BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – The nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College men's basketball team was tripped up by the host Bears from Bloomfield College on Wednesday by a 75-67 score in a non-league contest.
Saint Anselm, ranked 14th in NCAA Division II by both the D2SIDA Media Poll and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, falls to 3-1 on the season. Bloomfield moves to 3-1 on the year with all three wins coming against Northeast-10 Conference programs (Saint Rose, Le Moyne, Saint Anselm).
Junior Gustav Suhr-Jessen (Virum, Denmark) recorded a double-double with 10 points and as many rebounds. Classmate Chris Paul (Highland Mills, N.Y.) scored 19 points to lead Saint Anselm, reaching 900 career points on the Hilltop.
Senior Danny Evans (Leeds, United Kingdom) tallied 17 points with five rebounds, matching his career-high in a Saint Anselm uniform. Freshman Matt Relihan (Lynnfield, Mass.) had nine points in 20 minutes off the bench. Sophomore Miles Tention (Palo Alto, Calif.) cashed in with a career-high eight rebounds.
Bloomfield captured a 19-11 lead with 11:55 to go in the first half following a Sol Lesham triple, but the Hawks responded with a 16-4 scoring run that was punctuated by a Relihan layup in the paint with 6:12 left in the opener.
The Bears stunned the Hawks with a 14-point scoring stretch, building their first double-digit lead with 36 seconds to go in the first half. Saint Anselm would not own the lead again in the contest as Bloomfield held off several Hawks attempts at a comeback.
Including two free throws with time expired in the first half, Evans sparked a strong start to the second half with a three-point basket only 1:32 into the second half. From there, another Evans trey shrunk the hosts lead to 46-44 with 11:30 to go, but the Hawks were unable to complete the comeback.
Ahead by 14 points with 5:29 left in regulation time, Bloomfield gave the Hawks a brief window to mount a comeback as the advantage was reduced to five points with 48 seconds to go. The Bears held onto the victory by outrebounding the Hawks in the second half, 19-to-15, and making north of 52% of their shots from the floor.
Safee Abdus-Sabur had 16 points in the second half alone, finishing with a game-high 29 points and 12 rebounds across 28 minutes of play. Matt Lajeunesse had 11 points and 11 defensive rebounds, throwing up two blocks in the victory.
The Hawks return to action this Saturday, Nov. 23 for a 3:30 p.m. contest against Franklin Pierce in Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.