Men's Basketball: St. Anselm tops Le Moyne, Franklin Pierce edges Philadelphia in NCAAsStaff report
March 15. 2014 6:35PM
The St. Anselm College men's basketball team went nine minutes without scoring during Saturday's NCAA game against Le Moyne.
Fortunately for the Hawks, they had a 16-point lead when the drought began, and they held on for a 73-62 victory in an East Regional quarterfinal at the University of New Haven.
St. Anselm (21-7) advanced to meet seventh-seeded Bloomfield in a semifinal today at 5 p.m. Bloomfield upset second seed and host New Haven, 59-57, on Saturday.
Junior guard Roy Mabrey scored a game-high 26 points, including 6-for-13 from 3-point land, and sophomore forward Mike McCahey added 18 points, including 4-of-9 on treys, to lead St. Anselm, the No. 3 seed in the region. Three-point shooting was a key to the contest: The Hawks nailed 14 of them, on 32 attempts, to only five, on 18 attempts, for the sixth-seeded Dolphins.
St. Anselm led by 16, 65-49, on a Mabrey free throw with 9:55 remaining and, thanks to an array of 3-pointers, looked to have things well in hand. But the Hawks failed to score again for nine minutes, during which time their Northeast-10 Conference foe trimmed the margin to three (65-62) with 55 seconds remaining.
A layup by Dino Mallios stemmed the tide, and the Hawks went 6-for-6 from the foul line to salt away the game.
St. Anselm led by as many as eight points in the first half and maintained a four-point edge, 41-37, at the half. The Hawks scored seven of the first nine points of the second half and eventually build a 16-point lead halfway through, on a McCahey three-ball.
Guard John Neilsen added 13 points, including three 3-pointers, for the Hawks. Mallios dished out eight assists.
Nate Champion paced Le Moyne with 17 points.
Cooper paces Ravens in opener
Senior forward Ellis Cooper had 24 points, including a pair of clutch free throws with 17 seconds left to lift Franklin Pierce University past Philadelphia University, 66-65.
The fourth-seeded Ravens (21-7) will take on top-seeded Southern Connecticut State in the second round on Sunday night at 7:30 p.m.
Cooper was 7-of-11 from the floor, including a 10-of-12 effort from the free throw line.