COLCHESTER, Vt. – The nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College men's basketball team posted a 95-72 victory over Saint Michael's College on Tuesday at the Ross Sports Center.
Saint Anselm, the fourth-ranked team in NCAA Division II according to both the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II Poll and the D2SIDA Media Poll, remains without a defeat through seven games in 2018-19. Saint Michael's falls to 3-5 overall and to 1-5 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents.
For the second consecutive game, all five Saint Anselm starters reached double-digit point scoring totals. Senior Cody Ball (Londonderry, N.H.) poured home four three-point baskets and finished with 17 points. Classmate Tim Guers (Langhorne, Pa.) struck for 16 points, nine rebounds, six assists and four steals while junior Danny Evans (Leeds, United Kingdom) filled the stat sheet with 15 points, six assists, six steals and five rebounds.
Saint Anselm opened up a 27-8 lead through the game's first 9:41 and never looked back, compiling a 21-point lead at halftime. Saint Michael's controlled the glass in the game's opening 20 minutes, but Saint Anselm shot nearly 60% from the floor (19-for-32) and limited the hosts to only 35.5% shooting (11-for-31). The Purple Knights also committed 14 turnovers in the first half alone.
Freshman Miles Tention (Palo Alto, Calif.) contributed a career-high 13 points in the win, scoring eight of those in the second half alone to help the Hawks maintain a sizeable lead. A 16-6 run near the end of the stanza created the game's first 30-point lead for Saint Anselm.
Saint Anselm recorded 16 takeaways in Tuesday's win and also had 22 of the game's 32 assists. In total, the Hawks finished with 41 points off of turnovers.
Jordan Guzman led Saint Michael's with 33 points, scoring 27 of those points in the final 20 minutes of action alone.