GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – The Saint Anselm College and Adelphi University men's basketball teams combined for 29 made three-pointers on Saturday, but it was the host Panthers that made 56% of their attempts from beyond the arc in their 98-89 victory over the nationally-ranked Hawks at the Center for Recreation and Sport.
Saint Anselm (12-2, 8-1 NE10), ranked ninth in the National Association of Basketball Coaches National Poll and 15th in the D2SIDA National Media Poll, picks up only its first Northeast-10 Conference defeat of the season. Adelphi moves to 9-6 overall on the year and to 4-4 against league opponents, earning its first win over Saint Anselm since Jan. 28, 2012.
Four of the five Hawks starters reached double-digit scoring totals, led by senior Tim Guers (Langhorne, Pa.) who reached 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Sophomore Gustav Suhr-Jessen (Virum, Denmark) had 19 points and a team-leading eight rebounds, finishing the game with 210 points this season to eclipse his mark of 204 points scored last season in 31 games.
Junior Danny Evans (Leeds, United Kingdom) scored 15 points and had seven boards. Sophomore Chris Paul (Highland Mills, N.Y.) tallied 14 points in the win while classmate Spencer Cline (Mason, Ohio) and freshman Miles Tention (Palo Alto, Calif.) had nine and eight points, respectively. Evans led the way with five three-pointers and the Hawks were a combined 15-for-37 from beyond the arc, the most made triples for Saint Anselm since also making 15 at Pace on Jan. 17, 2018.
Guers sits only 53 points shy of becoming the third student-athlete in team history to reach 2,000 career points. He is only 11 points away from passing Thomas Baudinet '11 for third place all-time and he stands only 14 rebounds shy of 700 for his career.
In a game that saw 16 lead changes and 10 tied scores, it was Saint Anselm that crept out to a five-point lead with 14:23 to go in regulation time as Guers made the first of his three-point baskets on the day. The Panthers turned the tables, immediately scoring 10-straight points to build a five-point advantage of their own with 12:16 left in the opening half.
The Hawks would trade the lead down the stretch in the opening 20 minutes before an Adelphi dunk would establish another five-point lead for the hosts, 49-44, with 4:05 left. The teams would head into the break with a tied score, 55-55, after a last-minute triple from Suhr-Jessen brought the teams into the locker room even.
Adelphi crept out to a six-point lead only 4:29 into the second half, but Saint Anselm would embark on an 18-9 scoring run over the next 5:10. During that impressive scoring span, Suhr-Jessen had eight points and Guers had seven to his credit. The strong offensive production for the Hawks yielded a three-point lead, 75-72, with 11:10 to go.
Saint Anselm was stunned by a 13-0 run by the Panthers over the game's next 3:11. Adelphi led by what was then a game-high 10 point lead after Jack Laffey's triple with under eight minutes to go, capping the strongest run of the game for the hosts.
The Hawks did not cut the lead closer than six points for the remainder of the game as the Panthers built game-high advantages of 11 points with 1:36 to go and matched that lead with just under 30 seconds left in regulation time. In the end, the Hawks were whistled for 17 of the game's final 25 fouls and missed 13 of their 17 three-point attempts in the second stanza.
Conor McGuinness led Adelphi with 16 points with Laffey hauling in nine rebounds. McGuinness also handed out six assists with Laffey leading student-athletes from both teams with two takeaways.
Saint Anselm will head to Southern Connecticut State this Tuesday, Jan. 15 for a 7:30 p.m. showdown with the Owls.