MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior Tim Guers (Langhorne, Pa.) posted a career-high of 11 assists on Saturday, helping the nationally-ranked men's basketball team at Saint Anselm College post a 90-78 win over American International College.
Saint Anselm, ranked 15th in NCAA Division II by the National Basketball Coaches' Association and 24th in the D2SIDA National Media Poll, improves to 14-2 overall on the season and to 10-1 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. The Yellow Jackets, losers of 16 out of the last 18 games versus Saint Anselm, drop to 8-10 overall and to 4-6 in the league.
Guers posted 22 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds in the contest, falling just one point shy of reaching 2,000 for his career. With one additional point, Guers will become the third student-athlete in program history to reach that threshold in a Saint Anselm uniform. Through 107 career games on the Hilltop, Guers is averaging 18.7 points per game to rank fourth all-time.
Senior Cody Ball (Londonderry, N.H.) notched a team-high 25 points for the Hawks, leading the team with eight rebounds while handing out three assists. Sophomore Chris Paul (Highland Mills, N.Y.) scored 16 points with seven rebounds, followed by junior Danny Evans (Leeds, United Kingdom) and his 12 points.
Sophomore Alonzo Jackson (Medford, Mass.) had seven rebounds, four points and four blocks off the bench. Freshman Miles Tention (Palo Alto, Calif.) also contributed as a reserve, bombing three treys to finish with nine points while handing out three assists.
The Hawks quickly recovered from an 8-0 deficit to start the game, capturing a one-point lead with 13:03 to go in the first half following a Paul jumper. Saint Anselm would own the lead for good shortly thereafter, outscoring the Yellow Jackets by a 30-18 margin leading up to halftime. Ball and Paul each had 11 and 10 points, respectively, to pace Saint Anselm.
Opening the second half on a 19-9 scoring run, the Hawks built a game-high lead of 19 points as a Ball free-throw capped a three-point play, finishing a nine-point scoring stretch that was led by treys from Guers and Ball.
Ahead by 19, the Yellow Jackets scored 25 of the game's next 37 points, shrinking the lead to six points with a Branislav Terzic three-point basket with 3:04 left in the contest. Paul added a layup in the paint on his team's next possession, providing a somewhat more comfortable lead of six points with under three to go.
Leading by seven points with under 1:30 to go in regulation time, a Ball three-point basket ended any chance of a Yellow Jackets comeback. Guers added back-to-back free throw makes in the final 46 seconds to secure the victory for the Hawks.
Saint Anselm held the 37-to-36 edge in rebounding and finished the game shooting 63.2% from beyond the arc, making 12-of-19 triples. Hawks passers accounted for 20 of the game's 31 assists and the Saint Anselm team put home 15 second-chance points and had a greater point scoring contribution from its bench, 13-to-2.
The Hawks host Pace this Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.