January 26, 2013

SAINT ANSELM USES THREE-POINT BARRAGE TO DOWN MEN’S BASKETBALL, 80-67

Manchester, N.H. – Roy Mabrey and John Nielsen each made six three-pointers to lead to Saint Anselm College to an 80-67 win over Le Moyne College in Northeast-10 Conference men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.

Graduate student center Jim Janson (Scotia, N.Y./Scotia-Glenville) scored 23 points to lead the Dolphins offensively, while adding eight rebounds (five offensive) and three blocked shots. Sophomore forward Ryan Romich (Groton, Mass./Groton-Dunstable/Vermont Academy) went 7-for-7 from the field en route to 16 points in 28 minutes off the bench. Senior guard Gamal Mohamed (North Plainfield, N.J./Immaculata) recorded 10 second-half points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists. Freshman guard Qwadere Lovell (Mount Vernon, N.Y./Mount Vernon) had six points, a career-high seven rebounds and a career best-tying six assists (for the third straight game).

Mabrey led all scorers with 24 points in the game, 16 of which came in the second half. Nielsen was 6-of-10 from long range as he scored 18 points (12 in the second half) in 22 minutes off the bench. Mike McCahey, the Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week six times this season, registered 15 points, five assists, three rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Dino Mallios recorded a double-double of 12 points and 14 assists, while adding four steals. Saint Anselm finished the game with 18 made three-pointers (in 38 attempts), the second Le Moyne opponent in the last five games (Franklin Pierce on January 12) to make 18 three-pointers.

Saint Anselm (14-3, 10-3 NE-10), which received votes in the latest Division II Top 25 poll, scored the game's first six points en route to jumping out to a 23-4 lead at the 11:39 mark. Six Hawks accounted for the 23 points, led by eight points from Mabrey.

The Dolphins pulled within 14 on three occasions over the next six minutes and 17 seconds, but could not get any closer in the span. Janson had seven of Le Moyne's 12 points in the span as the Dolphins trimmed their deficit to 30-16 with 5:22 to play.

McCahey hit his first three-pointer of the game with 3:45 left to push Saint Anselm's lead to 17, but the Dolphins answered with eight straight points to pull within single digits. Romich started the run with a lay-up, Janson followed with a tip-in and a lay-up and then Lovell completed Le Moyne's scoring in the half with a jumper with 11 seconds left. Mallios made a jump shot on the other end as time expired to give the Hawks a 35-24 lead at halftime.

The second half featured back-and-forth play throughout the duration of the 20 minutes, with Saint Anselm's lead bouncing between nine and 16 points, but mainly holding between 11 and 14 points.

The Hawks took a 45-30 lead with 18:06 remaining, but the Dolphins got a three-pointer from Mohamed and a lay-up by Janson to close within 10 with 16:31 left.

Four minutes later, Mabrey and Chris Santo converted back-to-back lay-ups to push their team's lead to 58-43. Le Moyne countered with six straight points to get within nine points, but that's as close as the Dolphins would get. Mohamed made a jumper, Romich followed with a lay-up off a steal by Mohamed and then junior forward Brian Zapisek (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) finished off a feed from Mohamed to make the score 58-49 with 9:50 remaining.

Nielson and Mabrey followed with three-pointers to push Saint Anselm's lead back to 15 with 8:52 to play and Nielson hit another three-pointer 80 seconds later to give the Hawks their largest lead of the half, 69-53.

Le Moyne cut its deficit to 11 points three times between the 6"09 and 4:17 marks, but the Dolphins would not get any closer the remainder of the game. Following a Janson lay-up with 4:17 left to pull the Dolphins within 74-63, Mallios and McCahey nailed three-pointers around two free throws from freshman forward Connor Mahoney (Hanover, Mass./BC High/Brooks School). Romich then made a jumper with 2:00 left to finish off the game's scoring.

Le Moyne (8-9, 5-8 NE-10), which has dropped four straight meetings with the Hawks, returns to action on Tuesday at Bentley University at 7:30 p.m.