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Men's Basketball: St. Anselm tops Le Moyne, Franklin Pierce edges Philadelphia in NCAAs
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.
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 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.
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.