MANCHESTER, N.H. – The fourth-ranked Saint Anselm College men's basketball team secured a 92-66 victory over the Skyhawks from Stonehill College on Tuesday at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
Saint Anselm, who just earlier this afternoon earned its highest-ever national ranking by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, improves to 4-0 on the season while winning its Northeast-10 Conference opener. Stonehill falls to 2-3 overall and to 1-2 in the league.
The Hawks improve to 16-1 at home since the start of last season. Saint Anselm boasts a dominant 38-6 mark on its home court that dates back to the dawn of the 2015-16 season. Versus Stonehill, the Hawks have won four-straight games, including the last three contests by a double-digit scoring margin.
Sophomore Chris Paul (Highland Mills, N.Y.) matched a career-high with 26 points, shooting 10-for-13 from the free-throw line in the win while notching nine rebounds. Senior Tim Guers (Langhorne, Ma.) posted 18 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two steals in the winning effort with sophomore Gustav Suhr-Jessen (Virum, Denmark) contributing a career-high 19 points.
Stonehill opened up a game-high four point lead, 13-9, with 13:42 to go in the first half before the Hawks captured the lead for good following a 10-0 scoring run that put the hosts in front, 19-13. A later scoring run of 20-2 by the Hawks down the stretch built up what was then a game-high lead of 22 points.
Guers had 17 points and five assists in the first half alone while Paul picked up 12 points and eight rebounds through the first 20 minutes. The Hawks dominated the glass, winning 31 of the game's 43 loose balls to that point. A stout Saint Anselm defense limited the Skyhawks to only 27.8% shooting from the floor in the first half.
Suhr-Jessen scored the Hawks' first 10 points of the second half, propelling his team to a 57-32 lead with only 3:01 expired in the second stanza. Ahead by 21, the Hawks continued to push the tempo and scored 16-straight points near the midpoint of the second half, growing the home team's lead to a game-high 37 points.
Stonehill, who was led on the evening by Will Moreton's 16 points, had a strong finish to the game, scoring 26 of the game's final 41 points, but the early Saint Anselm offensive charge held up.
A new era in the Saint Anselm and Southern New Hampshire University rivalry will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 28 as the Hawks head to take on its cross-town rival at 7:30 p.m. in the SNHU Fieldhouse. First-year Head Coach Jack Perri will pilot the Penmen in his first-ever Saint Anselm/Southern New Hampshire contest.