MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior Tim Guers (Langhorne, Pa.) of the Saint Anselm College men's basketball team reached 2,000 career points during Wednesday's win over Pace University. The nationally-ranked Hawks picked up a hard-fought 73-62 victory over the Setters.
Saint Anselm, ranked 14th in NCAA Division II by the National Basketball Coaches' Association and 18th in the D2SIDA National Media Poll, improves to 15-2 overall and to 11-1 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. The Setters drop to 11-8 overall, losing six out of their 11 league fixtures to date.
Guers' first basket of the game, a layup with only 1:04 elapsed, put him over the 2,000 career point threshold to become only the third student-athlete in program history to achieve such a milestone. He scored 21 points total in the contest, passing Chris Madigan '90 for second place all-time in team history with 2,020 points.
He is within striking distance of the team's all-time scoring leader, Matt Cahill '06, who registered 2,081 points on the Hilltop in 119 games from 2002-06. Guers, in only his 108th career game, is averaging 18.7 points per game across his four-year career and has averaged over 35 minutes per game, ranking among the program leaders in that statistic.
Guers fell just three points shy of a triple-double, adding 10 rebounds and seven assists to his game-high 21 points, playing all 40 minutes. Senior Cody Ball (Londonderry, N.H.) had 18 points and 10 rebounds with sophomore Alonzo Jackson (Medford, Mass.) putting home 12 points in 23 minutes off the bench. Sophomore Chris Paul (Highland Mills, N.Y.) accounted for nine points and seven rebounds.
Trailing by only two points shortly into the game, the Hawks pulled away to build a 10-point lead with a 9-0 scoring run with under 10 minutes to go in the opening half. Sophomore Gustav Suhr-Jessen (Virum, Denmark) joined Guers, Jackson and freshman Miles Tention (Palo Alto, Calif.) with points during that stretch.
An 11-3 scoring run by Pace made things interesting late in the first half, shrinking the Hawks lead to 25-23 with 2:14 to go, but a triple by sophomore Spencer Cline (Mason, Ohio) rebuilt some of the lost momentum. Despite the early offensive gains, the Hawks settled for a halftime lead of only four points, 30-26 – the home team committed 10 first-half turnovers and shot under 34% from the floor.
The Setters cut the lead once again to open the second half, trailing by a 33-32 score, before a fast-break layup by Paul with 12:49 to go boosted the hosts to an 11-point lead, 47-36. Saint Anselm did not lead by more than double-digits across the game's next nine minutes as the Setters kept the game close, reducing the Hawks lead to two points with 4:40 left in regulation time.
At that point, Saint Anselm ran off 11 of the game's final 13 points to lock down the victory. A stout Hawks defense limited the Setters to only 1-10 from the floor in the final 4:30 of play – during that span, junior Danny Evans (Leeds, United Kingdom) joined Guers with clutch three-point baskets. Paul also helped out with three of his team's six rebounds in that timeframe.
Saint Anselm owned a game-high lead of 12 points with 1:15 to go. The Hawks also held advantages with 10 made three-point baskets and a 21-for-25 performance from the charity stripe.
The Hawks host Le Moyne on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. in Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.