MANCHESTER, N.H. – Taking on one of the top-ranked teams in the East Region of NCAA Division II, the Saint Anselm College men's basketball team posted a convincing 87-59 victory over Daemen College on Wednesday in Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
Saint Anselm, receiving votes in the National Association of Basketball Coaches National Poll, improves to 7-4 on the season while Daemen, the No. 19-ranked squad in the country, drops to 12-3 overall with the result.
Head Coach Keith Dickson, in his 34th season on the Hilltop, reached 650 career victories with Wednesday's result. The winningest coach in Saint Anselm and Northeast-10 Conference men's basketball history, Dickson ranks sixth among active NCAA Division II coaches and 19th among active basketball coaches across all NCAA divisions.
Freshman Tyler Arbuckle (Bristol, Conn.) scored 26 points, hitting on three shots from beyond the arc in the first half's final five minutes to build a sizeable lead at the break. Senior Danny Evans (Leeds, United Kingdom) and sophomore Miles Tention (Palo Alto, Calif.) each scored 18 points with the former hauling in a career-best 12 rebounds. Tention also chipped in with a career-high seven assists
Daemen opened the game with an 8-2 spurt, creating its game-high lead with just minutes elapsed in regulation play. Saint Anselm quickly turned the tables, scoring 15 of the game's next 17 points to post a 20-12 lead with 12:25 to go in the first half. In that stretch, Arbuckle logged eight points.
The visitors reduced the Hawks lead to six points shortly thereafter, but the Hawks pulled away with six of the team's final shots coming from three-point distance. Closing the first half with an 18-8 scoring run, the Hawks brought a 51-32 lead into the half – the Hawks committed only one turnover in the opening 20 minutes.
Saint Anselm maintained a 15-point lead or larger in the second half, growing its advantage to 28 points with free throws from junior Gustav Suhr-Jessen (Virum, Denmark) coming in the game's final two minutes. Daemen made only one field goal in the final six-and-a-half minutes of play.
Andrew Sischo, a First Team All-Region selection for the Wildcats last year, led the way for his team with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Jeff Redband had 15 points and a team-best three blocks.
The Hawks will play three of their next four games on the road, beginning with a trip to Bentley on Saturday, Jan. 4 that will tip at 3:30 p.m. Saint Anselm hosts Assumption on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m.