MANCHESTER, N.H. – The nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College men's basketball team remains undefeated on the season, handing Merrimack a 92-81 defeat in Stoutenburgh Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
Saint Anselm, ranked fourth in NCAA Division II by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the D2SIDA Media Poll, improves to 6-0 on the season and to 3-0 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Merrimack falls to 5-4 overall and to 3-2 against league opponents.
Senior Tim Guers (Langhorne, Pa.) scored 30 points and added nine assists, pacing Saint Anselm with five three-point baskets. For the afternoon, the Hawks shot 12-for-19 (.632) from beyond the arc, the sixth-best percentage in a single game since the start of the 2001-02 season. Senior Cody Ball (Londonderry, N.H.) was responsible for three triples en route to a 15-point, nine-rebound performance.
All five starters for Saint Anselm reached double-digit scoring totals as Ball joined sophomores Chris Paul (Highland Mills, N.Y.) and Gustav Suhr-Jessen (Virum, Denmark) with 15 points. Suhr-Jessen had a team-best 11 rebounds, completing the double-double, while Ball handed out a career-high seven assists alongside a personal-best nine rebounds.
Freshman Joey Belli (Wayne, N.J.) had six points in only 12 minutes, handing out two assists to reach career-highs in both statistics. Saint Anselm shot 55.9% from the floor in the game, including a 15-for-25 performance from the floor in the second half, and won the rebounding battle, 40-to-31.
Down by one with 13:31 to go in the first half, Saint Anselm went on a 7-0 run to capture a 16-10 lead only minutes later. A Warriors trey with 3:28 to go in the first half cut the hosts lead to 34-29, but a Guers jumper and a three-point basket were made to create a 10-point lead, 39-29, with under 2:40 to go in the first half.
Boulter added another triple for Merrimack late in the second half, reducing the Hawks lead to eight points, 70-62, but Saint Anselm would again go on to lead by double-digits down the stretch. With under 2:16 to go, a five-point spurt by Merrimack would shrink the Saint Anselm lead to eight points, 88-80, but a fast-break Ball layup in the final 90 seconds put the game out of reach for the visitors.
Juvaris Hayes scored 24 points for the Warriors and was followed by 16 points from Khalief Crawford.
Saint Anselm travels to Saint Michael's for a 7:30 p.m. conference tilt on Tuesday, Dec. 4.