St. A Hawks grounded by the Chargers
GOFFSTOWN — University of New Haven freshman guard Jemal Mosley chucked in a buzzer-beating bucket from 30-something feet out. The basket gave the Chargers a 19-point lead over St. Anselm at the half.
The Northeast-10 tournament semifinal contest only got worse from there for the Hawks.
New Haven rolled to an 85-58 win over St. Anselm at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
The Chargers improved their record to 21-7 and advance to the league’s championship game against Southern Connecticut on Saturday.
The Hawks fell to 20-7 and await an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II tournament.
“Fortunately, we’ve probably got more basketball to play,” said St. Anselm coach Keith Dickson. “We’ve just got to regroup and go and try to play better in the next tournament.”
This one got away from the Hawks early.
They pulled within 16-13 on a Dominic Borelli basket with 10:40 left in the first half.
The Chargers ran off eight straight points and started to pull away.
“Our practices and approach were good,” said senior captain Dino Mallios. “But we came out flat, slow, sloppy. It’s just tough. I don’t really know what it is. They just outplayed us.”
The Chargers owned the first half. Then kept right on going through the second.
They made seven of their 13 three-pointers in the first half, shot 60 percent from the floor and had a 19-9 edge in rebounds.
They scored from in close — 20 points in the paint to St. Anselm’s 10 — and from far away.
Ditto in the second half.
New Haven shot 55 percent from the floor and had a 39-19 advantage in rebounds for the game.
There were few defensive rebounds available to the Hawks.
“We didn’t make them miss,” Dickson said. “I give them credit. They played terrific on offense and we picked an awful time to play very, very poorly.”
Senior guards Jeffry Adkins (23) and Justin Exum (21) and 6-foot-8 junior forward Eric Anderson (21) each had more than 20 points for New Haven. Anderson added 11 rebounds, too.
Exum scored 17 of his points in the first half.
“I thought from the beginning of the game New Haven was the aggressor and we were really on our heels on both ends,” Dickson said. “I thought they played great on offense and made things difficult on the other end where they are really good. Once you get behind a team like that that milks the clock with that kind of quickness and size inside. ... We were behind the eight-ball from almost the very beginning.”
Junior forward Chris Santo led St. Anselm with 13 points and his five rebounds were the team’s best as well. Junior guard Roby Mabrey had 11 points.
“They’re good and they played well,” Mallios said. “For us, you can see no one really made shots or made stops and that’s what the outcome looks like.”
The Hawks beat the Chargers, 85-83 in overtime in New Haven on Jan. 8.
New Haven trailed that one 41-32 at the half and rallied to get it to OT.