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March 15. 2014 6:35PM

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

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.


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