WALTHAM, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College men's basketball team posted a 76-65 loss to the host Falcons from Bentley University on Saturday at the Dana Center.
Saint Anselm, receiving votes in the National Association of Basketball Coaches National Poll, falls to 7-5 overall on the season, dropping to 3-2 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Bentley, ranked 23rd in NCAA Division II by the same poll, overcame a 16-point deficit in the first half to and moves to 12-2 overall and to 4-1 against the league.
Freshman Tyler Arbuckle (Bristol, Conn.) scored a game-high 21 points for Saint Anselm, chipping in with four rebounds. Junior Chris Paul (Highland Mills, N.Y.) had 18 points and eight rebounds with senior Danny Evans (Leeds, United Kingdom) adding 13 points and three rebounds in the loss.
Saint Anselm established a game-high 16 point lead with 3:33 to go in the first half, fueled by a strong shooting performance across a 15-0 run that spanned just under three minutes. Arbuckle capped the scoring run with eight points in only 53 seconds of game play, creating the 40-24 lead.
Bentley stunned the Hawks with 34 of the game's next 41 points, turning the tables on the visiting team and building an 11-point bulge in the second half. Forced to come from behind, back-to-back baskets by Arbuckle shrunk the Bentley lead to six points, 58-52, but the Falcons pushed ahead and built a double-digit lead as time expired.
The Hawks return to action Wednesday, Jan. 8, hosting Assumption at 7:30 p.m. in NE10 play.