WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior Tim Guers (Langhorne, Pa.) had a game-high 24 points to propel the nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College men's basketball team to a 77-70 victory over the Greyhounds from Assumption College at Laska Gymnasium on Saturday.
Saint Anselm, ranked fourth in all of NCAA Division II by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the D2SIDA National Media Poll, improves to 11-1 on the year and to 7-0 against Northeast-10 Conference foes. Assumption dips to 5-9 overall and to 1-6 against the league.
Guers also added seven rebounds for the Hawks, tying sophomore Gustav Suhr-Jessen (Virum, Denmark) for the team lead in rebounding. Suhr-Jessen posted 19 points with senior Cody Ball (Londonderry, N.H.) and sophomore Chris Paul (Highland Mills, N.Y.) tallying 13 points.
The Hawks trailed by as many as nine points, 17-8, with 12:46 to go in the first half. A solid 13-0 run by Saint Anselm down the stretch overcame that deficit, helped along by two three-pointers from Suhr-Jessen and four points from Guers.
Saint Anselm carried a five-point lead heading into halftime thanks to an Evans jumper as time expired. The Hawks finished the first half with a 14-for-26 mark from the field while Assumption was 12-for-28 (42.9%), missing six three-point baskets.
Assumption trailed by only six points with 8:39 to go in regulation time, but a fast-break Ball layup turned into a traditional three-point play to create a nine-point advantage. Later in the half, another six-point deficit by the Greyhounds grew to 10 points as back-to-back Suhr-Jessen field goals with under four minutes left established that margin.
Once again ahead by six points with 56 seconds left, junior Danny Evans (Leeds, United Kingdom) drew a foul and went to the line, making both baskets. Evans finished with nine points and two steals, leading the Hawks in the latter category.
Saint Anselm held a 17-5 edge in fast-break points. Assumption was led by 21 points from Matthew Kelly.
The Hawks host New Haven this Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.