WALTHAM, Mass. – Juniors Cody Ball and Tim Guers scored 21 points apiece, helping the Saint Anselm College men's basketball team to a 71-48 victory over Georgian Court University on Sunday at Bentley University's Dana Center.
The Hawks improve to 1-1 on the year while the Lions (0-2) remain in search of their first victory of the 2017-18 season. Saint Anselm opens Northeast-10 Conference play this Wednesday, Nov. 15, welcome in-state rival Franklin Pierce to Stoutenburgh Gymnasium at 5:30 p.m.
In an evenly-played first half, the Hawks took the lead for good with 6:22 to go following a Guers triple, creating a 23-20 lead for his team. Ahead by three points later in the half, another three-point basket, this time by Ball, shot Saint Anselm into a six-point advantage, 28-22, with 3:15 left in the half.
The Hawks built a 35-28 advantage with the help of 11 points scored off of Georgian Court turnovers and punished their opponents with seven second-chance points. In the first 20 minutes alone, Guers recorded 15 points and reeled in eight rebounds.
Gustav Suhr-Jessen put Saint Anselm ahead by a 10-point margin shortly into the second half, scoring a three-point basket to lift his team to a 43-33 lead. A nine-point scoring run by the Hawks shortly after Suhr-Jessen's triple created an 18-point lead down the stretch that grew to a game-high 23 points with 44 seconds left in regulation time.
Kyle Green led players from both sides with 13 rebounds, setting a career-high. His squad collected 56 rebounds in the contest, the most in a single game since at least the 2003-04 season.
Georgian Court was led by 12-point performances to Caleb Bowser and Tony Ellington, Jr.