released on Feb. 28, earned an at-large bid thanks to wins against second-ranked Bridgeport, fourth-ranked Saint Rose, seventh-ranked Merrimack and ninth-ranked New Haven at various points throughout the season.
Head Coach Keith Dickson and the Hawks will be making their sixth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and their 22nd overall in 2017-18. Dickson has posted 617 career victories and has guided his Hawks team to all but one of the team's 14 NCAA Tournament wins in program history.
The Hawks roster boasts three All-Conference and one All-Rookie squad selections. Junior Tim Guers was named NE10 Player of the Year on Feb. 26 – to date, he is averaging 21.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per contest and ranks fourth in the NE10 in both points and rebounds per contest.
Junior Cody Ball was a Third Team All-NE10 selection and scored his 1,000th career point against Le Moyne in the league's title game. Last season's NE10 Tournament Most Valuable Player, Ball led Saint Anselm with 16 points against the Dolphins and is his team's active leader in career field goal percentage (.474, 371-for-783).
Senior Taylor Fortin currently ranks fourth in the NE10 in assists per game (6.3) and joined Ball and Guers in scoring his 1,000th career point this season. Only 11 assists shy of 200 for the season, Fortin has reeled in nearly 3.5 rebounds per game and is producing an average of 14.3 points per contest across a career-high 30 games played.
Freshman Chris Paul was his team's lone selection to the NE10 All-Rookie squad. Averaging 11.6 points per game, Paul has been his team's hottest shooter across the previous eight games. The freshman has recorded an outstanding 67.2% field goal percentage since Feb. 6, making 39-of-58 of his shots from the floor.
Earlier this season, Saint Anselm downed the Golden Knights by a 79-71 margin in Manchester. Trailing by a game-high seven points late in the first half, the Hawks came storming back in the second half en route to the victory.
Down by a 60-54 score with 11:47 to go, a Fortin three-point basket on the very next offensive play started Saint Anselm down the winning path. His clutch shot started a 10-point stretch of Hawks scoring, giving the hosts a lead they would not relinquish.
Saint Rose would cut the Saint Anselm lead to five points as late as with 1:51 left in regulation time but three made free throws by the Hawks put the game out of reach.