KANSAS CITY – The Saint Anselm College men's basketball team was awarded its highest-ever national ranking on Tuesday by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The Hawks were selected as the fourth-ranked program in all of NCAA Division II men's basketball out of more than 300 programs nationwide.
The Hawks, who won their first three games of the season prior to Tuesday's 92-66 win over Stonehill, were ranked fourth behind Bellarmine, Northwest Missouri State and Indiana (Pa.). It is the highest ranking for Saint Anselm since a fifth-place ranking that was achieved three prior times, most recently on Feb. 26, 1996.
Piloted by Head Coach Keith Dickson in his 33rd season on the Hilltop, Saint Anselm began the 2018-19 season ranked sixth in the NABC's Preseason Poll. Additionally, the Hawks are ranked first in the East Region by the Division II Sports Information Directors Association as of Nov. 19 and fourth in the D2SIDA National Media Poll as of Nov. 20.
Saint Anselm sports a tidy 4-0 record to begin the year, sprinting out to a 1-0 record against Northeast-10 Conference opponents with Tuesday's win against Stonehill. The Hawks navigated a strong non-league schedule to date that includes Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference divisional favorites Bloomfield and Jefferson. Goldey-Beacom was projected to finish one spot behind Jefferson in the CACC South Division.
The Hawks are one of 41 teams in NCAA Division II without a defeat as of Wednesday. The team ranks 12th nationally in rebound margin (10.8) and 15th in scoring margin (90.5). The team's 31 defensive rebounds per game are the 18th-best average in the nation and senior standout Tim Guers (Langhorne, Pa.) is 13th in the country with two double-doubles.
Saint Anselm will head to Southern New Hampshire on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in a key NE10 fixture.