MANCHESTER, N.H. – Chris Santo finished with 23 points off the bench to lead No. 15 Saint Anselm College to a 75-52 Northeast-10 men's basketball victory over Southern New Hampshire University at the SNHU Fieldhouse Wednesday night. The Hawks won their fifth in a row to improve to 17-3 and 13-3 in the NE-10, while the Penmen are now 12-8 and 8-8 in the league.
Santo finished 9-13 from the floor and 5-8 at the free throw line. James Morse was the only other Hawk to finish in double figures as he had 14 points on 6-8 shooting, including connecting on both of his three-point attempts.
CJ Marriro (Boston, Mass.) led Southern New Hampshire with 14 points, with 10 of those coming in the first half. BJ Cardarelli (Manchester, Conn.) recorded 12 points and five rebounds, while Mike Stys (Hooksett, N.H.) added seven points.
The two teams traded the lead seven times in the first half, with the Penmen taking a quick 4-0 lead 37 seconds into the game. Southern New Hampshire led 19-15 when the Hawks used an 11-0 run capped by a Morse three with 8:23 left to take a 26-19 lead. Saint Anselm extended the lead to 30-23 on a Santo basket with 4:50 left and took a 32-27 lead into the locker room.
Southern New Hampshire cut the lead to three twice early in the second half, the last time on a layup by Cardarelli with 18:02 left that made it 34-31. A 10-2 Saint Anselm run capped by a Roy Mabrey basket with 14:39 left made it a 44-33 game.
The guests attempted to put the game away with a 9-2 run to take a 55-40 lead with 9:51 left, but six straight points pulled the Penmen within nine with just under seven minutes to go on a Cardarelli basket. Saint Anselm responded with an 11-2 run capped by a three-point play by Mike McCahey with 3:22 left that put the game out of reach at 68-48.
Saint Anselm shot 61.5% over the final 20 minutes and 50.9% for the game while limiting the Penmen to 33.3% shooting for the game, including a 4-19 effort behind the arc. The Hawks were 13-18 from the free throw line while Southern New Hampshire was 10-16, and the guests held a 43-29 rebounding advantage.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action Saturday afternoon when it travels to UMass Lowell for a 4:00 Northeast-10 contest.