Hawks soar to pair of hoop victories over American International and Pace

Eli Fish, Crier staff

The Saint Anselm Hawks rallied behind a big performance from Cody Ball and pulled away en route to a 90-78 Northeast 10 Conference victory over the Yellow Jackets of American International College this past Saturday in Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.

Although the Hawks have seen a recent decline in their play since their scorching hot start to the season, they were able to rebound against the Yellow Jackets. After taking a ten point lead late in the first half, the Hawks never looked back and rolled to a comfortable victory.

Senior guard Cody Ball led the Hawks with one of his most efficient games of the season. He dropped in 25 points on 9-13 FG, 5-7 3PTFG, 2-2 FT, and corralled eight rebounds while adding three assists. Senior guard Tim Guers contributed with an all-around performance that included 22 points, seven rebounds, and 11 assists.

The Hawks, who are known for scarcely using their bench players, received production from sophomore forward Alonzo Jackson (four points, seven rebounds, and four blocks) and freshman guard Miles Tention (nine points, 3-3 3PTFG).

The Hawks as a team shot 57% from the field and 63% from downtown compared to the Yellow Jackets who shot 41% from the field and 32% from beyond the arc.

The Yellow Jackets were led by freshman guard Isaiah Salter whose 26 points and six three-pointers were both season highs. Junior forward Zekiah Owens also added 20 points and seven rebounds.

The team followed up the victory with another win Wednesday night at home against Pace University. Guers and Ball combined for 39 points, to lead their team to the 73-62 victory. Jackson once again contributed to the win posting 12 points off the bench.

After the pair of wins the Hawks move to 15-2 on the season and 11-1 in the NE10 to maintain their top spot in the conference standings. They will look to improve upon their record when Le Moyne College visits the hilltop Saturday.