MANCHESTER, N.H. – Mike McCahey totaled 21 points to lead Saint Anselm College to an 83-75 Northeast-10 men's basketball victory over Saint Anselm College in front of a sold-out Stoutenburgh Gymnasium and a national television audience Saturday. The Hawks upped their record to 14-6 and 12-4 in the NE-10, while the Penmen are now 11-9 and 8-8 in the league.
McCahey finished 4-7 behind the arc to lead four Hawks in double figures. Dino Mallios finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, while Chris Santo also totaled 15 points on 6-12 shooting. Rob Mabrey added 12 points.
Southern New Hampshire was led by Elijah Bonsignore (Felton, Del.), who notched 15 points and a career-best 13 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Rodney Sanders (Linden, N.J.) recorded 14 points and five assists, while Aleksandar Dobrovic (Podgorica, Montenegro) finished with 13 points off the bench.
Trailing 32-29 at halftime, Saint Anselm opened up the second half on a 20-2 run to open up a 49-34 lead with 14:42 left following a McCahey three. Southern New Hampshire countered with a 13-5 spurt capped by a Phillip Tripodakis (Athens, Greece) triple at the 12:37 mark to make it a 52-47 game. The Hawks answered with nine straight points, taking a 61-47 lead with 11:18 to play on a Mallios basket.
SNHU, trailing 66-52, went on a 13-2 run capped by a Mike Stys (Hooksett, N.H.) three with just over five minutes to go to cut the lead to 68-65. Saint Anselm salted the game away with a 8-2 spurt capped by a John Nielsen three with just over three minutes left that made it 76-67. The Hawks maintained at least an eight-point cushion the rest of the way.
Saint Anselm jumped out to a 19-9 lead 11 minutes into the game before Southern New Hampshire reeled off 14 unanswered points to take a 23-19 lead with 6:32 left on a basket by Sanders. The Penmen would lead the rest of the way and took a 32-29 lead into the locker room.
The hosts knocked down six of their 20 three point attempts over the final 20 minutes and shot 56.3% from the field in the second half and 46% for the game. SNHU was 7-18 behind the arc and shot 40.8% for the contest, but went just 10-17 at the free throw line, while the Hawks were 16-20 at the charity stripe. The Penmen held a 42-39 rebounding advantage.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action Tuesday night when it travels to Franklin Pierce University for a 7:30 pm Northeast-10 contest. The next Penmen home game is Saturday, February 15, when SNHU entertains Stonehill College in a 4:00 tilt at the SNHU Fieldhouse that can be seen on WBIN-TV.
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