Southern knocks off Saint Anselm, heading to D-2 Elite Eight

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 2/4 Southern Connecticut State University men’s basketball team defeated Saint Anselm, 78-72, to advance to the Elite Eight for the second time in school history on Tuesday evening,

Tylon Smith (Manchester, Conn.) led the Owls to their school-record 19th straight victory. The Southern Connecticut point guard recorded a double-double, 29 points and 10 rebounds. The East Regional Most Outstanding Player, who went 11-of-13 at the line, also dished out four assists.

Michael Mallory (Waterbury, Conn.) and Greg Langston (Stratford, Conn.) added 15 points each. Langston, a member of the All-East Regional team, grabbed seven rebounds.

Southern Connecticut, which trailed 32-25 at the half, turned it around in the second half to take control before sealing the win at the line. SCSU went on a 22-4 run midway through the second half to turn a eight-point deficit into a 10-point lead.

Saint Anselm had four players score in double figures, led by Chris Santo and Roy Mabrey with 16 each.

The Owls, 30-2, will play in the Elite Eight (March 26-29) in Evansville, Ind. SCSU will face Central Missouri on March 26. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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