Men’s Hoop Rings in New Year with 78-69 Win at Bentley

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.

Sophomore Roy Mabrey (Belmar, N.J.) tallied 14 points, four rebounds and four assists, while classmate Chris Santo (Cherry Hill, N.J.) added 13 points on 6 of 9 shooting off the bench.

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 ( and following us on Twitter (