WEST HAVEN, Conn. – Four members of the Saint Anselm College men's basketball team recorded at least 16 points as the Hawks held on for an 80-79 victory over the University of New Haven on Wednesday.
Saint Anselm moves to 10-3 overall on the season, increasing its Northeast-10 Conference record to 6-2. New Haven sees its overall record evened at 6-6 while falling to 3-4 against league foes.
Junior Tim Guers led the Saint Anselm scoring effort with 19 points, picking up his team-leading fifth double-double of the season with 10 rebounds. Freshman Chris Paul equaled Guers' scoring output, setting career-high marks for single-game point scoring in each of his last two games. Senior Taylor Fortin and sophomore Cody Ball tallied 17 and 16 points, respectively.
With the Hawks down by one point, 74-73, with 4:22 left in regulation time, Saint Anselm and New Haven combined for only 12 additional points. The Hawks were able to eke out the victory with solid defense in the game's waning minutes, limiting New Haven to only 1-for-7 shooting from the floor while making three of its final five shots when it mattered the most.
Holding a slim one-point lead with six seconds to go, New Haven missed its final free throw and still managed to haul in the rebound. After a time out, Saint Anselm was able to foil the inbound attempt and escape Charger Gymnasium with the one-point conference victory.
After a quick 5-1 start for the host Chargers, neither team had more than a three-point lead until a five-point scoring burst for New Haven created a 17-11 lead only 5:56 into the contest. Ball and Fortin poured home three-point baskets for the Hawks shortly thereafter, trimming the lead to 21-20 in the span of only 1:26.
Rebounding from a four-point deficit with 9:22 left in the opening half, a three-pointer by freshman Gustav Suhr-Jessen sparked a 12-7 scoring run that saw the Hawks take only their second lead of the game with 5:08 left before halftime. Suhr-Jessen's second free throw capped a five-point scoring run that ended up erasing a four-point deficit.
Both teams battled down the stretch and saw the score tied at 45 heading into halftime. New Haven shot nearly 59% from the floor (18-for-31) in the first 20 minutes, but the Hawks scored 12 points off of eight Chargers turnovers and potted nine second-chance points.
Saint Anselm would not lead again until 5:24 into the second half when Paul, Guers and Fortin made three-straight layups to elevate the visitors to a 56-54 lead. A seven-point run by New Haven flipped the lead back to the Chargers with 7:44 to go in regulation time, but Saint Anselm made its move down the stretch to capture the victory.
Danny Upchurch led New Haven with 21 points and six assists.