Saint Anselm Turns Back Second Half Men's Basketball Run, 90-77

Roach scored a career-high 16 points for the Skyhawks with five rebounds. (PHOTO BY Mike Tureski/SportsPix)

Guers leads Hawks to win with double-double

EASTON, Mass. (November 21, 2017) – Saint Anselm College turned aside a second-half Stonehill College run to pick up a 90-77 victory in Northeast-10 Conference men's basketball action on Paula Sullivan Court at Merkert Gymnasium tonight.

Junior Tim Guers (Langhorne, Pennsylvania/Germantown Academy) led the way for Saint Anselm with a double-double as he posted game-high totals of 34 points and 15 rebounds, to go with eight assists and two steals, shooting 13-for-25 from the field, including 3-of-9 from three-point distance, and converting 5-of-6 free-throws on the night. Classmate Cody Ball (Londonderry, New Hampshire/Londonderry) added 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting, five boards, two assists, two blocked shots and two steals, while senior Taylor Fortin (Tolland, Connecticut/Wilbraham & Monson Academy) registered 11 points, six assists and four rebounds. Senior Austin Nydegger (Glenville, New York/Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) chipped in 11 points and two steals.

Senior Ryan Roach (Weymouth, Massachusetts/Cardinal Spellman) netted a career-high 16 points to lead Stonehill on 6-of-10 shooting, with five rebounds and three steals. Sophomore Dan Largey (Oceanport, New Jersey/Peddie School) added 12 points and five rebounds, while senior KJ Lee (Huntington Station, New York/Long Island Lutheran) and sophomores Brandon Twitty (Randolph, Massachusetts/Catholic Memorial) and Will Moreton (Minneapolis, Minnesota/Edina) chipped in with ten points each. Lee also totaled seven assists and six rebounds for the Skyhawks.

Lee totaled ten points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Skyhawks. (PHOTO BY Mike Tureski/SportsPix)

Saint Anselm took a 14-point lead (43-29) into halftime and extended it to 22 points twice in the first four minutes of the second half. Freshman Gustav Suhr-Jessen (Virum, Denmark) pushed the Hawks lead to 22 for a second time (59-37) and Stonehill responded with an 11-2 run to cut its deficit to 13 (61-48) on a three-pointer from senior Paul Graves (Marion, Massachusetts/Old Rochester Regional) three minutes later. Roach scored six of the Skyhawks 11 points during that stretch.

Saint Anselm's lead was 15 (70-55) after a three-point play by sophomore Jimmy Panzini (Spring Lake, New Jersey/Point Pleasant Beach) midway through the half. Stonehill kept chipping away, using a 10-1 run to pull within six (71-65) on a Largey layup with seven minutes to play. The Hawks held from there, scoring the next seven points, four from Guers after a Fortin three-pointer, to regain a 13-point cushion (78-65) with 5:26 remaining. Moreton answered with a three-pointer for Stonehill, but the visitors scored eight of the next ten points, including eight from Guers to run the lead to 16 (88-72) and seal the win.

Stonehill jumped out to a quick 8-4 lead, with four points from Largey, two and a half minutes into the game, and held a five point lead (15-10) after a Lee layup with 13:16 remaining in the first half. Saint Anselm followed with a 16-4 run to grab a seven-point lead (26-17) on a layup by senior Kyle Green (Woodbury Heights, New Jersey/Camden Catholic) midway through the half.

Saint Anselm would extend its lead to 12 (33-21) after a Nydegger three-pointer, but Stonehill answered with a Moreton layup and three from senior Joel Berroa (Lawrence, Massachusetts/Bridgton Academy) to trim the deficit to seven (33-26) with 6:25 left in the half. The Hawks followed that with a 10-2 run to open a 15-point lead (43-28) after a Ball three, before taking the 14-point edge into halftime.

Stonehill (1-4, 1-2 NE10) will have a quick Thanksgiving break, before returning to action on Sunday to host preseason No. 5 Saint Thomas Aquinas College, ranked second in the East Region, for a non-conference matchup at 1:30 p.m. Saint Anselm (4-1, 3-0 NE10) hosts LIU Post on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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