St. A Hawks grounded by the Chargers
The Northeast-10 tournament semifinal contest only got worse from there for the Hawks.
The Chargers improved their record to 21-7 and advance to the league’s championship game against Southern Connecticut on Saturday.
“Fortunately, we’ve probably got more basketball to play,” said St. Anselm coach Keith Dickson. “We’ve just got to regroup and go and try to play better in the next tournament.”
They pulled within 16-13 on a Dominic Borelli basket with 10:40 left in the first half.
The Chargers ran off eight straight points and started to pull away.
“Our practices and approach were good,” said senior captain Dino Mallios. “But we came out flat, slow, sloppy. It’s just tough. I don’t really know what it is. They just outplayed us.”
They made seven of their 13 three-pointers in the first half, shot 60 percent from the floor and had a 19-9 edge in rebounds.
Ditto in the second half.
New Haven shot 55 percent from the floor and had a 39-19 advantage in rebounds for the game.
“We didn’t make them miss,” Dickson said. “I give them credit. They played terrific on offense and we picked an awful time to play very, very poorly.”
Exum scored 17 of his points in the first half.
“They’re good and they played well,” Mallios said. “For us, you can see no one really made shots or made stops and that’s what the outcome looks like.”
New Haven trailed that one 41-32 at the half and rallied to get it to OT.