PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – The Saint Anselm College men's basketball team poured home 15 three-pointers on Wednesday, helping the Hawks to a convincing 95-60 win over the host Setters from Pace University.
Saint Anselm has won nine-straight games for the first time since the 2013-14 season, improving to 14-3 overall and to 10-2 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Pace, who defeated the Hawks last season on the latter's home court, fall to 5-14 overall and to 1-10 in the league.
Taylor Fortin led Saint Anselm with 25 points, pouring home a career-high seven shots from beyond the arc. Cody Ball scored 15 points and equaled a career-high with eight rebounds, making three triples, and Tim Guers scored 11 points, handed out nine assists and secured seven rebounds in his team's convincing victory.
Jack Loughnane scored eight points off the bench, setting a career-best mark, as he joined nine other Hawks players to see action in a reserve role in the contest. Chris Paul matched a personal record with nine rebounds in his team's season-high 35 point victory.
Paul set up Ball for the game's first two points only 21 seconds into the tilt. Three-straight points by Pace only minutes later would tie the game at five, but the Hawks would not relinquish the lead throughout the rest of regulation time. Seven-straight points by the Hawks near the midpoint of the first half created the team's first double-digit advantage, 28-18, with 8:30 left.
Leading by 17 at halftime, Saint Anselm would grow its scoring streak to 11 points with 17:42 left following a Fortin jumper. Leading by 25 at that point, a seven-point scoring stretch by the Hawks was capped by a Ball layup with 11:03 to go, creating a 72-37 lead for the visitors.
Pace would match the Saint Anselm scoring effort throughout the remainder of the game (23-23), but the Hawks built a 40-point lead with 2:35 to go following a free throw make by Jimmy Panzini.
The Hawks built their sizeable lead by scoring 17 points off of Pace turnovers. The Setters, led by 23 points from Peyton Wejnert, did not score a single point off of a Hawks miscue in the game. All told, the Saint Anselm bench registered 29 of the team's 95 points while the Setters reserves scored only eight points.
Saint Anselm heads to Syracuse, N.Y. for a 3 p.m. tilt against Le Moyne on Saturday, Jan. 20.