FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – It wasn't pretty, but the Marian University men's basketball team got the job done with its eighth straight victory as it took care of visiting Wisconsin Lutheran College, 69-58, inside Sadoff Gymnasium, this evening, Jan. 28.
The Sabres (15-4, 13-1 NACC) shot over 50 percent and committed just 11 turnovers, but was unable to pull away from a Warrior team that has been struggling of late until the final minute of the game. Senior Cody Veleke led four Sabres in double figures with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Senior Jeff Harris and freshman Josh Creed each tallied 11 points off the bench, while sophomore Drew Binversie chipped in 10 points.
The Warriors (5-13, 3-11 NACC) shot just 41.8 percent from the field, including 38.5 percent in the second half and went just 8-for-15 from the free throw line. Jake Jarnigo led three in double figures with 13 points, while Taylor Chladek and Kyle Stelse added 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Marian jumped out to an 8-3 advantage early on before WLC marched back and eventually took a 20-17 lead with 8:18 remaining before halftime. Jarnigo and Chladek paced the Warriors with an impressive display of shooting in the first half, combining to go 8-for-11, including 3-for-6 from three-point range.
Chladek gave the Warriors a huge lift off the bench and supplied momentum for his team going into halftime when WLC benefitted from a Marian turnover and he knocked down a three with a few seconds winding down to cut the deficit to 37-33.
Marian led by as many as nine points in the opening stanza by using a 13-2 run late in the half. Veleke capped the run with a three-pointer to give the Sabres a 35-26 lead with 3:09 left.
Wisconsin Lutheran, which has fallen victim to nine single digit losses in conference play, knows a little something about close games. The Warriors came out of halftime and gained the lead quickly, using an 11-4 run to take a 44-41 advantage on a Jarnigo jumper at the 14:31 mark.
However, two Marian possessions later and the Sabres were back in front, 45-44, following a Creed rebound tip-in.
The Sabre bench put together yet another superb effort in a win, outscoring WLC's bench, 28-20. Creed tied Binversie for the team-lead in rebounds and registered two blocks on the evening as well. Montrell Hobbs scored five points and hauled in six rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench.
With 8:29 remaining and the game tied at 52, the Sabres called on Mike Keller and he delivered with a baby hook to give his team a 54-52 lead, one they would not relinquish.
The Sabres are 13-1 in conference play for the first time since opening the 1989-90 Lake Michigan Conference season with an identical mark en route to a regular season championship. With the rest of the league idle due to weather postponements, Marian now holds a 2.5-game lead in the standings.
Marian will head to Illinois to do battle with host Dominican University (4-14, 3-10 NACC) in its next game Saturday, Feb. 1. Tip is set for 2 p.m.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) -- Mark Boyle, Marian University head men's basketball coach, is set to appear on "Hoopsville," a radio show associated with D3Hoops.com and dedicated to Division III basketball, Sunday night, Jan. 26. It will be Boyle's first appearance on the show, which will run from 6-8 p.m. central time.
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Coach Boyle will discuss several topics with producer, creator and host, Dave McHugh, including the program's quick turnaround from a 15-11 season a year ago to their fast 14-4 start to begin this season. Marian, which leads the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference with a 12-1 mark thus far, has won 13 of their last 14 games.
Marian will play host to Wisconsin Lutheran College Tuesday night at 7 p.m. inside Sadoff Gymnasium. The Sabres are asking all who attend to wear their best Neon attire as part of the "Neon Nite" event. First 100 students presenting student I.D. will receive a free t-shirt.
Hoopsville is the only show dedicated to Division III basketball in the world. The show first hit the air in November of 2000 and this season mark's the show eleventh season overall.
Dave McHugh is the creator and host of Hoopsville which broadcasts out of McHugh's personal studios in the Baltimore area. The show airs on Sundays and Thursdays from 7-9 PM EST. Archives of each show are also available On Demand for those who could not tune in while it was on the air.
Each show, Dave talks to coaches, players, administrators, reporters and experts from around the country to take a look at the previous week of Division III basketball and what is ahead. The show also interacts with listeners through Twitter, Facebook, email and a chat room.
Hoopsville has also traveled and broadcast live at the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship Weekend in Salem every year since 2001 including special pre- and post-game coverage at the unique Elite Eight and Final Four in 2013. Hoopsville was also on the road to the women's championship weekend in Holland, Michigan for the first time this season in 2013.
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"Because if you want to talk about Division III basketball, you've got to listen or watch Hoopsville."
MADISON, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – A brutal stretch of six games in 12 days was capped by a second straight overtime win as the first-place Marian University men's basketball team survived Edgewood College on the road, 67-63, to win its seventh straight, Wednesday evening, Jan. 22.
The Sabres(14-4, 12-1 NACC) battled back from 10 points down in the first half to trail by just three at halftime. They led by six points in the second half before the Eagles (9-7, 7-4 NACC) staged a comeback to force overtime. Then in the extra frame, Mike Keller registered an offensive put-back to give the Sabres a 61-59 lead and Drew Binversie finished it off with a pair of game-clinching free throws to seal the win.
Senior Sam Koslowski finished with a team-high 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting, while Cody Veleke, Alex Stecker and Binversie each finished with 10 points apiece. Marian shot 49 percent (24-for-49) in the contest, while holding Edgewood to 38.3 percent (23-for-60) and outscoring the hosts in the paint, 40-32.
"It just came down to defensive stops in overtime and playing together when things got rough," Koslowski said. "This was a huge win for us after playing so many games in a row and it was a nice way to finish the last two weeks. Every player in a blue uniform tonight helped us win this game."
The Sabres jumped out to an early 4-0 lead before the Eagles went on a 20-6 run to take a 10-point advantage at the 13:20 mark in the first half.
Justin Williams turned in a tremendous effort and keyed the big run early on. He finished with a game-high 21 points and 12 rebounds, going 6-of-10 from the field, including 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Dylan Rusch and Emilio Lopez added 16 and 14 points, respectively, for the Eagles.
For the remainder of the first half, the Sabres slowly chipped away at the double-digit deficit. With 10:45 left, Koslowski knocked down a three to cut it to 22-16.
Inside of five minutes in the first half, Montrell Hobbs made a big impact. On three straight possessions, he provided a pair of free throws, a basket to make it a two-point game and a block at the other end of the floor. The freshman finished with eight points, three rebounds and two blocks to lead a bench that outscored Edgewood, 20-3.
The Sabres trailed 33-30 at the break, but was able to tie the game at 38-38 less than five minutes into the second half on a three-point play by Koslowski at the 15:40 mark.
"That gave us a huge momentum boost after trailing most of the game before that," Koslowski said. "We wanted to come out of halftime with a lot more energy. Mike and Cody really picked up their play in the second half and did an awesome job rebounding."
The Sabres used a 14-4 run to take a seven-point advantage on Veleke's layup with 11:23 remaining in regulation and matched their largest lead of the game of eight points on a pair of Keller free throws to make the score 49-41 with just under 10 minutes to go.
Edgewood clawed back, however, and tied the game at 57-all with 3:32 left. Koslowski knocked down a big shot with 1:04 remaining to give the Sabres a 59-57 lead, but Rusch answered back with a layup with 31 seconds left. Binversie missed a jumper in the final few seconds and the Sabres were forced to play their second overtime game in three days.
Keller came up big in the extra-frame, hauling in an offensive rebound and getting the second-chance basket to give Marian a 61-59 lead a little over a minute in.
After a Williams tip-in, Veleke knocked down a 15-foot jumper before an Alex Stecker layup gave the Sabres a four-point lead they would not relinquish.
The Sabres out-rebounded the Eagles, 34-32, in the win.
Marian will get some much-needed rest before returning to the friendly confines of Sadoff Gymnasium where it is 8-0 this season to host Wisconsin Lutheran College (5-11, 3-9 NACC) next Tuesday, Jan. 28. Tip is set for 7 p.m.
DUNBAR, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – Leading comfortably with five minutes to go, the Marian University men's basketball team seemed poised for its sixth straight victory and 12th win in its last 13 games until host Northland International University strung together an improbable 18-0 run tie the game and send it to overtime. However, the Sabres righted the ship and outscored the Pioneers, 14-5, in the extra frame to secure win in their non-conference finale.
Marian (13-4) was led by Jeff Harris' game-high 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including 2-of-4 from downtown. Josh Creed added 14 points and five rebounds, while Drew Binversie chipped in 10 points and nine rebounds.
"You win some games because certain guys step up and Jeff and Drew really stepped up for us," Head Coach Mark Boyle said. "For the majority of the second half, they kept us in it. Josh did a nice job, as well, playing around the rim for us. He was bothering guys' shots on the defensive end and just put together a scrappy effort."
Harris has registered double-digit efforts in three of the last four games, including back-to-back 20-plus point performances.
"Jeff, the whole game, was really steady and gave us what we needed offensively," Boyle said. "He's feeling it right now. He's in his rhythm…Making plays, making shots, and you can just tell he's playing with a lot of confidence."
The Sabres jumped out to a 28-25 lead at the half and led by 18 points with 5:07 left. NIU responded with an improbable run to tie the game, outscoring the Sabres 18-0 over that stretch to send the game to overtime, 62-62.
"They were pretty explosive," Boyle said of NIU. "They had some talented offensive guys that could do a lot of things on the floor. They had guys that could take it off the dribble and guys that could hit shots."
Josh Conover led four Pioneers in double figures with 14 points. Anthony Lewis chipped in 11 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, while Levi Horner added 13 points, including a 3-for-6 effort from three.
In the overtime session, Marian's steady point guard took over.
"Alex Stecker in the overtime was huge," Boyle said. "He took things over by pentrating to the basket, drawing fouls and just did a nice job of taking care of things at a time when we needed him most."
The Sabres outscored NIU, 14-5, in the extra session to pull out the win.
Marian will have one day to prepare for Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference rival Edgewood College when it plays its sixth game in 12 days Wednesday, Jan. 22. Tip is set for 7 p.m. inside the Edgedome in Madison.
LISLE, Ill. (SabreAthletics.com) – Make it 11 wins in its last 12 games and an 11-1 start in Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference play after the Marian University men's basketball team took down another formidable league opponent, this time by coming back from 11 points down to stun host Benedictine University, 81-75, inside the Rice Center, this evening, Jan. 18.
The Sabres (12-4, 11-1 NACC) trailed by as many as 11 points with five minutes left in the first half, but were able to tie the game at 39 apiece going into halftime. The Eagles (7-10, 5-7 NACC) led by single digits for most of the second half, but in the waning minutes, Jeff Harris, Drew Binversie and company staged a comeback that fortified the squad's dominance in league play of late.
Harris led the way with a season-high 29 points on 10-of-13 shooting in 24 minutes off the bench, while Binversie added 21 points two rebounds and four assists, going 11-for-13 at the free throw line. Senior Sam Koslowski chipped in 13 points, four rebounds and two assists as well.
"We outlasted them," Head Coach Mark Boyle said. "We got behind, but we stayed right there. When it came down to the end, we made the right plays. It was a gritty effort on our part."
Other than the first bucket of the second half to break a 39-all tie, the Eagles quickly regained the lead and held it until inside of two minutes to go. Koslowski, who gave the Sabres the brief lead at the outset of the half, gave them their final lead for good, converting two free throws with 1:48 to go following a key rebound after a Tim McGinty missed three-pointer. McGinty finished with a team-high 17 points and seven rebounds.
Koslowski's free throws followed up a three-point play by Binversie on the previous Marian possession that tied the game at 71-71. The Sabres would complete a 7-0 run to take a 75-71 lead when senior Cody Veleke knocked down a jumper in the paint with 1:29 to go.
After two McGinty free throws brought the Marian lead back down to two, Binversie found Harris, who drained a cold-blooded three to make it a five-point game with just 35 seconds to go. It proved too much for Benedictine to overcome as it was stunned by a resilient Marian squad.
"Benedictine played well," Boyle said. "It was a hard-fought battle and we had to work our tails off to win this game. It came down to the last couple of minutes and Jeff and Drew played really well down the stretch."
Boyle went on to say that it wasn't one of their best defensive efforts, evidenced by Benedictine's 33-18 dominance on the glass, in addition to, a 48.1 percent (25-for-52) shooting performance – including a 51.9 percent first-half display.
"We were really unselfish with the ball and guys were good about getting the right guys open to make plays," Boyle added. "It was a real team effort to get it to that point."
The Sabres shot an impressive 57.8 percent (26-for-45) from the field, including an efficient 7-for-10 from downtown and 22-for-28 from the foul line in the win. Alex Stecker and Binversie each finished with four assists as Marian dished out 15 helpers on its 26 baskets in all.
The Sabres committed just 10 turnovers, while causing 15 and turning those Eagle miscues into 22 points. The win resulted in the second season sweep for the Sabres this season after an 82-74 win over Benedictine back on Jan. 4. The Sabres have also swept Rockford in both regular season meetings this year.
Marian won three games in the same week for the second time this season, defeating MSOE, Wisconsin Lutheran and Rockford during a stretch that took place between Dec. 3-7.
The Sabres will have another quick turnaround as they head to Dunbar, Wis. Monday, Jan. 20, and take on Northland International University in the non-conference finale. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – A dominating first half coupled with a stifling effort on the defense end keyed a Marian University men's basketball victory over arch-rival Lakeland College in a battle of the top-two teams in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, this evening, Jan. 16. The host Sabres used a 16-point halftime lead on the way to an 83-75 win over the Muskies.
Sophomore guard Alex Stecker registered a career-high 21 points on 6-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-4 from downtown. Senior Cody Veleke added 16 points and seven rebounds, while senior Jeff Harris chipped in 13 points off the bench. Marian (11-4, 10-1 NACC) held the highest-scoring team in the league at bay, while containing the front-runner for NACC Player of the Year, Justin Ward, well below his league-leading season averages in points and rebounds en route to the win.
"This was a really big win for us," Head Coach Mark Boyle said. "We have really struggled with Lakeland in recent years and we jumped on them early with a first half that was one of the best halves of basketball we have played this year."
The Sabres put an end to an eight-game skid to their rivals, having not beaten Lakeland (11-4, 7-3 NACC) previously since 2010.
After the Muskies jumped out to a 16-13 lead at the 13:28 mark in the first half, the Sabres embarked on an 8-0 run fueled by back-to-back three's by Stecker and Harris to take the lead, one they would not relinquish.
Marian closed out the first half on a 19-6 run behind 12 points from Stecker and a 53.1 percent (17-for-32) effort from the field. Lakeland shot just 37 percent, while Ward – who entered the game leading the league with 21.4 points and 10.5 rebounds per game – registered just six points and four rebounds in 18 minutes of action.
"Alex was tough," Boyle said. "He played great offensively and, it might go unnoticed, but he had a great game defensively as well.
"We knew with that big of a lead that Lakeland would be coming at us with a little more urgency on defense, so we had to be ready for that," Boyle said in how the team approached the second half.
The Muskies forced the Sabres into nine second-half turnovers, while holding them under 41 percent shooting. However, the Marian defensive unit stood tall to the task at the other end in keeping Lakeland's playmakers from impacting the game.
"Cody played excellent defense and our help side was key as well," Boyle said of containing Ward on the offensive end.
The senior forward finished a season-low 11 points on 3-of-7 shooting, adding eight rebounds and four blocks.
Offensively, the Sabres finished the game shooting 48.1 percent (26-of-54), while going 7-for-17 from downtown and 24-for-30 from the foul line.
The Muskies cut the deficit to as few as six points over the final two minutes, but free throws down the stretch sealed it for the Blue and White, while increasing their conference lead to two games in the standings.
Marian will eye a season sweep over Benedictine University in a match-up set for this Saturday, Jan. 18. The Sabres defeated the Eagles at home back on Jan. 4, by a score of 82-74. Saturday's tip-off in Lisle, Ill. is set for 5 p.m.
MEQUON, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – Suffocating defense and another balanced effort offensively put an end to a 12-game losing streak in the all-time series and sent the Marian University men's basketball team to a convincing, 75-55, victory over host Concordia University Wisconsin inside John Buuck Field House, Tuesday evening, Jan. 14.
The Sabres (10-4, 9-1 NACC) held the Falcons – who entered the game third in the league with 83.3 ppg in conference play – to just 32.7 (18-for-55) percent shooting and forced them into 19 turnovers, which were turned into 19 points as Marian picked up its first victory over CUW (7-7, 5-5 NACC) since 2007. Marian shot 60 percent in the second half and finished the game 50.9 percent (28-for-55) from the field.
"It was a great effort and the guys really stuck to the game plan," Head Coach Mark Boyle said. "We controlled the pace and played good defense against a team that scores a lot of points."
Senior Cody Veleke led all scorers with 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting and 5-for-5 from the foul line. Freshman Josh Creed turned in his fourth straight double digit performance on the bench with a career-high 16 points on 8-of-13 from the field, while adding five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal. Sophomore Alex Stecker chipped in a season-high 11 points to go with four rebounds and six assists.
After two quick lead changes in the opening stages, the Sabres seized control with a 12-2 run to take a 14-5 lead just 6:06 into the game and never looked back.
"That early run in the first half, we got a couple turnovers when we needed them," Boyle said. "The dunk by Josh [Creed] and the three by Jeff [Harris] really gave us confidence."
Marian finished the half on an 11-4 run to grab a 12-point, 34-22, advantage at the midway point. The Sabres put eight players in the scoring column with a balanced first half and held the Falcons to just 26 percent shooting from the field.
Out of halftime, senior Sam Koslowski drained a three to give Marian its biggest lead of the game at that point, 37-22. The Neenah native would finish with a modest eight points on 2-of-3 shooting, both field goals connected from downtown. He added six rebounds and two assists as well.
A 10-0 run by the Falcons followed and forced Boyle to call a timeout.
"It was a time when we needed to make sure we got a good shot," Boyle said. "The guys just needed to regroup. We had to get back to what we were doing before we let it get too far away."
And regroup, they did. The two main cogs of the night for the Sabres were Veleke and Creed, who combined for 23 second-half points on 10-for-11 shooting and 3-for-3 from the free throw line.
Creed notched six points on the rally-killing 14-0 run to take a seven-point game into a 21-point blowout with 9:17 remaining in regulation. Veleke capped the run with an emphatic three-point play.
"I think he's gained some confidence and that's been the key to him stepping it up," Boyle said of Creed during his streak of four straight double-digit-point efforts. "He knows what he should be doing and he's going after it.
"Our bench guys are playing with a sense of urgency and focus and they are making things happen," added Boyle. "There's no drop off in energy and they pick us up."
For the remainder of the contest, the lead hovered around 20 points and revealed the staying power of this year's squad with a solid all-around effort for its ninth conference win in 10 games.
Marian will take on idle and second-place Lakeland (11-3, 7-2 NACC) in a highly-anticipated match-up inside Sadoff Gymnasium in Fond du Lac this Thursday, Jan. 16. The Sabres will look to break another long, unfavorable streak as they try to end an eight-game skid against their league rivals.
"It's the second game in a big week," Boyle said of Thursday's game against Lakeland. "Tonight's win gives us confidence and we are starting to accomplish the standard to which we want to play. It's another challenge and will be a good measure of where we're at."
Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – Behind a balanced scoring attack and a 29-10 margin in points off turnovers, the Marian University men's basketball team posted an 83-70 home victory over Rockford University, completing the regular season sweep over the Regents inside Sadoff Gymnasium, this afternoon, Jan. 11.
The Sabres (9-4, 8-1 NACC) maintained their one-game lead in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference standings with the 13-point win and it wasn't even that close. Marian led by as many as 23 points in the contest and maintained a double digit lead for the majority of the second half. The Sabres forced 15 first-half turnovers and converted them into 24 points to fuel its margin early on.
Six Sabres finished in double figures led by senior Cody Veleke's 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Senior Jeff Harris and freshman Josh Creed combined for 25 points, nine rebounds and seven steals off the bench as Marian outscored Rockford's bench, 37-15. Sophomore Brad Koth chipped in 11 points, while sophomore Drew Binversie and Sam Koslowski added 12 and 10 points, respectively. Junior Mike Keller fell one point shy of making it seven in double digits as he finished with nine points and seven rebounds.
"I thought we did a nice job of controlling the pace of the game and keeping possession of the ball," Head Coach Mark Boyle said. "We showed more consistency and the guys maintained their focus and I think it showed."
Rockford (8-7, 4-6 NACC) was coming off a loss to Lakeland in which it turned the ball over 31 times and the Sabres forced them into 22 more this afternoon.
"They want an upbeat game with a lot of possessions and quicker pace," Boyle said. "We're a team that can get up the floor as well, but we want to dictate that. We did a good job of containing their penetration and we were able to force them into some costly turnovers."
Over a span of 4:32 in the first half, the Sabres turned a 24-23 lead into a 14-point advantage with a 13-0 run. Marian forced four turnovers thanks to Binversie, Harris and Veleke. Harris capped the impressive run with a three-pointer at the 3:44 mark and it took the wind out of the Rockford sails.
"Drew played a solid game on both ends of the floor," Boyle said." That was really important. And Jeff and Josh [Creed] was key in the first half in creating turnovers and giving us a boost offensively."
The Sabres kept the throttle down in the second half, boosting the lead to as many as 23 points at 80-57 with 5:31 remaining in regulation. Koth scored all 11 of his points in the second half, going 4-for-5 from the field, including 3-of-4 from downtown.
Rockford was led by Scott Suchy's game-high 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting. David Dixon, who came into the game with a league-leading 22.1 points per game, was held to just 14, but added a game-high 16 rebounds for a double-double.
"It's always nice to have momentum," Boyle said. "I thought we took a nice step tonight and we're going to have to look to repeat our consistency going forward."
The Sabres will face a difficult stretch as next week presents three challenging tests, beginning with a road match-up at Concordia University Wisconsin (7-6, 5-4 NACC) Tuesday, Jan. 14. Marian will return home to face second-place Lakeland College (11-3, 7-2 NACC) Thursday, Jan. 16, followed by Benedictine University (5-9, 3-6 NACC) on the road Saturday, Jan. 18.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – A career-high 32 points by senior guard Sam Koslowski led the way as the Marian University men's basketball team regained sole possession of first place in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference following an 82-74 victory over Benedictine University inside Sadoff Gymnasium, this afternoon, Jan. 4.
The Neenah native connected on eight three-pointers and went 10-for-13 from the field to finish with a career-high 32 points, 20 of those coming in the first half. The Sabres shot over 56 percent from the field for the second straight game, going 28-of-50 from the floor and converting a season-high 10 three's on 17 attempts to outlast the Eagles. With Aurora's loss at Lakeland, the Sabres find themselves alone in first place once again.
Marian never trailed in the contest, jumping out to its largest lead of the game with a 51-36 halftime advantage after shooting 63.3 percent (19-for-30) from the field, including 8-for-12 from three-point range. The Eagles cut the deficit to one point, 68-67, with 6:06 remaining in the game, but an 11-2 Marian run – equipped with two Koslowski three-pointers – followed and quickly built the lead back to double digits.
"It was good to get the win after coming off Christmas break," Head Coach Mark Boyle said. "We were a little rough around the edges, but we did a really nice job of sharing the ball, especially in the first half."
Marian improved to 8-4 overall, 7-1 in the NACC with the win, while Benedictine dropped to 4-8 (2-5 NACC) after its fourth single-digit loss in league play.
Over less than a four-minute span, Sam Koslowski went on a three-point barrage, extending a 9-4 Marian lead into a 26-11 advantage after hitting five consecutive three's. The Sabres finished the half on an 11-4 run to take a 51-36 lead into the break. Marian registered 15 assists on 19 made baskets in the opening stanza and finished the game with 21 assists on 28 field goals.
Despite shooting over 59 percent (13-for-22) from the floor, the Eagles still found themselves down by double digits.
Benedictine put together another stellar shooting performance in the second half, going 14-for-27 (51.9 percent), but only 1-for-8 from long distance.
"Benedictine didn't give up when they were down and found soft spots in our defense," Boyle said.
The Eagles used a 19-5 run to pull within a point at 66-65 with 6:46 remaining thanks to the solid play of Tim McGinty, who turned in a team-high 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Michael Woolf and John Dodson also reached double figures with 16 and 10 points, respectively.
Back-to-back buckets by Mike Keller extended the Sabre lead to three points on back-to-back possessions as the Eagles continued to keep it a one possession game. However, a pair of free throws followed by a three-pointer from Koslowski gave Marian some breathing room and lead grew again quickly.
Alex Stecker returned to the Marian starting lineup and provided immediate dividends, scoring nine points by going 4-for-4 from the field, while adding three assists in 25 minutes. Drew Binversie chipped in nine points as well to go along with a team-high six assists.
The Sabres will have the week to rest before returning home to host Rockford University next Saturday, Jan. 11.
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