MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men's basketball team was tripped-up by the visiting Purple Knights of the University of Bridgeport on Wednesday afternoon at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium, falling by an 88-79 margin.
With the loss, Saint Anselm falls to 6-4 on the year while Bridgeport improves to 7-2 overall. Saint Anselm next hosts Daemen in its first contest of 2020 on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m.
With his first points of the contest seven minutes in, junior Chris Paul (Highland Mills, N.Y.) became the 53rd student-athlete in team history to reach 1,000 points in a career, doing so in 73 career games at Saint Anselm. After debuting with 365 points as a freshman, Paul exploded for 469 points as a sophomore to help the Hawks to a Final Four appearance in the national NCAA Division II Tournament. After recording 17 points on Wednesday, Paul is now at 1,016 total career points.
Paul and sophomore Miles Tention (Palo Alto, Calif.) scored 17 points each, followed by a 14-point performance from freshman Tyler Arbuckle (Bristol, Conn.). Junior Gustav Suhr-Jessen (Virum, Denmark) notched 11 points and added four rebounds. Paul also led the squad with seven rebounds.
Sophomore Joey Belli (Wayne, N.J.) came off the bench and scored 11 points while also dishing out a team-high seven assists.
Both teams traded blows early as the score was deadlocked at 13 with 11:46 left to go in the first half. The Purple Knights pulled ahead thanks to an 8-2 run, giving the visitors a 21-15 lead following a D'Vonne Trumbo jumper at 9:32.
The Hawks trimmed the deficit to five points following a Paul jumper with 5:10 remaining in the opening stanza. Bridgeport maintained the lead through the remainder of the first half, closing the half with a seven-point lead, 41-34.
The second half was all Bridgeport, sparked by an 8-2 scoring run that spanned just over four minutes of the second half, building a 13-point lead, 49-36. The Hawks brought it back to a four-point margin, 57-53 after Tention's three pointer at 12:01.
Despite cutting into the lead, the Hawks were unable to convert and even the score down the stretch, as the Purple Knights would go on to earn the 88-79 win.
Hashem Abbas had 21 points and six rebounds. Bakary Camara finished with 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Jose Rabon-Sanchez had a team-high three assists.