MANCHESTER, N.H. – Sophomore Roy Mabrey (Belmar, N.J.) led five Hawks in double figures with a game-high 26 points, and junior Dino Mallios (Winthrop, Mass.) and freshman Mike McCahey (Clarkstown, N.Y.) each recorded double-doubles to lead the Saint Anselm College men's basketball team to a 94-85 victory against Bloomfield College in non-conference action Sunday afternoon at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
The Hawks win for the sixth time in seven games, including their third straight, to improve to 8-2 on the season. The Deacons drop to 6-6.
Mabrey was 9-for-14 from the field, including 4-for-8 from deep, and a perfect 4-for-4 at the line, while matching his career high with seven assists, making three steals and pulling down a pair of rebounds. Mallios registered the first double-double of his career with 13 points and 10 assists. Mallios, who also tallied four steals and four rebounds, matched his career best in assists that he set against Bloomfield on Dec. 30, 2010. McCahey, meanwhile, posted 16 points and 13 boards as he shot 3 of 5 from behind the arc.
Sophomore Chris Santo (Cherry Hill, N.J.) added 12 points on 5 of 7 shooting, including 1 of 1 from downtown, to go along with three rebounds. Junior Dominic Borelli (Westbrook, Maine) was also in double figures with 10 points on 5 of 7 shooting, while pulling down five rebounds.
Bloomfield jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead before baskets by Mabrey and McCahey tied the game just 1:47 in. The Deacons re-gained their four-point lead at 9-5 before consecutive 3-pointers by Mabrey put the Hawks on top, 11-9, at the 16:02 mark.
After a Clarence White jumper tied the game at 11 with 15:19 remaining in the opening half, back-to-back baskets from Borelli and a trey from Mallios made up a 7-0 run that gave the Hawks an 18-11 advantage with 13:26 to play.
The lead was eight less than two minutes later when buckets from Mike Williams and Terry Hicks trimmed the Bloomfield deficit to four, but Mabrey answered with a layup and freshman Victor Joshua (New Haven, Conn.) followed with a 3-pointer from the left wing that made it a nine-point Saint Anselm lead at 26-17 midway through the period.
Bloomfield responded with a 10-0 run, however, and grabbed a 27-26 lead with 7:38 left in the half. After the teams traded baskets, the Hawks hit back with a 10-0 run of their own and led by nine again, 38-29, with 4:18 to play. Five different Hawks had a hand in the run as senior James Morse (Arundel, Maine), Santo, Mallios, Joshua and Mabrey each contributed a basket.
The lead was still nine at 45-36 when a Joshua layup and free throws by Joshua and Mallios closed the scoring and sent Saint Anselm into the break with a 49-36 lead.
Mabrey had 16 points at the half.
Borelli opened the second-half scoring with a layup 20 seconds in that ran the lead to 15. With the gap at 13 again two minutes later, baskets by Borelli and Morse gave Saint Anselm its largest lead of the afternoon at 58-41 with 17:19 remaining. Five straight points from Dondre Whitmore, however, slashed the Bloomfield deficit to 12 at the 16:32 mark.
With the gap still at 12 two minutes later, Mabrey buried a 3, but the Deacons responded with an 8-0 run that trimmed their deficit to seven at 63-56 with 12:46 left. After the teams traded baskets, Santo knocked down a trey to push the Saint Anselm lead to 10, but another 7-0 spurt from Bloomfield made it a three-point game at 68-65 midway through the second stanza.
McCahey then came up with a pair of big plays. On the ensuing possession he grabbed his own miss and drew the foul to get to the line where he sank both shots. Then after forcing a miss on the other end, the Hawks pushed the ball and Mallios found McCahey, who buried an open 3 to give Saint Anselm some breathing room at 73-65 with 9:11 on the clock.
The Deacons whittled their deficit down to five when McCahey drained another 3-pointer to push it back to eight. Marvin Williams answered with a 3 of his own, however, and Bloomfield was within 76-71 with 8:12 to go.
The Hawks led by six less than three minutes later when a McCahey layup and a three-point play from Mallios opened it up to 11 at 85-74 with 4:30 left. White made it an eight-point game with a 3 at the 1:53 mark, but Mabrey dropped in a layup to make it an even 10 at 90-80 with a minute and a half to play. Bloomfield would get as close as seven, but Mabrey made both of his free throws to close the scoring with 17 seconds left.
Joshua chipped in a career-best eight points on 3 of 4 shooting to go along with two assists and three rebounds. Morse tallied four points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals.
The Hawks outshot the Deacons, 50.7 percent (36-71) to 43.4 percent (33-76), including 45.8 percent (11-24) to 42.9 percent (9-21) from beyond the arc. Saint Anselm also held a 47-39 advantage on the glass and outscored Bloomfield, 48-38, in the paint.
Marvin Williams led the Deacons with 25 points.
The Hawks return to action Saturday, Jan. 5 at 3:30 p.m. when they take on Bentley University. The next home game for the Hawks is Saturday, Jan. 12 at 3:30 p.m. when they play host to American International College at Stoutenburgh. Stay up-to-date with the latest news, including game previews and recaps, directly from the Saint Anselm College athletic department by liking us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/STAHawks) and following us on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/STAHawks).