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St. Anselm men bounced from NCAAs by Southern Connecticut State
SCSU’s Tylon Smith, who was named tournament Most Valuable Player, led the Owls with 29 points, 18 of which came in the final 20 minutes.
“The way we’re built, we have to make shots,” said St. Anselm coach Keith Dickson. “From behind the line, we’re about 40 percent with John Nielsen, Mike McCahey and Roy Mabrey. That’s what (we) have done successfully, and tonight, we just couldn’t knock them down.
Roy Mabrey and Chris Santo led the St. Anselm with 16 points each in the loss that concluded the Hawks’ campaign at 22-8. Dominic Borelli finished with 12 points in 19 minutes of playing time.
St. Anselm’s early lead was aided by eight turnovers by the hosts.
The Hawks’ McCahey provided his team with a seven-point advantage heading into the break when he drilled a short jumper.
The Hawks watched their lead dissolve in the second half as the Owls dominated the glass.
“Obviously, we’re disappointed in not coming out on top,” said Dickson. “This is not an easy game to get to. I thought that SC was extremely vulnerable tonight. I don’t think they played anywhere near their best game.”