SYRACUSE, N.Y. – In a battle of division leaders in the Northeast-10 Conference, the Saint Anselm men's basketball team was set down by the host Dolphins from Le Moyne College by a 76-63 margin on the Ted Grant Court.
Saint Anselm, ranked fifth in the East Region according to the D2SIDA Men's Basketball Media Poll, sees its nine-game winning streak come to an end. The Hawks overall record falls to 14-4 and their league mark stands at 10-3 following the defeat. Le Moyne, ranked third in the region, moves to 14-5 after winning their 11th of 12 games within the NE10.
The Hawks remain on top of the conference's Northeast Division and the Dolphins maintain a narrow one-game edge over Saint Rose, who comes to take on Saint Anselm this Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Manchester, N.H.
Freshman Chris Paul set a career-high mark in the game, scoring 24 points to join junior Cody Ball (15 points) in double-digit point scoring. Ball led the Hawks with seven rebounds and senior Taylor Fortin handed out six assists while tallying nine points.
Le Moyne scored the first basket of the game, taking a lead that they would not relinquish following a Tom Brown three-point basket only 26 seconds in. Ahead by only three points with 16:37 left in the first half, Le Moyne posted a 13-4 scoring run that included three triples to create a 12-point lead with 12:49 to go.
Freshman Gustav Suhr-Jessen countered with a three-point basket that was followed by a Paul layup and a Ball dunk with 9:25 left to shrink the Le Moyne lead to single digits. From that point forward, the Dolphins enjoyed a 26-14 edge in scoring leading into halftime where they took a 20-point lead, 52-32.
The Hawks outscored the Dolphins 31-24 in the final 20 minutes, but the early damage had been done. Finishing the game on a 6-2 run, the Hawks were able to shrink the final Le Moyne lead to only 13 points, 76-63.
Neither team enjoyed a major statistical advantage but Le Moyne secured the victory with 23 points off of 17 Hawks turnovers. The Dolphins bench also was responsible for 23 of their 76 total points and the Saint Anselm reserves only chipped in with five points.
Seven players scored nine points or more for Le Moyne, led by senior guard Anthony Richards and his 13 total points.