PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – The Saint Anselm College men's basketball team made its final 11 free throws on Saturday at Pace University, fueling a 79-74 road victory for the Hawks.
Saint Anselm improves to 9-5 overall on the season, having won five of its first seven Northeast-10 Conference games to date. Pace, entering play with 11 wins in 15 games, falls to 11-5 on the year and to 3-4 against the league.
Sophomore Miles Tention (Palo Alto, Calif.) posted a career-high 24 points with two steals and an assist for the Hawks. Junior Gustav Suhr-Jessen (Virum, Denmark) cashed in with 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists with classmate Chris Paul (Highland Mills, N.Y.) chipping in with 15 points and seven caroms.
Freshman Tyler Arbuckle (Bristol, Conn.) had 12 points, tying for the team lead with three shots from beyond the arc.
Down by a 68-64 score with 3:23 left in regulation time, Pace missed a crucial opportunity to build its lead, missing three consecutive free throws at one point. In the meantime, Saint Anselm used a 9-0 scoring run to take the lead for good. In that span, Tention put home seven points, including a three-point play with 1:50 to go that created a five-point lead.
A fast-break layup by Pace's Peyton Wejnert with 48 seconds shrunk the Hawks lead to 73-72, but Suhr-Jessen picked up a key offensive rebound on his team's next possession and then was fouled. At the line, Suhr-Jessen made back-to-back free throws to recreate a three-point bulge that grew to five points as time expired.
Pace led by as many as six points in the first half following back-to-back three's by Tyrone Cohen, Jr. Saint Anselm settled down over the game's next 12-plus minutes, spanning the first and second halves with 33 of the game's next 51 points. The Hawks built a lead of nine points with 15:12 left before Pace countered with 13-straight points over the game's next 3:21.
Tention connected on a triple, stopping the Pace streak, and the teams battled to four additional tied scores. Over the ensuing seven-plus minutes, each team scored 18 points as Pace was able to keep a four-point lead prior to its stretch of missed free throws.
Austin Gilbertson had 20 points in 37 minutes as five Setters reached double-digit point totals. Bryan Powell had 12 rebounds for Pace, scoring 11 points off the bench.
Saint Anselm heads to American International this Tuesday, Jan. 14 for a 7:30 p.m. NE10 contest.