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Men's Basketball: Hawks show balance in rout of Owls

Special to the Union Leader

January 09. 2018 11:36PM

GOFFSTOWN — The St. Anselm men’s basketball team can score by the dozen. Allow six players to reach double figures and it’s going to be a bad night, as the Southern Connecticut State Owls learned the hard way.

Down eight early in the first half, the Hawks found holes in the Owls defense and turned the game around by halftime on the way to a 93-69 victory at Stoutenburgh Gym.

“I’m extremely happy with our effort,” said St. Anselm coach Keith Dickson, whose team improved to 8-2 in the Northeast-10 Conference, 12-3 overall. “We got a lot of production from other people, which is what we need.”

The Owls (4-5, 7-7) led 13-5 before the Hawks started hitting from seemingly everywhere. By halftime St. Anselm led 53-33 and stayed on the gas the pedal throughout the second half.

Junior guard Tim Guers did it all for the Hawks in the opening 20 minutes. He had all of his 18 points, as well as seven rebounds, in the first half. Guers, coming off a 41-point effort in Saturday’s win over Adelphi, finished with nine rebounds and six assists to fill out the stat sheet.

Guers’ backcourt mate, senior captain Taylor Fortin, looked the part from start to finish. Fortin had team-highs with 19 points and 11 assists. Junior guard and Londonderry resident Cody Ball had 15 points as well.

“I think Tim Guers is the best player in the league,” Fortin said. “It’s great to be his point guard. He makes my job easy.”

The continuing growth of freshman forwards Chris Paul, Spencer Cline and Gustav Suhr-Jessen was on display as well. Paul, who has started every game this season for the Hawks along with Suhr-Jessen, bested his season averages with 13 points and eight rebounds.

Suhr-Jessen had 13 points and five rebounds while Cline had a career-high 10 points off the bench.

“I think Chris Paul came out gangbusters,” Dickson said. “I thought that was (Suhr-Jessen’s) best game in a while. The forwards have done a good job of staying out of foul trouble so we haven’t needed Spencer. In the end, we’re going to need that fourth guy and he came in and didn’t even blink.”

Junior guard Isaiah McLeod had a game-high 28 points for the Owls but it wasn’t nearly enough to stop the endless array of Hawks scorers.