MANCHESTER, N.H. – Mike McCahey totaled 17 of his game-high 22 points in the second half as Saint Anselm College rallied past Southern New Hampshire University for an 88-65 Northeast-10 men's basketball victory Wednesday evening at the SNHU Fieldhouse. The Hawks upped their record to 2-2 and 1-1 in NE-10 play, while the Penmen are now 2-2 and 0-2 in the league.
McCahey finished 7-13 from the floor and 2-4 behind the arc to lead four Saint Anselm players in double figures. Chris Santo shot 8-11 from the floor and finished with 19 points and eight rebounds, while John Nielsen tallied 16 points. Roy Mabrey finished with 12 points, while Dino Mallios added eight points and eight assists.
Elijah Bonsignore (Felton, Del.) led Southern New Hampshire with 15 points on 7-12 shooting, while CJ Marriro (Boston, Mass.) was 5-8 and added 11 points. Mike Stys (Hooksett, N.H.) finished with nine points and five assists.
Saint Anselm trailed 40-23 at halftime, but outscored Southern New Hampshire 30-12 over the first 8:17 of the second half to take a 53-52 lead on a McCahey layup. The Hawks gradually pulled away, leading by as many as 24 points down the stretch. The guests shot 72.7% (24-33) over the final 20 minutes and connected on nine of their 12 three-point attempts in the second stanza.
Southern New Hampshire used a 13-2 run midway through the first half capped by a Marriro free throw with 9:10 remaining to open up a 26-16 lead. The Hawks cut the lead to six before the Penmen closed the held on a 14-3 spurt and a basket by Nikola Canic (Belgrade, Serbia) 1:22 before intermission gave the hosts a 40-23 lead at the break.
Saint Anselm shot 54.1% from the floor for the game and 52.9% from behind the arc while limiting the Penmen to 36.4% shooting over the final 20 minutes and 42.1% for the game. The hosts held a 34-32 rebounding advantage, but 16 SNHU turnovers led to a 22-10 Hawk advantage in points off turnovers.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action Saturday when it hosts Saint Michael's College in a 3:30 Northeast-10 contest at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
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