March 17, 2014
Senior Dominic Borelli recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to lead the third-seeded Saint Anselm College men's basketball team to an 82-68 victory against seventh-seeded Bloomfield College in an NCAA East Regional semifinal matchup Sunday evening at Southern Connecticut State University's Moore Field House.
The Hawks, who have now won 11 of their last 12, advance to their first regional final since 2000 to improve to 22-7 on the season. Saint Anselm, which defeated Adelphi University, 76-72, in the 2000 East Regional final at Southern Connecticut to earn its first and only Elite Eight berth in program history, will take on top-seeded Southern Connecticut on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. on the Owls' home floor.
GAME RECAP: See video highlights from the post-game press-conference and full game stats on the Saint Anselm Athletics website
Borelli was 7-for-12 from the field and 2-for-4 at the line in a career-high 33 minutes off the bench. The 12 shot attempts give him 100 for the season and qualify him for the program's single-season field goal percentage list, which he is now at the top of with a .680 mark. Sophomore Mike McCahey registered 16 points (6-14 FG; 1-3 3-FG; 3-6 FT) and eight boards, while senior John Nielsen netted 12 points (4-9 FG; 4-8 3-FG) to go along with four rebounds and two assists. Nielsen's four 3-pointers give him 105 for the season, which ties the program's single-season record set by Matt Cahill during the 2005-06 campaign.
Senior Dino Mallios tallied 11 points (5-8 FG; 1-2 FT), seven rebounds and eight assists, while junior Roy Mabrey also kicked in 11 points (3-13 FG; 1-6 3-FG; 4-4 FT) and added four rebounds and two steals.
The Hawks return to action Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. when they take on Southern Connecticut at Moore Field House as they try and advance to their first Elite Eight since 2000, when they won the East Regional at Southern Connecticut.