GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – Freshman Mike McCahey (Clarkstown, N.Y.) poured in a career-high 28 points to lead four Hawks in double figures as the 22nd-ranked Saint Anselm College men's basketball team earned an 84-65 win against Adelphi University on Saturday afternoon at the Center for Recreation and Sport.
The Hawks win for the 14th time in the last 16 games, including their four straight, to improve to 16-3 on the season and 12-3 in Northeast-10 play. That is the best start for Saint Anselm since it went 17-2 to kick off the 1995-96 season. The Panthers drop to 10-11, 7-8 NE-10.
McCahey started 2 of 5 and finished 9 of 11 to post a career-best 11 fields goals. He was 2-for-4 from deep and 4-for-5 at the line, while corralling eight rebounds. Sophomore Roy Mabrey (Belmar, N.J.) provided good support with 19 points (5-12 FG; 2-5 3-FG; 7-7 FT), four rebounds and two steals. Sophomore Chris Santo (Cherry Hill, N.J.) registered 17 points (5-7 FG; 7-9 FT), six boards and a pair of assists in just 20 minutes off the bench, while junior John Nielsen (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) added 14 (6-11 FG; 2-5 3-FG) in 20 minutes off the pine.
Adelphi began the game on an 11-4 run that featured six points from Bradley Simpson, but the Hawks returned the favor with an 11-2 stretch – with five points from McCahey – that gave them a 15-13 edge with 11:12 remaining in the opening half.
After Anthony Libroia knotted the game with a layup nine seconds later, a layup by Santo sparked a 16-2 run that featured 13 straight to start it. Santo then knocked down a 15-foot jumper before Nielsen drilled a 3 from the left corner to make it 22-15 at the 9:17 mark.
Santo made one of two at the line and Mabrey converted a three-point play to widen the gap to 11. A McCahey layup capped the 13-0 portion of the run, but after a Sean Crawford jumper, Mabrey knocked down a triple from the top of the key to make it 31-17 with 3:57 to play.
Travis Jordan answered with a 3 from the left wing, but the Hawks hit back with a 7-0 spurt that featured six points from McCahey. John Calarco rattled home a runner as time expired to cut the Adelphi deficit to 38-22 at the half. Saint Anselm improved to 13-0 when holding a halftime lead.
McCahey led all scorers with 15 at the break.
Adelphi began the second half on a 7-3 run, but Saint Anselm responded with an 11-3 stretch – highlighted by five points from Santo – to open up a 52-32 lead with 13:23 remaining. Another 7-3 spurt from the Panthers cut it to 16, but seven points from Nielsen powered a 12-3 run that gave the Hawks their largest lead of the game at 67-42 at the 9:18 mark.
A pair of Calarco treys helped make up a 9-2 Adelphi stretch that trimmed its deficit to 69-51 with 7:01 left, but the Panthers would not get closer than 16 the rest of the way.
Saint Anselm outshot Adelphi, 48.4 percent (30-62) to 42.9 percent (24-56), while the Panthers returned the favor from beyond the arc, 42.9 percent (9-21) to 37.5 percent (6-16). The Hawks held a 37-29 advantage on the glass and outscored the Panthers in the paint, 36-24. Saint Anselm turned the ball over 12 times and forced 19 Adelphi turnovers for a 22-10 margin in points off turnovers.
Calarco led Adelphi with 15 points.
The Hawks return to action Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. when they take on cross-town rival Southern New Hampshire University. The next home game for the Hawks is Saturday, Feb. 9 at 3:30 p.m. when they play host to Bentley University 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).