MANCHESTER, N.H. – The nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College men's basketball team cruised past the Gaiters from Bishop's University on Saturday in exhibition play. The Hawks came away with a 91-63 victory in Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
Ranked 21st in NCAA Division II according to the most recent National Association of Basketball Coaches poll, the Hawks officially open their season on Friday, Nov. 8, taking on Concordia (N.Y.) on the campus of Bentley University.
Saint Anselm was led by freshman Tyler Arbuckle (Bristol, Conn.) and his 26 points off of a 10-for-17 shooting performance from the floor. Junior Chris Paul (Highland Mills, N.Y.) cashed in with 25 points, not missing any of his 11 field goal attempts, with classmate Gustav Suhr-Jessen (Virum, Denmark) logging 10 rebounds and nine points.
Senior Danny Evans (Leeds, United Kingdom) had 15 points, eight assists, six rebounds and four steals in his team's victory. Sophomore Miles Tention (Palo Alto, Calif.) was responsible for eight points, five assists and a team-best five steals.
Saint Anselm opened up a dominant 17-3 scoring run through the game's first 7:44 and never looked back, creating a game-high lead of 43 points with 16:11 to go in the contest. In total, 48 of the Hawks 91 points were scored in the paint and 31 of the total points were recorded off of Gaiters' turnovers.
Joany Castor Thadal led Bishop's with 20 points, pouring home six triples. Ibrahim Ngom had 12 points in the losing effort.