WALTHAM, Mass. – The nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College men's basketball team rolled to a 101-69 victory over Bloomfield College in the Hawks' season-opener on Saturday, held at Bentley University in the Falcons Tip-Off Classic.
Saint Anselm, ranked sixth in NCAA Division II by the National Association of Basketball Coaches Preseason Poll, moves to 1-0 on the year following the non-league tilt. Bloomfield drops to 0-1 on the young season and has lost four of its last five games played against the Hawks dating back to Dec. 30, 2010.
Senior Cody Ball (Londonderry, N.H.) had an outstanding performance in his season debut, pouring home a career-high 29 points on 10-of-13 from the floor. Three other Hawks starters reached double-digit point scoring totals, including sophomore Chris Paul (Highland Mills, N.Y.) and his 17 points with a career-high six assists.
Sophomore Gustav Suhr-Jessen (Virum, Denmark) scored a career-best 16 points, picking up a team-best eight rebounds. Senior Tim Guers (Langhorne, Pa.) tallied 13 points for the Hawks and sophomore Alonzo Jackson (Medford, Mass.) potted a personal-best nine points. As a team, the Hawks assisted 26 baskets, the seventh-most in a game since the start of the 2001-02 season.
The Hawks answered a game-opening basket by Bloomfield with 14-straight points, capturing a commanding 14-2 lead with the help of five points from Suhr-Jessen and four points from Guers. The Bears would cut the Saint Anselm lead to three points near the midpoint of the half, but the Hawks would re-establish a double-digit lead with a Guers trey at 6:06.
Saint Anselm continued to exert offensive pressure in the second half, scoring 31 points in the first 10 minutes of the stanza while keeping Bloomfield at bay. The Hawks enjoyed at least a 30-point lead across the game's final 10:36, shooting 60% from the floor (18-for-30) in the final 20 minutes alone while making six three-point baskets.
The Hawks tangle with Goldey-Beacom on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. on the campus of Bentley University.