MANCHESTER, N.H. – The nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College men's basketball secured a 73-52 win over the visiting Chargers from the University of New Haven on Wednesday at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
Saint Anselm, ranked ninth in NCAA Division II by the National Association of Basketball Coaches National Poll and 15th by the D2SIDA National Poll, moves to 12-1 overall and to 8-0 against Northeast-10 Conference foes. New Haven drops to 8-5 on the year, falling below .500 in NE10 play (3-4).
Senior Cody Ball (Londonderry, N.H.) poured home five three-point baskets, leading the charge with 21 points. He now moves to 10th all-time with 219 three-point field goals made, passing John Freiermuth '92 who notched 216 during a 108-game career on the Hilltop.
Senior Tim Guers (Langhorne, Pa.) scored 18 points with sophomore Chris Paul (Highland Mills, N.Y.) scoring 10 points. Sophomore Gustav Suhr-Jessen (Virum, Denmark) fell one point short of a double-double, finishing with 10 rebounds and nine points.
Junior Danny Evans (Leeds, United Kingdom) also had a strong effort, scoring eight points along with seven rebounds. Freshman Miles Tention (Palo Alto, Calif.) handed out five assists, matching Guers for the team lead in that category.
A 14-point scoring run by Saint Anselm turned a 21-16 deficit with 7:14 left in the first half into a 30-21 advantage with under three minutes left in the stanza. After trailing by five, the Hawks closed the first half on a stunning 22-4 run to create a 38-25 halftime lead.
New Haven would attempt to come back, opening the second half with nine of the first 13 points scored. Another dominant scoring stretch by the Hawks put the game out of reach for good – this time, Saint Anselm posted 20 of the game's next 23 points to build a 24-point advantage with just over 10 minutes left on the clock.
Saint Anselm led by as many as 25 points, building that edge with a jumper by sophomore Spencer Cline (Mason, Ohio) with 8:07 left in the second half. The lead was boosted by 13 points off of 10 total Chargers turnovers in the second half alone – the Hawks also racked up nine assists on 13 made field goals down the stretch.
The Hawks head to Adelphi this Saturday, Jan. 12, battling the host Panthers at 3:30 p.m.