RIVER FOREST, Ill. - Four Sabres recorded double-figures as Marian University men's basketball (4-9, 3-5 NACC) rallied late to defeat Concordia Chicago 85-73.
In the first half, the Sabres and Cougars would trade baskets early to start the game with the Sabres holding the one-point lead at 12-11 with under 12 minutes left to play. The Sabres would take the first healthy lead of the game using an 8-0 run to take a 20-13 lead. Concordia Chicago battled back, however, to cut the deficit to one at 32-31 with 1:29 left in the half.
Marian then closed out the half with a quick 6-0 run that extended the MU lead out to 38-31 heading into the locker room.
The Cougars and Sabres went back-and-forth with CUC slowly chipping away at the Sabre lead until the Cougars took their first lead of the half at 51-50 with 10:16 left in regulation. The game continued to be a battle on both sides with the Cougars leading 60-58 with 5:29 left when the Sabres used an extended run to put away CUC.
MU would shoot 6-7 from the field in the following minutes as part of a 19-3 run that allowed the Sabres to build a 77-63 lead with just 1:20 remaining. Marian was then able to put the game away from the charity stripe in the final minute setting the final at 85-73.
The Marian offense once again put together a good game shooting 30-61 (.492) from the field including 5-16 (.313) from beyond the arc. The Sabre defense would force 18 Cougar turnovers and turned that into 28 points.
Sophomores Tyrese Pinson and Kelvin Jones each netted a game-high 19 points to lead the offense with Pinson nearly missing out on a double-double with nine rebounds. Junior Alex Manhardt came off the bench, shooting 7-12 for the game, to chip in 18 points and eight rebounds.
Marian hits the road once again traveling to MSOE Tuesday, Jan. 10 for a 7 p.m. tip.
FOND DU LAC, Wis.-Marian men's basketball (3-9, 2-5 NACC) defeated conference rival Lakeland University in convincing fashion by a final score of 84-74.
The Sabres pounced on the Muskies early in the first half connecting on their first three attempts from the floor as part of a 9-4 forcing a Lakeland timeout. Marian would not surrender the lead for the remainder of the half as the Sabre defense shut down the Muskie offense and the Sabres would take a 39-33 lead into the break.
The Muskies fought back to open the second half, however, as they were able to chip away at the Marian lead. A Muskie layup would cut the lead to one at 46-45 resulting in a Sabre timeout with 16:40 in regulation. Throughout the next five minutes, the Sabre lead would grow no greater than four with the Muskies tying the game at 55 with 11:20 left in regulation.
This would be as close as Lakeland could manage, however, as the Sabres made back-to-back three-pointers to extend their lead to six. The Sabres rode that momentum to build their lead out to 74-59 with the final eventually settling at 84-74.
Four of the five Sabre starters recorded double-digit points on the day with junior Alex Manhardt leading the way with 23. Manhardt also collected 10 rebounds on the day recording his second double-double on the season. Sophomore Kelvin Jones added 18 points and 6 assists.
Marian hits the road for a 4:15 p.m. tip at Concordia Chicago Saturday, Jan. 7.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. - Marian University men's basketball (2-9, 1-5 NACC) pulled out a comeback win against Dominican University by a final score of 61-56.
It was a back-and-forth affair early in the first half as Dominican held the early 7-4 lead. The Stars would control most of the first half taking a 24-17 lead which resulted in a Marian timeout. The Sabres fought back into the game, however, cutting the deficit down to 28-24 with 52 seconds left. A late basket at the end of the half allowed Dominican to take a 30-24 lead into halftime.
Coming out of halftime Marian would tie the game at 36 off a jump shot from junior Alex Manhardt. Both sides would trade baskets for the next four minutes leading to a Marian timeout. Out of the timeout, the Stars would capitalize and expand their lead to seven with eight minutes left in regulation.
Marian would then gain momentum and cut the Star lead to one off a Sabre free throw. Freshman Trentin Fouse then tied the game at 53 with a three-point shot with 3:50 left in the game. Two free throws from Ryan Biffert later allowed the Sabres to claim the lead at 57-56 with just 1:08 remaining. The Sabre defense then stood tall the remainder of the game not allowing a single Dominican point leading to the 61-56 final.
The Marian defense would hold the Stars to 21-54 (.389) shooting while forcing 13 turnovers.
Leading the way for the Sabres was sophomore Ryan Biffert who had an impressive game on both sides of the ball finishing with 15 points and six rebounds. Freshman Will Polczynski added 11 points and eight rebounds of his own, while sophomore Kelvin Jones came off the bench to give the MU 13 points.
Marian will be back in action Wednesday, Jan. 4 when the Sabres host Lakeland for a 7 p.m. tip.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. - It was an impressive effort on both sides of the ball as Marian men's basketball (1-9, 0-5 NACC) defeated Finlandia University by a final score of 77-63 for their first win of the season.
The Sabres would come out of the gate fast causing Lion turnovers which Marian would capitalize on the offensive side of the ball. Marian would score nine unanswered points which led to a Finlandia timeout. Marian would not surrender the lead for the rest of the half as they entered intermission 43-29.
In the second half, Marian picked up where they left off as they would continue to force Lion turnovers converting into Sabre points.
However, Finlandia would not give up as they slowly chipped away at the Sabre lead. At the 6:22 mark of the half, a Finlandia three-pointer would cut the game to under 10 marking the first time since early in the first half the Sabre lead was single digits. The Lions would cut the lead to as little as six with under 3 minutes left to play off back-to-back layups. A Marian timeout proved to be a big factor as the MU defense held Finlandia scoreless the remainder of the game following the timeout.
The Sabre defense would collect 16 steals forcing a total of 22 Lion turnovers resulting in 36 points off turnovers. Marian would also shoot 28-58 (.483) from the field.
Sophomore Evan Hansen led the way for Marian finishing the game shooting 11-13 (.846) for a career-high 25 points. Sophomore Tyrese Pinson recorded his first double-double of the season finishing with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Marian concludes 2016 at home on December 31 as they welcome NACC foe Dominican University to Sadoff gymnasium for a 3:15 p.m. tip.
ROCKFORD, Ill. - Five players would score double figures in a double overtime thriller with Rockford but Marian men's basketball (0-9, 0-5 NACC) would fall on a Regent buzzer beater 98-96.
The Regents would take the lead early in the first half starting the game hot from the field but Marian would bounce back using a timeout to tie the game at 5:32 left in the half. The rest of the half was back-and-forth action and Marian would hold a slight lead heading into halftime 38-36.
Marian and Rockford would continue where the first half left off as both teams would trade baskets early in the second half. The tight action saw four ties and neither side holding a lead greater than six.
Throughout the final three minutes of play, Rockford held a slim five-point lead, but junior Alex Manhardt would cut the lead down to two with under 50 seconds left in regulation. The Sabres were able to get the defensive stop they needed and were able to capitalize on the offensive front with a pair of free throws from freshman Charlie Witek to force overtime.
In overtime, the Regents and Sabres would continue to trade baskets again. Rockford would hold the lead 84-82 with 11 seconds left, but Marian would again be at the line with an opportunity to tie the game. This time it would be sophomore Evan Hansen who sunk a pair of clutch free throws to force a second overtime.
The second overtime followed the script from the entire game with tight action and neither team leading by more than four points. A Manhardt layup and free throw gave Marian a one-point lead but a three-pointer from Rockford in the final second of action allowed the Regents to sneak out the 98-96 win.
Manhardt led the way with his first double-double of the year finishing with 22 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Sophomore Kelvin Jones gave a spark off the bench for the Sabre offense finishing with 19 points, while Hansen chipped in 17 points. Witek would nearly collect a double-double himself with 13 points and eight rebounds.
Marian will next be in action Saturday, December 17 as they travel to Benedictine University for a 4:15 p.m. tip.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. - Marian University men's basketball (0-8, 0-4 NACC) nearly came back from a double-digit deficit in the final 10 minutes of their NACC contest against Aurora, but the Spartans were able to hold on with a final of 91-84.
It was all Aurora University early in the first half as they opened the scoring with a 7-0 run to take the early 10-1 lead. Aurora would then go on to extend their lead to 23-8 after a Spartan three-pointer. The Sabres would battle back around the 2:32 mark of the first half, but the Spartans would take the lead into halftime 47-33.
Aurora opened the game shooting 17-34 (.500) from the field including 9-17 (.529) from beyond the arc. The Sabre offense was extremely balanced in the opening half with six Sabres scoring five or more points.
In the second half, it was a rejuvenated Sabre offense that pulled the Spartan lead within 14 off a three-pointer from sophomore Kelvin Jones. The Sabres continued to chip away and a Marian dunk by sophomore Ryan Biffert along with a three-pointer by sophomore Evan Hansen would cut the Aurora led to 10 with 7:19 to play.
Off a Spartan turnover, the Sabres would shrink the lead to single digits with a three-pointer from freshman Armon Osbourne. Back-to-back layups by Hansen would shrink the Spartan lead to two with under three minutes left in regulation and eventually down to one with a pair of free throws from Hansen. This would be as close as Marian would get, however, as the Spartans were able to hold on in the final minute for the 91-84 NACC win.
The Sabres were able to outscore the Spartans 51-44 in the second half shooting 20-35 (.571) from the field.
The MU offense was led by Hansen who finished the game with a career-high 23 points and three steals. Junior Alex Manhardt chipped in 13 points along with seven rebounds. Freshman Charlie Witek came off the bench to add 12 points to the Sabre effort.
Marian next hits the road Saturday, Dec. 10 for a 4:15 p.m. tip against Rockford.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. - Marian University men's basketball (0-7, 0-3 NACC) was defeated by No. 14 Benedictine University 95-66 at Sadoff in NACC action.
Hot shooting propelled the Eagles in the first half as they connected 17-27 (.630) from the field. The Sabres would keep the game close with sophomore Tyrese Pinson collecting the first seven points of the game for Marian. Throughout the first half, the Eagles would connect on eight baskets from beyond the three-point line leading to a 49-27 advantage heading into halftime.
In the second half, The Eagles would continue their hot shooting finishing 32-58 (.552) from the field en route to a 95-66 win.
Pinson led the way for Marian finishing the game with 16 points and four rebounds. Junior Alex Manhardt chipped in 14 points along with eight rebounds.
Marian will be back in action Tuesday, December 6 as MU continues conference play against Aurora with tip set for 7 p.m.
MILWAUKEE - Marian University men's basketball (0-6, 0-2 NACC) fell to Wisconsin Lutheran by a 66-65 final in another close road contest.
Freshman Will Polczynski would score 8 of the Sabres first 12 points as Marian took an early 12-8 lead. Down 21-16, the Sabres would go on a 17-0 run that gave Marian a 33-25 lead going into halftime.
The Marian defense was especially strong in the opening half holding Wisconsin Lutheran to 9-31 (.290) shooting and forcing 13 Warrior turnovers. Polczynski led the way with a game-high 13 points in the first half.
In the second half, the Warriors would chip away at the Sabre lead cutting the MU advantage to three forcing a Marian timeout midway through the second half. Out of the timeout, the Sabre defense would come alive once again propelling the Sabres to an 8-2 run that gave MU a seven point lead with under 12 minutes left in regulation.
Both teams would trade baskets for the next couple of minutes with the lead growing no bigger than four after the Warriors tied the game at 46. The tight game went down to the wire as the pair of teams found themselves knotted at 65-65. The Warriors would sink one of two free throws with under 10 seconds left and a last-second Sabre shot would be off the mark leading to the 66-65 final.
MU outscored WLC 36-28 in the paint and 23-13 in points off turnovers, but the Warriors would outrebound Marian 45-38.
Polczynski led the way for the Sabres with a team-high 19 points and grabbed four rebounds. Junior Alex Manhardt and sophomore Tyrese Pinson each narrowly missed out on double-doubles as Manhardt would score 13 points with nine rebounds and Pinson added 12 points and nine rebounds.
Marian returns home to host Benedictine Saturday, December 3 for the first NACC doubleheader of the season at Sadoff Gym.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - Marian University men's basketball (0-5, 0-1 NACC) fell to UW-Eau Claire in non-conference play by a final score of 79-49.
The Blugolds jumped out on the Sabres early in the first half taking a 14-9 lead following a Marian turnover. Marian chipped away at the Eau Claire lead as they cut the Blugold lead to 2 with 11 minutes left to play in the first half. The Blugolds would go on an 8-0 run, however, with 9 minutes left to play and took a 44-27 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the Blugold offense continued to roll as they extended the lead to as large as 27 midway through the half. Cold shooting and costly turnovers would be the downfall for the Sabres as they fell by a final score of 79-49.
Sophomore Tyrese Pinson led the offense with a team-high six points.
Marian is next in action Wednesday, Nov. 30 as the Sabres return to NACC play at Wisconsin Lutheran with a 7 p.m. tip.
MEQUON, Wis. - Marian Universtiy men's basketball (0-4, 0-1 NACC) fell in a close contest to open NACC play to Concordia Wisconsin by a final score of 80-78.
The Sabre defense came to play early as they forced four turnovers off of four steals. Marian would use this advantage as they claimed a 12 point lead with just under eight minutes to play in the first half. Tha Falcons were able to narrow the gap, however, cutting the deficit down to five at 28-23 forcing a Sabre timeout. Marian benefited from the break and were able to hold off the charge into halftime with a 36-30 lead.
The Sabres would shoot well in the opening half going 15-33 (.455) from the field led by sophomore Evan Hansen who netted 11 points.
The Falcons chipped away at the Sabre lead to open the second half putting the score at 42-38 with 16 minutes left in regulation. Marian continued to battle but Concordia Wisconsin would eventually take their first lead since the first half at the 8-minute mark.
The game then turned into a back-and-forth affair with the score ultimately leading to a 78-78 tie with only 18 seconds left to play. The Falcons would beat the clock and convert on a last-second layup to clinch the 80-78 victory.
The Sabres finished the game shooting 29-58 (.500) from the field including 5-8 (.625) from the three-point line.
Junior Alex Manhardt led the way for Marian with 16 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three blocks. Sophomores Tyrese Pinson and Ryan Biffert each put together a nice night chipping in 16 and 14 points, respectively.
Marian continues their road trip traveling to UW-Eau Claire Saturday, Nov. 26 for a 3 p.m. tip-off.
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