MANCHESTER, N.H. – Sophomore Mike McCahey (Clarkstown, N.Y.) poured in a game-high 21 points and senior Dino Mallios (Winthrop, Mass.) flirted with a triple-double as the Saint Anselm College men's basketball team posted an 83-75 win against in-city rival Southern New Hampshire University on Saturday afternoon in front of a national television audience and a sold-out crowd of 1,011 fans at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
The Hawks win for the seventh time in nine games to improve to 14-6 on the season, including 12-4 in Northeast-10 play, while the Penmen drop to 11-9, 8-8 NE-10. The win marked head coach Keith Dickson's 525th career victory, including the 29th all-time against SNHU.
McCahey, who scored 16 of his points in the second half, shot 6-for-13 from the floor, including 4-for-7 from beyond the arc, and 5-for-7 at the line, while collecting eight rebounds. Mallios tallied 15 points (5-11 FG; 1-1 3-FG; 4-4 FT), a career-high tying eight rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and two steals. Junior Chris Santo (Cherry Hill, N.J.) also scored 15 points (6-12 FG; 3-3 FT) and classmate Roy Mabrey (Belmar, N.J.) notched 12 points (4-10 FG; 1-5 3-FG; 3-3 FT), six boards and three assists.
Elijah Bonsignore paced SNHU with 15 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks, while Rodney Sanders and Aleksandar Dobrovic added 14 and 13 points, respectively.
After the Penmen jumped out to an early 5-2 lead, the Hawks bounced back with a balanced 14-1 run that featured at least two points from five different scorers and gave the hosts a 16-6 advantage with 11:10 remaining in the opening half.
With the margin still at 10 more than two minutes later, a steal and dunk by Bonsignore woke the Penmen, who used it to spark a 14-0 run that put them back on top, 23-19, with 6:32 on the clock. The Hawks would close to within one on two occasions – the second coming on a McCahey trey with 2:37 left – but a Bonsignore ucket closed the scoring with 1:15 to go and sent SNHU into the break with a 32-29 edge.
Saint Anselm stormed out of the locker room on a 20-2 binge that was fueled by 14 points from McCahey, who buried three trifectas during the stretch, and put the Hawks in front by their largest margin of the day, 49-34 just 5:18 into the second frame.
A Bonsignore three-point play kicked off a 10-3 SNHU run, but a 9-0 counter run from the Hawks – with four points coming from Mallios – extended the Saint Anselm lead back to 61-47 with 11:18 to go.
The Penmen would not go quietly, however, as a 13-2 blitz – with six points from CJ Marriro – sliced their deficit to just three at 68-65 with 5:04 left. A Mabrey jumper stopped the bleeding and set off a 13-4 run that put the game away at 81-69 with 1:08 to play.
Senior John Nielsen (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) scored nine points (3-9 FG; 3-8 3-FG), pulled in three rebounds and blocked a pair of shots. Sophomore Victor Joshua (New Haven, Conn.) chipped in six points (3-4 FG), three rebounds and two blocks off the bench, while senior Dominic Borelli (Westbrook, Maine) kicked in five points (2-4 FG; 1-1 FT) and five boards.
Saint Anselm outshot Southern New Hampshire, 46 percent (29-63) to 40.8 percent (29-71), including 42.9 percent (9-21) to 38.9 percent (7-18) from long distance. The Hawks, who also held an 80 percent (16-20) to 58.8 percent (10-17) edge at the line, shot 56.3 percent (18-32) in the second half, including 60 percent (6-10) from 3. The Penmen won the glass (42-39) and owned a slightly better assist-to-turnover ratio (11/9-13/12), while the Hawks narrowly took the paint (37-36).
The Hawks return to action Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. when they take on Saint Michael's College. The next home game for the Hawks is Saturday, Feb. 15 at 3:30 p.m. when they play host to Franklin Pierce University 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 and following us on Twitter @STAHawks.