MANCHESTER, N.H. – Sophomore Roy Mabrey (Belmar, N.J.) led all scorers with 24 points and junior Dino Mallios (Winthrop, Mass.) rang up his fourth double-double of the season as the Saint Anselm College men's basketball team posted an 80-67 victory against Le Moyne College on Saturday afternoon at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
The Hawks, who continue to receive votes in the latest NABC Division II poll, win for the 12th time in the last 14 games to improve to 14-3 on the season, including 10-3 in Northeast-10 play. That matches the best start for Saint Anselm since the 2010-11 season and is one win shy of the 1995-96 start. The Dolphins sink to 8-9, 5-8 NE-10.
Saint Anselm drained 18 3-pointers in the contest, which is the second most in program history behind the 20 it hit against Quinnipiac on Jan. 25, 1994.
Mabrey was 9 of 21 from the field and 6 of 15 from behind the line, but had a handful of shots that were halfway down and rattled out. The six treys match a career best and it was just the second time all season that Mabrey did not make it to the free throw line. He added three rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals. Mallios scored 12 points (4-5 FG; 2-3 3-FG; 2-2 FT), handed out a career-best 14 helpers and made four steals.
Junior John Nielsen (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) poured in 18 points – one shy of his career high – on 6 of 10 shooting. All six field goals were 3-pointers, which set a career best in that category. Freshman Mike McCahey (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) was also in double figures with 15 points (6-14 FG; 3-8 3-FG) to go along with a career-high five assists, three rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
The Hawks raced out to a 17-2 lead at the 13:43 mark – highlighted by 3-pointers from senior James Morse (Arundel, Maine), Mallios and Mabrey – as all five starters had at least one basket. A Connor Mahoney layup halted the run, but treys from Nielsen and Mabrey gave Saint Anselm its largest lead of the afternoon at 23-4 with 11:39 remaining in the opening half.
A Qwadere Lovell jumper and a three-point play from Ryan Romich trimmed the Le Moyne deficit to 14, but another Nielsen 3 brought the score to 26-9 at the 10:28 mark. The lead fluctuated between 14 and 17 over the next six-plus minutes before an 8-0 run pulled the Dolphins within nine at 33-24. Mallios' basket just before time expired sent the Hawks into the break with a 35-24 lead.
As they were most of the contest, the Dolphins began the second half trading 2s for 3s as Mabrey answered jumpers by Romich and Lovell with treys that widened the gap to 41-28 just 50 second in. After a Jim Janson tip-in, layups by Mabrey and junior Dominic Borelli (Westbrook, Maine) pushed the lead to 15 at 45-30 at the 18:06 mark.
A 5-0 spurt cut it to 10, but the Hawks would get it back to 15 later in the half on layups by Mabrey and fellow sophomore Chris Santo (Cherry Hill, N.J.). Le Moyne hit back with a 6-0 run that sliced the deficit to 58-49 midway through the stanza, but consecutive 3s from Nielsen and Mabrey made it a 15-point game once again.
After another Nielsen trey made it 69-53 at the 7:32 mark, a 3 from Mahoney and a layup by Janson whittled it back to 11. With the margin still at 11 nearly two minutes later, a deep straightaway 3 from Mallios made it 77-63 before McCahey answered a pair of Mahoney free throws that pushed it to 80-65.
Borelli chipped in with six points and seven boards.
Le Moyne outshot Saint Anselm, 54.7 percent (29-53) to 50 percent (30-60), while the Hawks slightly edged the Dolphins from long range, 47.4 percent (18-38) to 44.4 percent (4-9). Le Moyne controlled the glass (37-18) and the paint (42-18), but committed 22 turnovers, while Saint Anselm turned it over just nine times for a 25-6 advantage in points off turnovers.
Janson led Le Moyne with 23 points and eight rebounds.
The Hawks return to action Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. when they play host to the University of New Haven 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).