In all likelihood, the Saint Anselm College men’s basketball team won enough games this season to qualify for the NCAA Division II tournament.
But Sunday didn’t help the Hawks’ resume.
Saint Anselm fell behind in the first half, trailed by as many as 17 points in the second half and never recovered in a 97-87 upset loss to Southern Connecticut State in a Northeast-10 Conference quarterfinal contest in Goffstown.
Saint Anselm (22-5 overall) was the top seed from the Northeast Division, Southern Connecticut the fourth seed from the conference Southwest Division. The Owls (19-11 overall) advanced to play a semifinal game Wednesday at New Haven.
The Hawks’ leading scorer, Tim Guers, poured in 31 points on Sunday and teammate Cody Ball, of Londonderry, added 15. Chris Paul also scored 15.
Five players reached double figures for Southern Connecticut, led by C.J. Seaforth and Kealan Ives with 25 points each.
Saint Anselm 85, Adelphi 81: In an NE-10 quarterfinal in Garden City, N.Y., Shannon Ryan had a monster game with 29 points and 21 rebounds to lead the Hawks.
The Hawks (19-11) moved on to play top seed Bentley in a league semifinal on Thursday night in Waltham, Mass.
Saint Anselm outrebounded Adelphi 53-35.
Grace Gauchione added 18 points and nine rebounds off the bench for the Hawks and Durham’s Sara Messler contributed 13 points.