MANCHESTER, N.H. – Led by a game-high 28 points from senior Tim Guers (Langhorne, Pa.), the nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College men's basketball team scored a 76-63 victory over the host Penmen from Southern New Hampshire University on Wednesday.
Saint Anselm, the fourth-ranked team in NCAA Division II by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, remains without a defeat in five games to date and improves to 2-0 against Northeast-10 Conference foes. Southern New Hampshire falls to 4-3 overall and to 1-2 against league opponents.
Guers picked up a double-double with 28 points and 10 rebounds, handing out three assists. Sophomore Gustav Suhr-Jessen (Virum, Denmark) scored 17 points, notching 11 rebounds, four blocks and three steals. Classmate Chris Paul (Highland Mills, N.Y.) struck for 18 points, hauling in seven caroms.
The Hawks led by a six-point margin on two separate occasions in the first half as the Penmen kept the game within reach. Down by three, the Hawks used a 9-3 scoring run to capture a 13-10 lead near the midpoint of the first half. Another 6-0 run by Saint Anselm grew its lead to 19-13 with 9:24 to go in the opener.
With the game deadlocked at 24 with 5:14 to go in the first half, the Hawks scored eight of the half's final 10 points to capture a 32-26 advantage at the break. Saint Anselm kept the Penmen to under 30% shooting from the floor in their own gym through the first 20 minutes, punishing the hosts with 22 points under the rim.
Saint Anselm led by eight with a Suhr-Jessen layup with only 21 seconds expired in the second half, but the Penmen cut the Hawks lead to one on two separate occasions and played the majority of the second half trailing by less than four points.
Saint Anselm was able to keep the Penmen at arm's length and created an 11-point lead with just under 6:30 to go in regulation time as a Suhr-Jessen flush capped a 12-2 scoring run for the Hawks with less than 10 minutes to go.
The game was far from out of reach, however, as the Penmen countered with eight points in only 51 seconds of game play to cut the Hawks advantage to three points. With under five minutes to go, the Hawks grabbed three-straight defensive rebounds and scored on each play to recreate a 10-point lead with 3:36 to go in the game. Saint Anselm put the game away by scoring nine of the final 13 points.
Saint Anselm shot 48.3% in the second half, making 14-of-29 shots from the floor, on the way to victory. The Hawks held the narrow 43-to-42 edge in overall rebounding.
Southern New Hampshire was led by four double-digit point scorers. Shawn Montague had 16 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Penmen.