NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Despite having five different players reach double-digit point scoring totals, the Saint Anselm College men's basketball team was downed by the Warriors from Merrimack College on Saturday, 86-71.
Saint Anselm falls to 5-3 on the year and to 3-2 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Merrimack improves to 6-3, winning three out of four games against league foes. The Hawks host Saint Michael's this Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Tim Guers and Taylor Fortin played all 40 minutes of action as the former scored 15 points and racked up 10 assists on the day. Fortin scored 11 points and freshman Chris Paul struck for 13 points in his team's loss. Austin Nydegger came off the bench and contributed 12 points. Cody Ball racked up 11 points and four assists.
Fortin hit a three-pointer only 4:13 into the game, cutting an early Merrimack lead to one point, 9-8. The Warriors went on to hit the game's next three baskets during a 7-0 scoring run that saw Saint Anselm trail by eight points, 16-8. The Warriors lead grew to 12 points with 10:23 left to go following a Devon Moore layup.
From that point in the game, the Hawks outscored the host Warriors by a 23-to-17 margin and ended the half with four-straight points to enter the locker room down by six points, 42-36. Saint Anselm committed nine first half turnovers and shot 40% (12-for-25) while Merrimack made exactly 60% (18-for-30) of its shots from the floor.
Saint Anselm reduced the Merrimack lead to one point, 46-45, only minutes into the second half as a Paul layup preceded a Ball three-pointer within 20 seconds of each other. Guers made two-straight free throws at 16:53 prior to Nydegger putting home a jumper, giving the Hawks a 47-46 lead.
The lead would be short lived as nine consecutive Merrimack points wiped out any future comeback. The Warriors created a game-high 19 point lead with 1:05 left following an Idris Joyner layup.
Juvaris Hayes scored a game-high 31 points for the Warriors. Jaleel Lord put home 25 points and Joyner finished as his team's leader with seven rebounds. Merrimack controlled the paint, recording 38 points under the basket while limiting Saint Anselm to only 24 paint points.