Worcester, Mass. -- A late 23-10 run over the final 5:47 of the game helped Assumption to overcome a late five-point deficit as the Greyhounds knocked off No. 25 ranked Saint Anselm by a 72-64 final on Tuesday night at Laska Gym.
Assumption controlled the pace from the opening tip as the Greyhounds led 7-0 after a layup by Tobin Haase (Southold, N.Y./Ridgewood) just 2:53 into the game. Keeping the offensive pressure on, the Greyhounds hit three straight three-pointers to push the lead to 16-4 before Jack Keough ended the scoring run for the Hawks. The advantage quickly went back to double figures though and after three straight layups midway thru the half, Assumption led 28-11 and forced Saint Anselm to call a timeout. The Hawks closed the first period on a 13-5 run though, including a corner three-pointer from Thomas Baudinet, to make it a 33-24 score at the halftime break. Tim Beinert (Bellerose Village, N.Y./Holy Cross) led Assumption with nine points, while Baudinet led all scorers with 11 points for the half.
Saint Anselm came alive in the second half with a 21-6 run over the first 7:15 of the period and took its biggest lead of the game at 45-38. Cory Schmidt (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) ended the run with three quick points and tied the game at 47-47 on a hard layup by Haase. A pair of Haase free throws with 7:43 left gave the Greyhounds the lead again moments later, but that was short lived as Saint Anselm regained the advantage and made it a 54-49 score following a reverse layup from Dino Mallios.
Assumption struck back with a decisive run over the final 5:47 though, holding Saint Anselm to just one field goal over the rest of the half in the win. The Greyhounds took the lead for good on a runner in the lane from senior Mike Baldarelli (Sutton, Mass./Holy Name) and quickly pushed it to a five-point advantage at 61-56. The Greyhounds knocked down 10 free throws over the final minute to wrap up the eight-point victory.
Four Greyhounds were in double figures, led by 14 points each from Baldarelli and Ronson Quick (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee). Baudinet led the Hawks with 22 points, along with 17 points from Allen Harris as four Saint Anselm players finished in double figures.
With the win, Assumption improves to 10-10 overall and 7-7 in Northeast-10 play, while Saint Anselm falls to 14-4 overall and 10-4 in the league.
The Greyhounds are back in action on Saturday, January 29th as the team travels to Manchester, N.H. to take on Southern New Hampshire University in a 3:30 p.m. start.