EASTON, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College men's basketball team was tripped up by the host Skyhawks from Stonehill College at Merkert Gymnasium on Saturday, falling by a 70-57 margin.
Saint Anselm, ranked 20th in NCAA Division II, falls to 5-3 on the year and to 3-1 against Northeast-10 Conference foes. Stonehill overcame a 13-point deficit, using 43 second-half points to improve to 6-4 overall. The Skyhawks have won four of their first six NE10 fixtures to date.
Sophomore Miles Tention (Palo Alto, Calif.) scored 16 points with four rebounds and was followed by a 13-point performance by senior Danny Evans (Leeds, United Kingdom). Junior Gustav Suhr-Jessen (Virum, Denmark) notched 12 points with five rebounds with classmate Alonzo Jackson (Medford, Mass.) throwing up four blocks, scoring seven points with six rebounds off the bench.
The Hawks owned a 10-point lead following a fast-break layup from Evans with 5:38 to go in the first half, capping a 9-0 scoring run. A fast-break layup from junior Chris Paul (Highland Mills, N.Y.) with 2:09 to go in the opening half finished a dominant 16-4 scoring stretch for the Hawks, who led by a 39-27 margin at the break.
The second half was all Stonehill, who used an 18-2 scoring run that spanned just over six minutes to build an 11-point lead, 58-47, with 8:59 left. In the final 20 minutes alone, the Hawks made only seven field goals and three free throws while the hosts enjoyed a 51.4% shooting percentage from the floor.
Will Moreton had 18 points and seven rebounds in the second half alone. Andrew Sims had 14 points and nine rebounds for Stonehill and Owen Chose had 11 points in the win.
Saint Anselm hosts Jefferson at high noon on Sunday, Dec. 15.