MANCHESTER, N.H. – The nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College men's basketball team had three scorers log over 20 points en route to a 104-93 victory over Southern New Hampshire University in double overtime on Tuesday at the Stan Spirou Field House.
Winning back-to-back games in overtime for the first time since the 2005-06 season, Saint Anselm moves to 5-1 overall on the season and has won all three Northeast-10 Conference games played to date. The Hawks are ranked 19th in NCAA Division II by the NABC National Coaches' Poll and 22nd according to the D2SIDA National Media Poll.
Junior Chris Paul (Highland Mills, N.Y.) scored a career-high 29 points for the Hawks, recording 19 of those points at the free throw line. Setting a program record for free throws made on the road in one game, Paul also recorded 16 rebounds in his team's overtime win.
Freshman Tyler Arbuckle (Bristol, Conn.) scored 24 points and added four rebounds in the win with senior Danny Evans (Leeds, United Kingdom) tallying a career-high 21 points with nine rebounds. Junior Gustav Suhr-Jessen (Virum, Denmark) hauled in nine rebounds, scoring 16 points while handing out a team-leading four assists – he has reached 650 points across a 69-game career on the Hilltop.
Southern New Hampshire owned a 76-71 lead with 3:30 to go in regulation time, but Saint Anselm charged back in the remaining few minutes to force overtime. Down by one with 43 seconds left, sophomore Joey Belli (Wayne, N.J.) responded to the Penmen bucket by rolling in a layup with 29 seconds to go, creating an 80-79 lead for the Hawks.
Michael Almonacy stunned the Hawks with a four-point play, notching a go-ahead triple and pouring home the foul shot to create an 83-80 advantage with 18 ticks left on the second half scoreboard. Following a Hawks time out, the ball was inbounded to Arbuckle, who immediately drew the game even with a three-point basket with 13 seconds to go.
SNHU had a game-tying three attempt miss the mark, sending the Hawks and Penmen to overtime. The hosts built two leads of three points, but the Hawks stunned the hosts by finishing the game with 19 of the game's final 23 points. Paul had eight made free throws down the stretch and back-to-back triples from Arbuckle and Suhr-Jessen put the Hawks up for good early in overtime.
Saint Anselm went ahead by a 12-1 score in the first half, using three treys from Suhr-Jessen in the early goings. Back-to-back Paul layups in the paint pushed the Hawks lead to 13, but the Penmen came roaring back with 20 of the game's next 28 points to cut the SNHU deficit to 24-23. The Penmen trailed by only three points, 34-31, at halftime.
Southern New Hampshire held brief leads in the second half, but the Hawks were able to respond to each threat and keep the Penmen at arm's length until late in the stanza. With Jacari Sanders coming in off the bench for the home team and scoring 11 of his team's 16 points for a stretch, the Penmen stunned the Hawks and moved ahead with under five minutes to go in the contest, 76-71.
Sanders finished with 27 points for Southern New Hampshire, a career-high mark for the freshman. Shawn Montague scored 21 points with six rebounds as the Penmen featured five double-digit point scorers.