FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com
) – A 24-9 advantage from its bench and a solid effort down the stretch led the Marian University men's basketball team to a 62-53 home win over MSOE and moved the Sabres to 2-0 in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference for the first time since the 2007-08 season.
Seniors Sam Koslowski and Cody Veleke led the way for Marian with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Elan Solvik set a career-high with a game-high 11 rebounds to go with his seven points, while Montrell Hobbs once again turned in a double digit effort off the bench with 10 points and six rebounds.
Austin Stueck scored 12 of his game-high 18 points in the first half to become the lone Raider in double figures. MSOE shot just 38.8 percent (19-for-49) in the contest, while the Sabres registered a steady 44 percent (22-of-50) from the field. Eight second-half turnovers resulted in 11 Sabre points.
Marian improved to 3-3 overall, 2-0 in the NACC with the win, while MSOE suffered its first loss, falling to 3-1 (1-1 NACC).
Trailing 35-28 early in the second half, the Sabres embarked on a 12-0 run that turned the tide of the game. Back-to-back three's by Koslowski and Drew Binversie started the run, followed by contributions from Solvik, Hobbs and James Bartelt.
The Sabres would fall behind once more when MSOE grabbed a 50-47 advantage with 7:49 left. However, an 8-0 Marian run would ensue and the Sabres regained momentum and the lead, one they would not relinquish.
Marian trailed by three heading into halftime as Stueck's 12 points paced the Raiders to a 29-26 lead at the break. Hobbs led the Sabres with eight first half points and five rebounds, giving the hosts a tremendous boost with one of their leaders, Mike Keller, battling foul trouble.
Marian outscored MSOE, 32-24, in the paint and finished with a 39-26 edge in rebounds.
The Sabres will continue its busy week with their first league road test at Wisconsin Lutheran College Thursday, Dec. 5. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com
) – Seniors Cody Veleke and Sam Koslowski led the Marian University men's basketball team to a win over Dominican University, 71-63, in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference opener inside Sadoff Gymnasium, this afternoon, Nov. 30.
Veleke poured in 20 points, including 15 in the second half, while making two key blocks down the stretch to preserve the victory for the Sabres. Koslowski chipped in 16, while freshman Montrell Hobbs scored 11 off the bench to lead Marian past Dominican. The Sabres dominated the boards, finishing with a 45-23 edge on the glass and a 17-4 advantage in second chance points.
Marian improved to 2-3 overall, 1-0 in the NACC, while Dominican dropped to 0-5 (0-1 NACC).
The Sabres fell behind early, going down by as many as eight points with 11:22 remaining in the first half. Hobbs then came on to give the lift Marian needed, scoring seven points in an 11-2 run that pushed the Sabres in front 22-21 with 7:10 left before halftime.
Marian would finish the half on an 8-2 run to take a 33-27 lead into the break. The Sabre bench outscored Dominican 16-4 in the first 20 minutes.
In the second half, Veleke and Koslowski took over, combining for 25 of Marian's 38 points to stave off a feisty Dominican squad. The Sabres, who struggled from the free throw line entering the game, went 16-for-20 on the night, including 9-for-11 in the second half and were solid down the stretch.
Sophomore Brad Koth chipped in eight points, including two big three-pointers for the Sabres. Josh Mayberry tallied a career-high 18 points for Dominican in the loss. He led three scorers in double figures as Logan Harris and Ryan Risley added 17 and 16 points, respectively.
Marian won its conference opener for the first time in six seasons and will return to action this Tuesday, Dec. 3, with a meeting against MSOE at home. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside Sadoff Gymnasium.
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. (SabreAthletics.com
) – Sophomore Drew Binversie turned in his second career double-double, but it wasn't enough to erase another double digit, second-half deficit as UW-Eau Claire held on for an 81-79 victory on the final day of the Bethel University Tip-Off Tournament, this evening, Nov. 23.
Binversie registered a team-high 17 points and 13 rebounds to key a second half comeback that fell just short of stunning a Blugold squad that proved very efficient in the paint. UW-Eau Claire held a 44-20 advantage in the paint to go along with a 42-33 edge in the rebound department.
Adam Hjelter poured in a game-high 20 points to lead the Blugolds (3-1), while Lewis Mau scored 16 points and pulled down 13 boards for a double-double.
Marian (1-3) trailed by as many as 15 points in the second half before staking a comeback that came within two points of another remarkable run in the final stretch. The Sabres fell for the third time in a row and by two points for the second time in as many nights.
UW-Eau Claire got off to a fast start with an 11-3 lead in the early minutes of the first half, but a quick 30-second timeout by Marian Head Coach Mark Boyle proved very effective. The next three-plus minutes accounted for a 14-0 Sabre run.
The Blugolds would answer back to shoot 45.2 percent (14-for-31) for the half, including six made three's - the final one, a Mau buzzer-beater to give his squad a 43-35 advantage at the break.
A big 17-5 run for UWEC equaled their largest lead of the game of 15 points at 64-49 with 12:48 remaining. The Sabres responded with a 9-2 run to cut the deficit to five points and set up a very tight finish down the stretch.
The Sabres cut the deficit to a single possession three times in the final minute of play, but couldn't convert on a desperation three at the buzzer following a pair of Blugold missed free throws.
Despite the loss, the Sabres shot over 46 percent and put four players in double figures for the third time this season. Senior Sam Koslowski chipped in 15 points on 5-for-10 shooting, while fellow seniors Cody Veleke and Jeff Harris added 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Marian will now have a full week to work out the kinks and prepare for its first Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference opponent in Dominican University. The Sabres will welcome the Stars into Sadoff Gymnasium Saturday, Nov. 30, for a 2 p.m. start.
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. (SabreAthletics.com
) – Despite a 17-point comeback late in the second half, the Marian University men's basketball team was unable to finish an impressive come-from-behind effort as Luther College escaped with a 71-69 victory in the opening game of the Bethel University Tip-Off Tournament, Friday evening, Nov. 22.
All hope looked lost when the Sabres trailed by as many as 17 points when the Norse took a 61-44 lead with 10:17 remaining in the game. However, a Brad Koth three sparked a 17-1 run and Marian pulled to within a point with more than five minutes remaining. The Sabres took a 67-65 lead with 3:31 left, but would not score again until a tip-in at the buzzer provided the final tally.
Senior Elan Solvik poured in a game-high 16 points to lead four Sabres in double figures, but it wasn't enough as Luther's 11-for-25 effort from beyond the arc proved the difference in the outcome. Aaron Huber and Nathan Meyer tied for a team-high 11 points after knocking down three triples apiece.
Early on, Marian's shooting woes continued from its last outing, a double digit loss to host Ripon. The Sabres shot just 37.9 percent (11-for-29) in the first half and went just 2-of-7 from three-point range. Meanwhile, the Norse connected 44.8 percent (13-for-29), including six three's to take a 37-25 lead into halftime.
Marian came out of the second half still looking for its shooting stroke and finally found it with about 10 minutes remaining. Koth's three sparked the comeback and freshman Montrell Hobbs added two big offensive rebound put backs to keep the rally going. Senior Cody Veleke registered eight of his 11 points in the final 7:33. His layup with 4:06 left tied the game at 65-all.
Next possession, he gave the Sabres their first lead of the game with 3:31 left in the game. After two made free throws gave the Norse a two-point lead, the Sabres had a chance to tie or take the lead, but a turnover squandered that opportunity and Luther capitalized with two Jake Martin free throws to make it a two possession game with just seven seconds remaining to seal the game.
The Sabres will turnaround to play UW-Eau Claire at 6 p.m. while Luther takes on tournament host Bethel at 8 p.m. tomorrow, Nov. 23.
RIPON, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com
) – The Marian University men's basketball team couldn't overcome a hot-shooting Ripon College squad that shot nearly 60 percent for the game en route to an 82-65 win inside Wyman Gymnasium, this evening, Nov. 20.
Cody Veleke led three Sabres in double figures with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting. He also added a team-leading six rebounds and four blocks. Freshman standout Ty Sabin led the Red Hawks with a game-high 22 points on 8-for-11 shooting, while chipping in four rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Ripon improved to 2-1 on the young season with the win, while Marian dropped to 1-1.
The Sabres missed their first six shots and didn't convert their first basket until Brad Koth banked in a three from the top of the key nearly seven minutes into the contest. Still, Marian trailed Ripon by just four points, 8-4.
Trailing 15-6 near the midway point of the first half, the Sabres put together an 11-2 run thanks to back-to-back-to-back three's by Veleke and Jeff Harris. The latter two came from Harris and tied the game at 17-17, forcing Ripon to call its first timeout of the game.
The Red Hawks didn't cool down for long as they shot over 70 percent in the half. Kyle Loughrin led the hosts with 12 first-half points on 5-of-5 shooting and Ripon went 17-for-24 as a team in the opening frame, but led by just eight points, 38-30.
In the second half, the Red Hawks seemed to provide an answer for every Sabre attempt at cutting into their lead. After six straight points from Sam Koslowski to cut the deficit to 42-38, Ripon responded with a 13-2 run to take a commanding 15-point lead and never looked back.
Koslowski finished with 16 points, while Harris added 11, five rebounds and two steals off the bench. Ripon's Kyle Loughrin added 20 points, going 7-for-7 from the field, including 5-for-5 from the free throw line. David Klink chipped in 10 points.
Ripon shot a blistering 21-for-24 from the charity stripe, while the Sabres struggled at 9-for-20.
Marian will be back in action this Friday when it will take on Luther College in the opening game of the Bethel University Perkins Tip-Off Tournament in St. Paul. Friday's start time is set for 6 p.m.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com
) - Marian opened up their 2013-14 season on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Sadoff, hosting Martin Luther from the UMAC. Senior Sam Koslowski led the offense for the Sabres, finishing with 19 points in the 79-70 victory.
Marian couldn't have asked for a better start to their season, as they opened up with a 7-0 run. Senior Cody Veleke contributed four of the first seven points, and would finish with 14 on the day. Good team possession and elusive quickness would be the story of the first half, as Marian was able to enter the locker room at halftime with the 37-21 lead.
Halfway through the second half, the Sabres had strengthened their lead to 26, which would be their largest lead of the night. Off the bench, senior Jeff Harris was effective, sinking six baskets good for 14 points.
The Crusaders would cut the Marian lead to seven with 12 seconds remaining, but couldn't catch the Sabres in the end, falling 79-70.
Four different Sabres finished in double-digit points, with Koslowski leading the way with 19. Junior Drew Binverse added 14 points and eight rebounds, while Veleke and Harris added 14 each.
The Sabres are back in action next Wednesday as they play a non-conference game down the road against Ripon. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.
) – The Marian University men's basketball team put an early scare into host UW-Milwaukee, holding a three-point lead as late as the midway point in the first half, but the underdog Sabres couldn't overcome their first NCAA Division I opponent in school history as the Panthers outlasted them, 80-52, in an exhibition inside U.S. Cellular Arena, on Halloween night.
Foul trouble hurt the Sabres early on, but the Panthers emerged the team most expected them to be as they were able to utilize their size and talent to make up an early deficit en route to a convincing win at home.
UW-Milwaukee put four players in double figures led by Thierno Niang's game-high 13 points. Sophomore Drew Binversie led the Marian offense with 12 points, going 5-for-9 from the field with three rebounds and three assists. Senior Sam Koslowski finished with nine points and seven rebounds in 26 minutes.
The first half started with a bang for the Sabres as they raced to a 5-0 lead on the Division I Panthers after a Mike Keller layup and a Sam Koslowski old-fashioned three-point play.
Marian continued to play well midway through the first half, holding two-point leads at the first two media timeouts, including a 17-15 advantage with 11:46 left.
It wasn't long, however, that foul trouble began to eat up the underdog Sabres. Marian was whistled for 17 fouls in the first half, compared to just nine for the host Panthers. Starters Keller and Veleke picked up three each, as did freshman Josh Creed off the bench.
Veleke finished the first half scoreless. After starting out the game 8-for-16, the Sabres finished up the half going 10-for-26 (38.5 percent) from the field, including 2-of-8 from downtown.
Meanwhile, UW-Milwaukee caught fire down the stretch to post a 43.3 shooting percentage (13-for-30), and used a 22-15 advantage on the boards, including 10 offensive rebounds to take a 41-30 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the Sabres held the Panthers to just 35.3 percent (12-for-34) in the second half, including 3-for-14 from downtown, but weren't able to cut into the deficit as UWM continued to dominate on the glass.
The Panthers used their height advantage to turn in a 49-29 rebounding edge for the game with 22 offensive boards, which translated into 31 second-chance points.
Marian looked promising at times despite just two weeks of practice thus far this season. The Sabres will take many things away from tonight and look to apply them for two more weeks of preparation before gearing up for their season and home opener against Martin Luther College, Nov. 16.
WAUKESHA, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com
) – The Marian University men's basketball team was picked to finish third in the 2013-14 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Preseason Poll, voted on by the league's coaches and sports information directors and announced today, Oct. 24.
The Sabres, who turned in the fifth-best regular season record a season ago with a 15-11 overall mark and a 10-6 league record, earned 184 poll points, including three of the 22 first-place votes handed out by the voters. Aurora was the selected as the preseason favorite, garnering 223 poll points, including 12 first-place votes. Lakeland was picked second with 211 poll points and seven first-place votes.
MSOE (161) was picked fourth followed by Benedictine (147), Concordia Wisconsin (145), Dominican (120) and Edgewood (84) to make up the top-eight spots in the poll.
Rockford (81), Wisconsin Lutheran (51) and Concordia Chicago (45) round out the final three spots in the 11-team league.
The NACC's regular season standings determine the teams that qualify for the eight-team conference tournament, while the tournament champion receives the league's automatic bid to the NCAA III Championship Tournament.
Fans can get an early glimpse of the Sabres this year as they will travel to UW-Milwaukee for an Oct. 31 exhibition game at the U.S. Cellular Center. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.
2013-14 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Preseason Coaches' and SIDs' Poll
1. Aurora (12), 223
2. Lakeland (7), 211
3. Marian (3), 184
4. MSOE, 161
5. Benedictine, 147
6. Concordia Wisconsin, 145
7. Dominican, 120
8. Edgewood, 84
9. Rockford, 81
10. Wisconsin Lutheran, 51
11. Concordia Chicago, 45
First-place votes in parentheses
Voted by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors
11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 point scale used
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FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) -- The Marian University men's basketball program has announced it will play an exhibition game against NCAA Division I UW-Milwaukee to tip-off the 2013-14 season. The Sabres will travel to downtown Milwaukee to take on the Panthers at U.S. Cellular Arena, Oct. 31, in a 7 p.m. start.
"This is a great experience for our guys to play a Division I team in a Division I venue and we thank UW-Milwaukee for this opportunity," said Head Coach Mark Boyle, who enters his 26th season.
Marian has never played a Division I team in a regular season or exhibition game, so this marks a ground-breaking opportunity for the Sabres.
"Playing a DI team is obviously going to be a challenge for us, but what a great way to start the season," Boyle added. "Our returning players, especially our seniors, have truly been committed to this program. This is an opportunity to play a quality opponent out of our comfort zone and I see it as both a test and reward to our returning players."
Boyle, who stands as the longest-tenured men's basketball coach in the state of Wisconsin, returns an experienced team that saw a big jump in success a year ago. In 2012-13, the Sabres increased their win total by five, going from 10 wins in 2011-12 to 15, including 10 conference wins which was good for a fifth place overall finish in the standings.
A challenging non-conference regular season schedule is already in the fold for the 2013-14 Sabres and UW-Milwaukee will serve as a precursor and measuring stick for their preparedness heading into the new campaign.
"We know we have to be ready for conference play, so why not jump into the fire to begin with," Boyle said. "If I didn't think this team could benefit from it we wouldn't be playing the game. We are very appreciative of the opportunity and we need to make the most of it."
The contest will be televised on the Horizon League Network and broadcasted on AM 1130 WISN in Milwaukee.