action:article | category:SPORTS22 | adString:SPORTS22 | zoneID:40

Home » Sports » College Sports

February 15. 2014 8:16PM

Men's Basketball: St. Anselm makes a statement against FPU

St. Anselm College's Mike McCahey, right, goes up for a shot as he collides with Franklin Pierce University's Curtis Christian(11) while FPU's Adrianos Vourliotakis Perdikaris(40) watches during the first half of their game at St. Anselm College Saturday. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)

GOFFSTOWN - The St. Anselm men's basketball team wanted, perhaps needed, to make a statement in the Northeast-10 showdown for first place in the Northeast Division.

The Hawks did just that, emphatically, on Saturday afternoon with a 90-85 win over Franklin Pierce of Rindge in Stoutenburgh Gym.

Senior captain Dino Mallios put up a career-high 24 points and had 11 assists and sophomore Mike McCahey added a whopping 20 rebounds to go with 20 points to lead the Hawks, who had lost three straight to the Ravens.

"Pierce is a great team," Mallios said. "But we got a little sick and tired of it. We know what we're going to get out of them and it's always going to be a battle. We've had this day circled on our calendar for a while."

The Hawks led Pierce by seven with less than seven minutes to play in Rindge back in early December and lost, 77-73. They lost to the Ravens twice last year, once in the regular season and then as the No. 1 seed in the league tournament.

"I've said for a while now, the last three years, that you could look at Franklin Pierce and say you're probably going to have to go through them to win anything in this league," said St. Anselm coach Keith Dickson. "They've been very good now for three years in a row."

Right back at you, said Franklin Pierce coach David Chadbourne.

"There's a lot of good teams and I think we are one of them," he said.

"And I know St. Anselm is one of them. We'll see what happens."

The Hawks improved to 16-6 overall and moved in front of Franklin Pierce in the Northeast Division standings. St. Anselm holds down first place in the division at 14-4 and the Ravens are next at 13-5.

Each has just three games left in the regular season.

The Hawks, led by the shooting of Mallios that opened things up nicely, got off to a fast and furious start and then held off a second-half rally by the Ravens.

Mallios and the Hawks wasted little time in opening things up.

He hit a long jumper 2:20 into the game that was initially called a three-pointer, but was then changed to a two-pointer.

No problem.

Junior guard Roy Mabrey (21 points) delivered a trey, Mallios hit a traditional three-point play and then nailed two treys of his own.

Just like that, the Hawks had run off 14 straight points and led 16-5.

Junior forward Chris Santo (15 points) hit a three-pointer from the top of the key and senior John Nielsen contributed one from the left corner and St. Anselm had it up to 34-19 with 4:55 left in the first half.

Another Mallios trey pushed it to 39-21 with 3:28 to go.

Ellis Cooper (20 points) had six points to help the Ravens cut it to 43-32, but Santo and McCahey each hit a pair of free throws and Dominic Borelli tipped in a Mallios miss and the Hawks had the last six points of the half and a 49-32 advantage at the break.

Franklin Pierce was going nowhere.

The Ravens got as close as 69-67 with 8:58 left on a layup by Paul Becklens.

The Hawks never rattled and kept their composure and let them get no closer.

"To our credit, they caught up and basically we looked them in the eye and won an eight-minute game," Dickson said.

That they did.

 NH Sports Angle Ľ more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

NASCAR: Logano interview makes UNH writerís dream come true

Nashua's Fayne moves from Devils to Oilers

Granite State Pro Stock Series to make debut at Lee Speedway


Ex-UNH hockey coach indicted on four charges

Growing up a hazard to golf: Real world claims talent from NHGA

Concord man wins National Javelin Championship at 2014 USA Track & Field Masters Championship

Conway's Locke happy with first half, believes best yet to come for Pirates

Court filing details prosecution's perjury allegations against Aaron Hernandez girlfriend

Is N.H. really home to longest mini golf hole on the planet?

Professional hockey coming to Berlin

van Riemsdyk setting high expectations for pro career

Life changes in an instant: Travis Roy shares story at Frank Monahan Foundation event

Improvements help, but traffic still a problem on race weekend in and around Loudon

Itís show time in Chicago for Dartmouthís Hendricks

State sells Windham golf course site for $3.06M

Ex-minor leaguers sue MLB over low salaries

$14M to beaten Giants fan returns security focus

Matt Bonner and brother bring rock show back to Redhook

GM: Twin State Speedway progressing with revival

Foot golf arrives on Seacoast

New Hampshire's Burns gets more than he could ever ask for

Pro runner's yoga class will raise money for clean Kenyan water

Menard wrecks as New Hampshire testing concludes

Lawyers try to bar Patriots from paying Hernandez $3.2M bonus

Pease Golf Course celebrates opening of lower nine holes


 New Hampshire Events Calendar


Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory