WALTHAM, Mass. – Senior Tim Guers (Langhorne, Pa.) of the nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College men's basketball team filled the stat sheet in Sunday's 90-76 victory over Goldey-Beacom College on the campus of Bentley University.
Saint Anselm improves to 2-0 on the season, winning its second game in as many games at the Bentley Tip-Off Classic. Goldey-Beacom, the reigning South Division champions from the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference, dropped to 0-2 after posting an earlier loss to Bentley on Saturday.
Six student-athletes from Saint Anselm reached double-digit scoring totals in the winning effort. Guers posted 13 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, falling just short of his second career double-double. Junior Danny Evans (Leeds, England) recorded 17 points and 10 rebounds, posting his first double-double in a Saint Anselm uniform.
Sophomore Chris Paul (Highland Mills, N.Y.) tallied 16 points, notching eight rebounds, with classmate Gustav Suhr-Jessen (Virum, Denmark) recorded 12 points and nine rebounds for the Hawks. Senior Cody Ball (Londonderry, N.H.), only one game removed from a 29-point performance, posted 11 points and five assists with sophomore Spencer Cline (Mason, Ohio) scoring a career-high 11 points in only 13 minutes.
A fast-break layup by Paul created a 9-0 lead for the Hawks and Saint Anselm was able to keep Goldey-Beacom scoreless through the game's first 4:45 of play. The strong Saint Anselm start allowed the Hawks to build a commanding 27-7 lead that ultimately grew to 35-9 with 6:27 to go in the first half.
Goldey-Beacom would go on a 38-25 scoring run in the game's next 13:40, eventually cutting the Hawks lead to 10 points with 7:38 left in regulation time. At the game's most critical time, however, Saint Anselm stepped up with 16 of the game's next 23 points as Suhr-Jessen had five points during that strong stretch.
Despite being outscored in the second half, the Hawks controlled the glass with 24 rebounds while limiting Goldey-Beacom to only 13 caroms. In the second stanza, Guers had a team-best eight points and seven rebounds while handing out three helpers.
Corey Taite, his conference's Player of the Year one season ago, was impressive with 31 points in 33 minutes. Dwayne Dixon led Goldey-Beacom with six rebounds.
The Hawks continue their challenging non-league schedule with a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday, Nov. 17 at Jefferson University. The Rams, piloted by 52nd-year Head Coach Herb Magee, were projected to finish first in the CACC South Division Preseason Coaches' Poll.