Strong second half carries men’s basketball to 90-75 victory

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men's basketball team secured a 90-75 victory over visiting Saint Michael's College on Tuesday.

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Saint Anselm moves to 6-3 overall on the season, moving to 4-2 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents to date. Saint Michael's has won one of its eight games overall, falling to 1-5 against league foes. The Hawks hit the road this weekend, heading to to Bentley this Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. tilt.

Junior Tim Guers filled the stats sheet with 31 points, nine assists and eight rebounds to lift the Hawks to the win. Senior Taylor Fortin notched 23 points, handing out seven assists and grabbing six rebounds and junior Cody Ball scored 15 points.

A 13-point scoring run for Saint Anselm in the first half boosted the Hawks to a 32-17 lead with 6:51 to go. Despite the overpowering scoring run by Saint Anselm, six straight points by Levi Holmes III in the final 54 seconds by Saint Michael's drew the teams even heading into the locker room.

Holmes continued his hot shooting into the second half, scoring seven points in just under two minutes to create a game-high 53-47 lead for Saint Michael's with 15:56 to go. 14 of the game's next 16 points were scored by the Hawks, however, swinging the momentum in the hosts favor down the stretch.

Ahead by 10 points with under seven minutes remaining, a triple by Fortin was the key shot that eliminated any chance of a Saint Michael's comeback. Ball added a three-point basket later in the second half, boosting the Hawks to an 86-65 advantage that was increased to 90 points with four-straight points by Guers with 1:21 remaining.

Senior Kyle Green proved once again to be a valuable weapon off the bench, reeling in 10 rebounds in 24 minutes and recording one of his team's three blocks. Classmate Austin Nydegger made his lone three-point attempt in the game, moving to 58.3% on the season by making 21-of-36 baskets from beyond the arc to date.

Holmes finished with 29 points for Saint Michael's. No player had more than four rebounds as the Hawks won the rebounding battle, 40-to-24, and handed out 24 of the game's 33 assists.