Santo’s 21 Off Bench Sparks Men's Hoop in 88-78 Win at Saint Rose

ALBANY, N.Y. – Sophomore Chris Santo (Cherry Hill, N.J.) poured in a career-high 21 points to lead five Hawks in double figures as the Saint Anselm College men's basketball team captured an 88-78 victory against the College of Saint Rose on Wednesday evening at Nolan Gymnasium.

The Hawks, who have won eight of nine, including five straight, bump their record to 10-2 on the season and 6-2 in Northeast-10 play. The Golden Knights dip to 7-5, 4-4 NE-10.

Santo was 6-for-11 from the floor and a perfect 9-for-9 at the stripe, while tallying five rebounds, three steals, two blocks and two assists.

Freshman Mike McCahey (Clarkstown, N.Y.) was in double figures for the eighth straight game as he scored 17 points to go along with eight boards and a pair of assists. Sophomore Roy Mabrey (Belmar, N.J.) extended his double-digit scoring streak to 11 games with 15 points on 5 of 10 shooting. Mabrey also added five rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Junior Dino Mallios (Winthrop, Mass.) netted 11 points on 5 of 7 shooting and handed out nine assists, pulled in four rebounds and made two steals. Mallios has amassed 29 helpers over his last three games. Classmate Dominic Borelli (Westbrook, Maine) also chipped in 11 points with a 5-for-6 shooting performance.

The game was tied at six in the early going when senior James Morse (Arundel, Maine) knocked down a 3-pointer to give Saint Anselm the 9-6 lead with 15:34 remaining in the opening half. After a Dominykas Milka layup cut it to one, Mabrey converted an old fashioned three-point play to put the Hawks on top, 12-8, at the 14:47 mark.

The lead was still four over two minutes later when consecutive 3s by Mallios and McCahey, followed by a Mabrey layup, grew the Saint Anselm lead to 26-14 with 11:14 to go. The margin fluctuated between 10 and 14 for the remainder of the half, with the Hawks eventually taking a 45-33 lead into the break.

Santo and Mabrey had 13 and 10, respectively, at halftime.

The gap again floated between 10 and 14 for the first three-plus minutes of the second half before the Hawks used an 11-0 run to take the lead from 11 to 22. A jumper by junior John Nielsen (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) sparked the run before baskets by Santo and Mabrey ballooned the gap to 17. Two free throws from Santo and one from Mabrey pushed the lead to 20 before a Santo layup with 13:30 remaining brought the score to 65-43.

After the teams traded baskets, four different scorers helped the Golden Knights craft a 9-0 run that trimmed the Saint Anselm lead to 67-54 with 9:07 left to play. Two Mallios layups sandwiched around a Borelli basket halted the run before freshman Victor Joshua (New Haven, Conn.) made one of two at the line to run the lead back to 20 at 78-58 with 6:05 to go.

A 6-0 Saint Rose run sliced the deficit to 14 at the 4:41 mark. The Golden Knights still trailed by 14 two-and-a-half minutes later when a pair of baskets by Andre Pope and a Kareem Thomas layup cut it to 86-78 with 1:03 on the clock. Mabrey iced it with a pair of free throws that closed the scoring with 37 seconds remaining.

Morse and Joshua each netted five points.

Saint Anselm outshot Saint Rose, 56.4 percent (31-55) to 52.4 percent (33-63), including 30.8 percent (4-13) to 16.7 percent (2-12). The Hawks held a slight edge on the glass, 29-28, while the Golden Knights won the battle in the paint, 52-40. Saint Anselm turned the ball over 16 times, while forcing 15 turnovers, but owned an 18-12 advantage in points off turnovers.

Milka led all scorers with 26 points.

The Hawks return to action 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 (