MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men's basketball team scored 21 of the game's first 25 points and never looked back, powering past Assumption College on Wednesday by a 97-78 margin at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
The Hawks improve to 8-5 overall on the season, winning the squad's fourth Northeast-10 Conference game of the 2019-20 season. The Greyhounds see a four-game winning streak come to an end, dropping to 8-5 overall and to 2-4 against the league.
Junior Gustav Suhr-Jessen (Virum, Denmark) reached a career-high mark with 25 points, making nine shots from the floor and posting 13 rebounds to complete the double-double. Sophomore Miles Tention (Palo Alto, Calif.) handed out a career-high eight assists, scoring 17 points, and junior Chris Paul (Highland Mills, N.Y.) had eight points with as many rebounds.
Freshman Tyler Arbuckle (Bristol, Conn.) scored 23 points. He now has scored at least 21 points in seven of his 13 career games played on the Hilltop. Senior Danny Evans (Leeds, United Kingdom) put home 12 points with five rebounds and four assists.
Tention fueled the Hawks' early dominance, scoring 10 of his team's first 21 points to build a commanding 17-point advantage before the midway point of the opening half. Assumption responded to cut the Hawks advantage to eight, but an Arbuckle trey with 10:35 to go in the first created a double-digit lead that held up throughout regulation.
The triple by Arbuckle sparked a 14-2 run that spanned less than three minutes, turning an eight point bulge into a commanding 20-point lead with 7:43 left in the first. The Hawks had 50 points at the half, leading by a 21-point margin on the way to the squad's highest point total in regulation this season.
Assumption, led by 17 points off the bench from Saxon Thompson, outscored the Hawks in the second half, but the strong start for Saint Anselm held up. The Hawks punished the guests by scoring 20 points off turnovers while committing only six of their own.
Four of the Hawks next five games are on the road. Saint Anselm first heads to Pace this Saturday, Jan. 11 for a 3:30 p.m. showdown with the Setters, who began the year with 11 wins in their first 13 games played.