NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Southern Connecticut State defeated Saint Anselm 78-72 to advance to the Elite Eight.

Tylon Smith led the Owls to their school-record 19th consecutive 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, dished out four assists.

Michael Mallory and Greg Langston 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.