SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Junior Chris Paul (Highland Mills, N.Y.) of the Saint Anselm College men's basketball team picked up a double-double in his team's 77-68 loss at American International College on Tuesday.
Saint Anselm drops to 9-6 overall on the season and enters its next game on Saturday at home against Adelphi with a 5-3 record against Northeast-10 Conference foes. American International moves to 6-11 overall and to 3-5 versus the league.
Paul poured home 20 points with 11 rebounds in the defeat. Senior Danny Evans (Leeds, United Kingdom) tallied 17 points alongside six rebounds with sophomore Miles Tention (Palo Alto, Calif.) playing all 40 minutes, scoring 15 points with five rebounds and three steals.
Five points by junior Gustav Suhr-Jessen (Virum, Denmark) in the game's opening three-plus minutes put the Hawks ahead by a 7-4 margin in the early goings. American International took control from there, opening up a 13-point lead with 4:37 to go in the first half after scoring 23 of the game's next 30 points.
Back-to-back Paul layups sandwiched two free throws from Evans as a six-point scoring run by Saint Anselm cut the AIC lead to 27-20 with 2:58 left in the first half, but the hosts recreated a double-digit lead before the halftime break.
The Hawks would not go quietly, shrinking the American International lead to six points, 56-50, with 4:59 left in regulation time. On the next offensive possession for the Yellow Jackets, Jordan Vidal poured home a trey that provided momentum for the hosts.
Despite outscoring American International in the second half, the early first-half hole was too much to overcome. Paul and Evans combined for 31 of their team's second-half points, but AIC shot nearly 60% from the floor to keep the Hawks at arm's length.
The Hawks shot only 33.3% from the floor but did make eight shots from beyond the arc. The Yellow Jackets, led by Shyheim Hicks and his 17 points, dominated the paint (30-to-24) and enjoyed 24 points of production off the bench – Saint Anselm reserves combined for two points.
Saint Anselm welcomes Adelphi to Stoutenburgh Gymnasium this Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. showdown.