Roy Mabrey's jumper with 11 seconds remaining lifted St. Anselm College to a 79-78 victory over Bentley University in the quarterfinals of the Northeast-10 men's basketball tournament Sunday at Stoutenburgh Gym in Manchester.
St. Anselm (20-6 overall, 18-4 NE-10), which captured the Northeast Division title in the regular season, will host New Haven on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the semifinals.
In the three other quarterfinal games on Sunday, Southern Connecticut ousted Southern New Hampshire University, 75-63, Le Moyne trounced Franklin Pierce in Rindge, 73-59, and New Haven upended St. Michael's, 83-65.
Bentley trailed 47-33 at halftime and by 17 points (50-33) early in the second half before rallying with a 36-18 run for a 69-68 lead with 5:18 to play. The lead exchanged hands three times before St. Anselm took a 77-76 lead with 2:05 remaining on a jumper from Mike McCahey.
Bentley (18-11, 11-11 NE-10), which finished fifth in the Northeast Division, gained its last lead on a layup by Keegan Hyland with 17 seconds left. Mabrey, who finished with 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field, hit his game-winner six seconds later.
Jasper Grassa (16 points) missed a potential game-winning shot for Bentley with three seconds left.
McCahey led the Hawks with 20 points (8 of 20 shooting) and seven rebounds. John Nielsen had 18 points and Chris Santo collected 12 points and 11 rebounds.
The Hawks won despite getting just six free throw attempts, making three. Bentley was 14 of 15 from the charity stripe. The Hawks buried 14 three-pointers, 11 in the first half. They were 3-of-13 in the second half from three-point land and just 13-for-33 from the field over the last 20 minutes. Tyler McFarland led Bentley with 20 points.
Le Moyne 73, Franklin Pierce 59: In Rindge, Connor Mahoney collected 22 points and Jim Janson netted 18 points and nine rebounds for Le Moyne (17-10, 14-7 NE-10) which finished third in the Southwest Division. Franklin Pierce (20-7, 15-7 NE-10), the second-place finisher in the Northeast Division, was contained on offense.
Ryen Vilmont, on 5-of-14 shooting, was held to 17 points and Ellis Cooper, on 4-of-10 shooting, garnered 13 points. The Ravens shot 36-percent (20 of 55) from the field as a team. The Dolphins led 41-29 at halftime and pushed its lead as high as 17 (60-43) with 11 minutes left. The Ravens pulled no closer than nine points the rest of the way.Southern Conn. 75, SNHU 63: In New Haven, Conn., SNHU was one of two teams this season to defeat the Southwest Division champion Owls (25-2) this season. The game was tied 16-16 before the Owls closed the first half on a 25-9 run for a 41-25 halftime lead. The Penmen battled back, closing its deficit to seven, 62-55, behind a conventional three-point play by former Manchester Central guard Mike Stys with 3:35 to play. The margin remained seven (68-61) before the Owls closed the game on a 7-2 run over the final 1:35 of play.
Chris Walters came off the bench to lead the Penmen with 15 points and nine rebounds. Stys followed with 14 points and Aleksandar Dobrovic netted 10. Rodney Sanders had nine points and 12 boards. SNHU entered the tourney as the defending NE-10 tournament champs. Tylon Smith led the Owls with 25 points and eight boards. Greg Langston added 19 points and nine rebounds.
Adelphi 81, FPU 77: In Garden City, N.Y., Jessica Kitrys led Adelphi (20-6) with 29 points. Kara Charette (25 points) and Brittany Martelle (20 points) paced the 15-11 Ravens. FPU trailed 79-77 before Adelphi won its quarterfinal game with two seconds left on free throws from Kelly Mannix.Bentley 77, Le Moyne 51: In Waltham, Mass., nationally top-ranked Bentley raised its record to 27-0 thanks to 13 points from Lauren Battista in a Northeast-10 quarterfinal game. Manchester's Christiana Bakolas had five points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals for the Falcons.