SNHU (12-7, 8-7 Northeast-10)
No. 15 Saint Anselm (16-3, 12-3 Northeast-10)
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - SNHU Fieldhouse - Manchester, N.H. - 7:30 pm
THE MATCHUP: Southern New Hampshire hosts nationally-ranked Saint Anselm as the crosstown rivals square off for the 57th time.
THE COACHES: Stan Spirou is in his 28th season as head coach at Southern New Hampshire...he owns a 534-286 (.651) career record in 27-plus seasons at the helm...Spirou was honored as the New England Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year four times (1993, 94, 95, 99) and has led the Penmen to 14 NCAA Tournaments, four NCAA Regional titles and fourteen 20 win seasons...Keith Dickson is in his 27th season at Saint Anselm...he has led the Hawks to 12 NCAA Tournament appearances and a regional crown in 2000 and owns a 504-281 (.642) career record....Dickson won his 500th career game January 15 against Pace.
THE SERIES:Southern New Hampshire leads the all-time series with Saint Anselm 29-27, however, the Hawks have prevailed in 10 of the last 15 meetings, including an 89-67 win on the Hilltop in November...Saint Anselm jumped out to a 38-25 halftime lead before SNHU pulled within eight with 12:22 left...Roy Mabrey led the Hawks with 22 points, while Mike Stys and Rodney Sanders led the Penmen with 16 points apiece...the home team has won the last seven games in the series.
THE PENMEN: Southern New Hampshire snapped a two-game slide with a 67-57 win at American International on Saturday...the Penmen are paced offensively by freshman Rodney Sanders, who is scoring 12.2 ppg while also grabbing 4.4 rebounds per game...Sanders is shooting 44.2% from three-point land (23-52)...Mike Stys has knocked down 34 three-pointers and is scoring 11.9 ppg, while BJ Cardarelli has a team-high 35 threes and is recording 11.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game...Cardarelli had a career-high 32 points at Pace January 23, going 9-10 behind the arc...Elijah Bonsignore has a team-best 26 blocks and is averaging 9.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, while Aleksandar Dobrovic and CJ Marriro are adding 8.5 and 7.7 ppg, respectively...Marriro leads the Penmen in rebounding (5.5 rpg) and assists (66)...the Penmen are shooting .407 overall, .348 behind the arc and .689 at the free throw line while allowing opponents to shoot .424 overall and .297 behind the arc...SNHU is scoring 66.4 ppg while allowing 63.9 and getting outrebounded 36.3-35.3.
THE HAWKS: No. 15 Saint Anselm is on a roll, winning four straight and 11 of 12, its lone loss coming at Assumption January 19...the Hawks are led by two of the top four scorers in the Northeast-10 in Roy Mabrey and Mike McCahey...Mabrey leads the NE-10 with his 19.5 ppg average...he has knocked down 56 three-pointers on the season...McCahey, an eight-time NE-10 Rookie of the Week, is fourth in the league in scoring at 17.6 ppg...he is also grabbing a team-high 7.6 rebounds per game...Chris Santo is adding 12.7 ppg on 55.6% shooting, while Dino Mallios leads the league in assists (7.7 apg) while scoring at a 9.5 ppg clip...Saint Anselm is shooting .485 overall, .404 behind the arc and .732 at the free throw line while allowing opponents to shoot .459 overall and .384 from three...the Hawks are scoring 83.3 ppg while allowing 72.2 and are nearly identical in rebounding, grabbing 34.9 while allowing 35.0.
WHAT'S NEXT: Southern New Hampshire travels to UMass Lowell on Saturday before hosting Franklin Pierce next Tuesday.