WALTHAM, Mass. – Freshman Mike McCahey (Clarkstown, N.Y.) scored 19 points to lead four Hawks in double figures and junior Dino Mallios (Winthrop, Mass.) posted his second straight double-double as the Saint Anselm College men's basketball team recorded a 78-69 victory against Bentley University on Saturday afternoon at the Dana Center.
The Hawks win for the seventh time in eight games, including their fourth straight, to improve to 9-2 on the season and 5-2 in Northeast-10 play. The Falcons dip to 5-6, 3-4 NE-10.
McCahey was 7 of 13 from the floor, including 4 of 7 from long range, and 1 of 1 at the stripe, while registering seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks. One game after producing the first double-double of his career, Mallios netted 11 points and matched his career high with 10 assists against the Falcons. The co-captain shot 4-for-7 from the field, including 1-for-2 from deep, to go along with three steals and two rebounds.
With the game tied at five, back-to-back baskets from Andrew Shaw gave Bentley a 9-5 lead with 14:47 remaining in the opening half. McCahey drilled a 3-pointer nine seconds later and Saint Anselm was within one.
After Tyler McFarland made one of two at the line, consecutive buckets from Santo and Mallios, followed by a 3 from junior John Nielsen (Port Jefferson, N.Y.), put the Hawks on top, 15-10, at the 10:58 mark. The two teams then traded baskets before Santo reeled off five straight points and senior James Morse (Arundel, Maine) followed with a 3-pointer that gave Saint Anselm a 25-12 advantage with 6:44 to go.
With the lead 11 at 27-16 just over a minute-and-a-half later, Bentley used an 8-0 run – with five points from McFarland – to climb back into the contest and make it a three-point game at 27-24 with 2:06 remaining.
McCahey halted the run by taking a feed from Mabrey, throwing down a dunk and drawing a foul in the process. He then stepped to the line and converted the three-point play that put the Hawks up six. Shaw answered the play with a 3-pointer, but back-to-back treys from Mallios and McCahey, followed by a Mallios layup as time expired, sent Saint Anselm into the break with a 38-27 lead.
McCahey and Santo had 11 and nine, respectively, at the half.
Mallios kicked off the second half the way he ended the first – by dropping in a layup – to widen the gap to 13 just eight seconds in. The lead then fluctuated between 11 and nine over the next six-plus minutes before a McCahey layup made it 54-41 at the 13:23 mark. After a J.P. Koury layup cut it back to 11, Nielsen knocked down another trey and the Hawks had their largest lead of the afternoon at 57-43 with 12:50 left to play.
After the teams traded hoops, a 9-0 Bentley run – with five more from Shaw – trimmed the Hawks' lead to 59-54 with 8:44 remaining. McCahey once again came up with a big shot, stopping the bleeding with a trifecta before Junior Dominic Borelli (Westbrook, Maine) converted a layup that nudged the lead to 64-54 with 7:04 to go.
Jasper Grassa hit a jumper, but another McCahey 3 and a Santo layup gave the Hawks a 69-56 advantage with 5:01 on the clock. Shaw would not let Bentley go quietly, however, as he nailed a 3-pointer before Koury converted a three-point play that sliced the deficit to seven with 4:15 left.
A Borelli layup and a Mabrey free throw pushed it back to 10, but a Mike Topercer layup and a Grassa trey brought it back to five at 72-67 with just 1:42 to play. Borelli answered the bell, however, dropping in a pair of layups that made it a nine-point game with 1:11 to go. Grassa sank a pair at the line to cut it to 69-76 with 21 seconds left, but Mabrey answered with a pair of his own to ice it two seconds later.
Borelli chipped in eight points on 4 of 10 shooting to go along with four boards. Morse recorded seven points, seven rebounds and a pair of assists, while Nielsen chipped in six points and two assists.
The Hawks outshot the Falcons, 47.6 percent (30-63) to 44.6 percent (29-65), including 45 percent (9-20) to 25 percent (4-16) from beyond the arc. Bentley held a 42-34 advantage in the paint and a 39-34 edge on the glass, while Saint Anselm turned the ball over 14 times and forced 16 turnovers.
Shaw led Bentley with a career-high 23 points.
The Hawks return to action Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m. when they travel to take on the College of Saint Rose. 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 Gymnasium. 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).