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Men's Basketball: St. Anselm edges SNHU
The win improves the Hawks to 14-6 overall and 12-4 in the Northeast-10 Conference. SNHU drops to 8-8 in conference play and 11-9 overall.
Elijah Bonsignore had 15 poins for the Penmen, while Rodney Sanders added 14. Aleksandar Dobrovic scored 13, all in the second half.
"I thought we controlled the first half," said Penman coach Stan Spirou. "Then in the first five minutes of the second half, they got some easy shots, some put-backs, and it was uphill from there."
"We came out more with an edge," said Mallios about the second half. "We started making shots. We just came out with more of a chip on our shoulder."
The teams traded runs and leads throughout the first half, which at one point saw a 10-point lead for the Hawks before the Penmen finished strong for a 32-29 lead.
The Penman got back to within four, 71-67, with 3:30 left, but a technical foul on Dobrovic gave the Hawks two points and stalled the SNHU run.
How did Dickson like playing to a national TV audience?
"For the kids, I don't think it mattered that much," he said. "But I think the TV game got the atmosphere up to where a college basketball game should be."
McCahey said the biggest difference was in how the television coverage seemed to spark the crowd. "I've never heard it that loud for a game before," he said.