Men's Basketball Takes Shootout at Saint Anselm, 97-86

Logan posted his 21st career double-double, netting season-highs for points, rebounds and assists. (PHOTO BY Mike Broglio/SportsPix)

Logan posts first double-double of season, fills boxscore with 24 points, 12 rebounds and six assists

MANCHESTER, N.H. (November 19, 2016) – Stonehill College, among teams receiving votes in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II preseason poll, shot over 60-percent from the field and placed four players in double-figures to claim a 97-86 victory over Saint Anselm College in Northeast-10 Conference men's basketball action at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium today.

Senior preseason All-American Ryan Logan (Fredericktown, Ohio/Fredericktown) led Stonehill with his first double-double of the season (21st career) as he posted season-highs of 24 points and 12 rebounds to go with a season-best six assists. Logan made 9-of-15 shots from the field, draining his lone three-pointer, and converting 5-of-6 free-throws for the afternoon.

Logan led four Stonehill players in double-figures as junior Isaiah Bess (LaGrange, Maine/Hampden Academy) netted a season-high 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including 4-for-7 from three-point distance, with two rebounds and two assists. Freshman Will Moreton (Minneapolis, Minnesota/Edina) added a season-best 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including 5-for-7 from beyond the arc, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and a blocked shot, while junior KJ Lee (Huntington Station, New York/Long Island Lutheran) finished with a season-high 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting, four rebounds and five assists.

Stonehill connected on 61.3-percent of its shots from the field (38-for-62), including 12-for-20 (60%) from three-point range, shooting 63.3-percent (19-30) from the floor in the second half overall and burying 7-of-11 (63.6%) threes in the first half. The Skyhawks posted a 39-30 rebounding advantage as well, with Saint Anselm shooting 46.5% (33-71) from the field, including 39.4% (13-33) in the opening half, connecting on 9-of-29 (31%) three-pointers and 11-of-17 (64.7%) free-throws.

Sophomore Tim Guers (Langhorne, Pennsylvania/Germantown Academy) led three Saint Anselm players in double-figures with 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting, including 3-for-7 from deep, making both free-throw attempts to go with three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Senior Harrison Taggart (Wallingford, Vermont/Saint Paul's School) added 19 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots, while sophomore Cody Ball (Londonderry, New Hampshire/Londonderry) registered 15 points, seven boards and three assists.

Bess added a season-high 20 points for the Skyhawks. (PHOTO BY Mike Broglio/SportsPix)

Stonehill trailed by four (22-18) after two Saint Anselm free-throws by junior Kyle Green (Woodbury Heights, New York/Camden Catholic) nine minutes into the game. The Skyhawks followed with a 16-2 run over the next four minutes to open a ten point lead (34-24) after Moreton converted a four-point play with 7:31 remaining in the half. Moreton and Bess both buried a pair of threes during the run, with Bess adding a dunk along the way. Moreton answered a Green basket with another triple to push the advantage to 11 (37-26) two minutes later.

Stonehill carried a ten point lead into halftime (47-37) and quickly extended it to 12 early in the second half. Teams largely traded baskets throughout much of the opening ten minutes of the second half, with Saint Anselm pulling within ten (77-67) after a layup from senior Chris Braley (Newport, Maine/Phillips-Exeter) with 7:50 remaining, only to be answered by two Logan free-throws and a Bess three around a Guers layup to restore a 13 point cushion (82-69) with 6:43 to play.

Saint Anselm was back within eight (82-74) after a Taggert three with 5:37 still to go, but Stonehill answered with eight straight points to open a 16 point lead (90-74) after a three-point play by Bess with 4:13 left. The Hawks made one last push to within nine (91-82) after two Guers free-throws with 1:44 remaining, but Stonehill scored six of the last eight points the rest of the way to seal the win in the rematch of last year's NCAA East Regional final that the Skyhawks won 82-76 in overtime to advance to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight for the third time in program history.

Stonehill (3-1, 1-1 NE-10) returns to action on Tuesday, when it hosts Merrimack College for an NE-10 matchup at Merkert Gymnasium at 7:30 p.m. Saint Anselm (0-2, 0-2 NE-10) visits Saint Michael's College on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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