MANCHESTER, N.H. – Tim Guers posted his first career triple-double to lead three players with 20+ points as the Saint Anselm College men's basketball team defeated Southern New Hampshire University, 95-87, on Tuesday night in Northeast-10 Conference action at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium in Manchester, N.H.
The Hawks finish the regular season at 17-8 overall and 13-8 in the Northeast-10 and have earned the No. 2 seed in the Northeast Division of the upcoming NE10 Tournament. Saint Anselm will host the No. 3 seed from the Southwest, Southern Connecticut State University, on Sunday afternoon in a 3 p.m. matchup.
SNHU wraps up the regular season at 19-7 overall and 15-6 in league games and has earned the top seed in the Northeast Division. The Penmen will take on the winner of the Bentley/ Adelphi First Round matchup on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.
Guers stuffed the stat sheet en route to a triple-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and three blocks. Taylor Fortin matched a career-high with 28 points, while Chris Braley notched a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Cody Ball chipped in 12 points, with Harrison Taggart adding eight points and five rebounds.
SNHU was led by 22 points and eight rebounds from Dimitri Floras, while Devin Gilligan added 21 points and eight rebounds of his own. Chris Walters registered a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds on the night.
Once the action started, it was a back-and-forth battle to begin the game as a Walters triple gave SNHU an early 10-4 lead before an 11-0 run by Saint Anselm capped by a Mackay three-point play put the Hawks ahead 15-10 with 14:29 to play. The Penmen answered with eight-straight points of their own to take the lead back, but back-to-back triple from Guers gave the Hawks a 21-18 lead.
A pair of Taylor Fortin free throws extended the lead to 23-20, but the Penmen got two-straight threes from Charlie Russo and Jerome Harris to steal the lead back at 26-23 with 8:28 remaining. The Hawks answered with an 8-0 run of their own – including four points apiece from Ball and Taggart – to jump back in front 31-26.
Following a Walters free throw that made it a 31-29 lead for the Hawks, Saint Anselm used another big run, this time a 9-0 spurt, to take a 40-29 lead with 3:32 left in the first half. Gilligan would make it an eight-point game with a three, but the Hawks were able to take a 47-36 lead into the half after a dunk from Cody Ball and a triple from Fortin.
Saint Anselm opened the second period on a 7-2 run to grab a 54-38 advantage, and another Fortin three-pointer pushed the lead out to 57-40 with 15:46 remaining. A 7-0 spurt by the Hawks would extend the lead to 66-47 and a Taylor Fortin layup at the 8:42 mark gave Saint Anselm its largest lead of the game at 75-54.
SNHU would not go away quietly, however, as a 14-6 run by the Penmen over the next four minutes made it an 81-68 game with 4:59 remaining. The teams continued to trade baskets and another Walters layup at the 3:19 mark cut the Saint Anselm lead to 85-75.
A DaQuaise Andrews layup eventually made it an 89-82 game, but Guers answered with a three-pointer to give the Hawks another 10-point cushion. Gilligan connected on another three-pointer to cut the lead to 93-85, but Guers knocked down two free throws to ice the game and help the Hawks pull out the 95-87 victory.
Saint Anselm shot 44.3% (31-of-70) from the field, 29% (9-of-31) from three and 92.3% (24-of-26) from the charity stripe in the game. SNHU knocked down 46.7% (35-of-75) of their shots and 52% (13-of-25) of their threes, but only hit 44.4% (4-of-9) of their free throws in the setback. Saint Anselm held a 45-37 edge on the glass, while both teams committed 14 turnovers apiece.
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