MANCHESTER, N.H. – Sophomore Roy Mabrey (Belmar, N.J.) poured in a game-high 25 points to lead six Hawks in double figures and head coach Keith Dickson won the 500th game of his career as the Saint Anselm College men's basketball team posted a convincing 101-54 victory against Pace University on Tuesday evening at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
The Hawks, who are receiving votes in the latest NABC Division II Poll, have now won 10 of their last 11, including seven straight, and improve to 12-2 on the season, including 9-2 in Northeast-10 play. Saint Anselm, which matched a season high with the 101 points, handed out 30 assists on 37 baskets – the fifth highest number of assists in program history and the most since the Hawks tallied 31 helpers at home against Merrimack College on Jan. 11, 1996. The Setters drop to 7-7, 4-6 NE-10.
Dickson, in his 27th year as a head coach – all at Saint Anselm – becomes the 16th coach ever to reach the 500-win plateau and is currently seventh amongst active coaches in all-time victories. With a record of 500-280 for a winning percentage of .641, Dickson is the program's all-time winningest coach – both in total wins and percentage.
Mabrey, who had 21 points just 11:51 into the contest, shot 10 of 15 from the field, including 2 of 5 from deep, and a perfect 3 of 3 at the line. Mabrey also tallied five assists, three steals and two rebounds in his second lowest minute total of the season – 32.
Freshman Mike McCahey (Clarkstown, N.Y.) scored 17 points (6-10 FG; 3-6 3-FG) to go along with nine rebounds. Sophomore Chris Santo (Cherry Hill, N.J.) added 13 points (6-9 FG) and eight boards off the bench.
Junior John Nielsen (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) netted 11 points (4-7 FG; 3-5 3-FG) and handed out three assists. Classmate Dino Mallios (Winthrop, Mass.) rang up 10 points as he shot 2 of 4 from the field and 6 of 7 at the line, while recording seven assists and a pair of steals. Sophomore Mark Schulze (Townsend, Mass.) chipped in a career-high 10 points on a perfect 3 of 3 shooting from the field, including 2 of 2 from distance, and 2 of 2 at the stripe, while dishing a pair of assists in just six minutes.
The Hawks came out of the gate looking like a team that had one thing in mind – getting their coach his 500th career victory. Saint Anselm jumped out to a 13-2 lead behind nine points from Mabrey just 3:45 into the contest. After the teams traded baskets, a Mallios free throw and a Mabrey 3-pointer pushed the lead to 19-4 at the 14:48 mark.
Pace responded with a 13-2 run that trimmed the Saint Anselm deficit to just four at the 10:24 mark, but Saint Anselm grabbed hold of the contest for good with an 11-0 run that featured nine points from Mabrey and opened the lead to 32-17 with 8:09 remaining in the opening half.
The Setters had shaved the deficit to 13 when a 3 from freshman Victor Joshua (New Haven, Conn.) and a three-point play from McCahey gave the Hawks their largest lead of the half at 40-21 with 5:08 left. Pace would get within 15 near the end of the half, but Nielsen closed the scoring with a trifecta at the 1:22 mark that sent Saint Anselm into the locker room with a 48-30 advantage.
McCahey opened the second-half scoring with one of two at the line before Keon Williams followed with a layup to make it a 17-point game. Mallios then found Nielsen, who buried a 3 to put the Hawks up an even 20 at 52-32 just 42 seconds in.
The lead was 20 nearly three minutes later when a 6-0 spurt – with five points from Santo – widened the gap to 26 at 64-38 with 14:46 to play. Two straight 3s from McCahey later in the half sparked a 21-3 run that ballooned the margin to 42 at 89-47 with 4:42 on the clock. McCahey netted nine points during the stretch.
Pace would get within 40 at 94-54 with 2:38 left, but Schulze scored the final seven points of the game, including a deep 2 from the left wing with 15 seconds left that closed the scoring and put the Hawks over the century mark.
Joshua added eight points (3-3 FG; 2-2 3-FG), a career-high four assists, two rebounds, a block and a steal.
The Hawks outshot Pace, 64.9 percent (37-57) to 35.6 percent (21-59), including 52 percent (13-25) to 18.8 percent (3-16) from deep and 76.9 percent (20-26) to 27.3 percent (9-33) in the second stanza. Saint Anselm held a commanding 40-24 advantage in the paint and won the battle on the glass, 34-28. The Hawks also turned the ball over just 12 times, while forcing 16 Pace turnovers, which led to a 22-6 advantage in points off turnovers.
Denzel Primus-Devonish led Pace with 13 points, while Jonathan Merceus added 12.
The Hawks return to action Saturday, Jan. 19 at 3:30 p.m. when they battle Assumption College in a battle for first place in the Northeast-10 standings at Laska Gymnasium. The next home game for the Hawks is Saturday, Jan. 26 at 3:30 p.m. when they play host to Le Moyne 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).