NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Sophomore Roy Mabrey (Belmar, N.J.) and freshman Mike McCahey (Clarkstown, N.Y.) combined for 42 points to lead the Saint Anselm College men's basketball team past Southern Connecticut State University, 83-80, Wednesday evening at the Moore Field House.
The Hawks, who continue to receive votes in the latest NABC Division II poll, win for the 11th time in the last 13 games to improve to 13-3 on the season, including 9-3 in Northeast-10 play. The Owls fall to 10-6, 7-5 NE-10.
Mabrey scored a game-high 22 points on 5 of 11 shooting from the field, including 4 of 7 shooting beyond the arc, and 8 of 9 shooting at the stripe. McCahey pumped in 20 points (8-14 FG; 3-5 3-FG; 1-3 FT) and ripped down nine rebounds. Sophomore Chris Santo (Cherry Hill, N.J.) was also in double figures with 15 points (6-10 FG; 1-1 3-FG; 2-2 FT) to go along with five boards.
In a first half that saw nine ties and 10 lead changes, the Hawks finally grabbed some breathing room when a layup by junior Dino Mallios (Winthrop, Mass.) and free throws from Mabrey made it 29-25 with 4:31 remaining in the opening half.
Southern Connecticut answered back with an 8-0 run, which was sparked by a Trevon Hamlet 3-pointer, that gave it a 33-29 advantage with 2:32 left. McCahey buried a 3 just 11 seconds later to make it a one-point game and after the teams traded baskets, freshman Victor Joshua (New Haven, Conn.) dropped in a layup with 42 seconds left to send the Hawks into the break with a 36-35 lead.
That bucket gave the Hawks the lead for good and kicked off a 9-2 run – with five points from McCahey – that extended into the second half and widened the gap to 43-37 in favor of the visitors with 17:19 left.
A couple of 3-pointers from Hamlet and Deshawn Murphy, sandwiching a McCahey layup, trimmed the Saint Anselm lead to a pair at 45-43 at the 16:32 mark. The margin was still two just over two minutes later when a McCahey trey and a Mabrey layup pushed the lead to 54-47 with 12:40 to go.
With the lead still seven a short time later, Mabrey converted a four-point play and Santo dropped in a layup to make it 64-51 with 10:30 to play. After a Hamlet jumper stopped the bleeding, three straight points from McCahey and a pair at the line from Santo gave the Hawks their largest lead of the night at 69-53 with 8:53 remaining.
The Owls halted the run and responded with a 10-2 stretch that sliced their deficit down to eight at 71-63 at the 6:15 mark. After the teams traded scores, Mabrey drilled a 3 to push the lead to 11, but a Tylon Smith layup and a Luke Houston 3-pointer brought Southern Connecticut within six at 76-70 with 3:43 to play.
The lead was seven when a 6-1 Southern Connecticut run – with four points from Smith – made it a two-point game at 80-78 with 36 ticks on the clock. Mabrey would make one of two at the line to make it 83-80 with six seconds left. The Owls would have one last chance, but Hamlet would miss a potential game-tying 3 as time expired.
Junior Dominic Borelli (Westbrook, Maine recorded eight points (3-7 FG; 2-2 FT), five boards and three assists. Mallios chipped in seven points, four assists and four steals, while Joshua added six points (3-6 FG), four steals and three rebounds. Senior James Morse (Arundel, Maine) tallied five points, five assists, four steals and four rebounds.
Southern Connecticut outshot Saint Anselm, 48.5 percent (32-66) to 45.5 percent (30-66), while the Hawks returned the favor from deep, 44.4 percent (8-18) to 31.6 percent (6-19). The Owls held a slight 41-37 edge on the glass, while points in the paint were even at 40 apiece. Saint Anselm, which turned the ball over just 12 times, capitalized on 16 Southern Connecticut turnovers for a 24-8 advantage in points off turnovers.
Hamlet scored 21 points to lead the Owls.
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