MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (SabreAthletics.com) – The stage was set for another buzzer-beating attempt for the Marian University men's basketball team after host Wisconsin Lutheran College took a 58-57 lead with 8.5 seconds remaining, but junior Drew Binversie's baseline jumper rimmed out and the Warriors escaped with a win by the narrowest of margins inside the Recreation Complex this evening, Jan. 27.
With the score tied at 56-56, Marian sophomore Brandon McCullum gathered a huge offensive rebound to extend the play and was fouled with less than 10 seconds remaining. He split two free throws to give the Sabres (9-10, 8-6 NACC) a one-point advantage. On the missed free throw, WLC's Brett Lubbe was fouled trying to get the rebound and converted both free throw attempts, which proved to be the difference.
Binversie earned a good look from about 15 feet away with time winding down, but his shot rimmed out and the Warriors (10-10, 6-9 NACC) came away with the nail-biting win.
Marian was led by Josh Creed, who poured in 14 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds to lead the way. McCullum added a season-high 12 points, while Carvell Oliver and Montrell Hobbs chipped in eight and nine points, respectively.
Oliver, who was the hero in the team's buzzer-beater win over Edgewood six days ago, started the second half with a seven-point run of his own to cut into a 12-point deficit.
Marian led by as many as four points when Creed's layup made it 54-50 with 4:08 remaining in the second half. Lubbe's decisive free throw in the waning seconds provided the Warriors their first lead since 50-49 at the 5:06 mark
The Warriors went on a 12-2 run to take a 29-21 advantage into halftime. WLC shot just 32.4 percent (11-for-34) from the field, but garnered 14 more shot attempts thanks to 11 first-half offensive rebounds. The Sabres shot 45 percent (9-for-20) from the field, going 0-for-4 from three-point range and just 3-for-8 at the charity stripe.
Marian finished the game 45.5 percent (20-for-44) from the field, including 2-for-10 from three-point range. It held the Warriors to 33.3 percent (20-for-60), while going 4-for-15 from downtown.
WLC was led by Kyle Stelse, who scored a game-high 16 points on 6-for-13 shooting to go along with 11 rebounds. Jake Jarnigo added 11 points.
The Sabres will be back in action this Saturday when they play host to Dominican University (2-17, 2-12 NACC) in an Alumni Day match-up inside Sadoff Gymnasium. Tip-off is set for 4:15 p.m. following the conclusion of the women's game, which begins at 2.
FOND DU LAC, Wisconsin (SabreAthletics.com) – Marian University junior Carvell Oliver completed a stunning come-from-behind victory when his 30-foot buzzer-beater handed visiting Edgewood College a 61-58 defeat in Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference play this evening.
The Manitowoc native capitalized on an Edgewood turnover in the final 3 seconds, crossing half-court and watching it fly as it kissed off the glass in victorious fashion to give the Sabres (9-9, 8-5 NACC) a much-needed win over the Eagles (8-9, 7-5 NACC).
Marian trailed by as many as five points in the final minute when Edgewood's Joe Klocek drained a three from the top of the key to give his team a 58-53 advantage with 43 seconds left. Two Alex Stecker free throws made it a three-point game and, with under 15 seconds remaining, the Oostburg junior came through in the clutch with a play almost as important as Oliver's game-winner.
It started with a steal from behind by Josh Creed and culminated in Stecker's game-tying triple with 10.5 seconds left.
From there, the Eagles called timeout to set up what they thought would be their game-winning opportunity, but it backfired when Dylan Rusch's behind-the-back pass skirted through to Oliver after Klocek slipped and the rest is history.
Creed led all scorers with 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting, while Oliver and Stecker each added 10 points apiece for the Sabres, who shot 48.9 percent (23-for-47) after a stellar 14-for-24 (58.4 percent) performance in the first half.
Marian led 33-26 at the break, but saw a 13-point advantage dwindle with Edgewood's 6-0 run to close the half. The Sabres would end up going nearly 13 minutes of game action with just one field goal made after going the final 4:51 of the first half without a point and just one field goal in the first 7-plus minutes of the second half.
The Eagles were led by Trevor Neale's 15 points on 7-for-8 shooting to go along with nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks. He was the only Eagle in double figures, while Klocek finished one point away with nine.
Before Stecker and Oliver connected on game-changing three's in the final 10.5 seconds, the Sabres had been 0-for-6 from downtown in the second half and just 2-for-10 for the game overall.
The win leap-frogged the Sabres over the Eagles and into a fourth-place tie with Lakeland in the league standings.
Marian enters its bye week before returning to action Saturday, Jan. 31, against Dominican, which will be recognized as Alumni Day inside Sadoff Gymnasium.
FOND DU LAC, Wisconsin (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University men's basketball team led by two points at halftime, but visiting Benedictine University turned in an impressive second-half performance to upset the hosts en route to a 74-62 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference victory inside Sadoff Gymnasium this afternoon.
The Eagles (11-6, 9-3 NACC) overcame a 24-22 halftime deficit to shoot 61.9 percent (13-for-21) in the second half, including 5-for-8 from three-point range and 21-for-24 at the free throw line to take advantage of a foul-ridden final 20 minutes for the Sabres (8-9, 7-5 NACC).
All five Benedictine starters reached double figures with Adam Reynolds leading the way with 15 points on 7-for-10 shooting. Marian's Drew Binversie tied for game-high honors with 15 points to go along with seven rebounds.
With 9:27 remaining in the game, Josh Creed knocked down a three-pointer from the top of the key to cut the deficit to 44-41 and cap an 8-3 run that made it a one-possession game once again.
However, the Eagles would counter with an eight-point spurt and eventually build it up to a 14-point advantage. Free throws would maintain the double-digit lead down the stretch as Benedictine found itself in the double-bonus for the final 8-plus minutes of action.
The Sabres led by two points at halftime despite shooting just 32.1 percent (9-for-28) from the field.
It was a very clean game from start-to-finish as both teams combined for just 17 turnovers with the Sabres committing only seven miscues.
Creed added 13 points for Marian, while Montrell Hobbs chipped in 11 in 34 minutes.
The Sabres will look to rebound Wednesday, Jan. 21, when they play host to Edgewood in their second match-up this season. Edgewood took the first meeting back on Jan. 5, pulling away at the end in a 65-53 win. Wednesday's tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside Sadoff Gymnasium.
SHEBOYGAN, Wisconsin (SabreAthletics.com) – For the third straight time, the Marian University men's basketball team took down NACC rival Lakeland College, erasing a one-point halftime deficit to win handily, 82-65, inside Woltzen Gymnasium, this evening.
The Sabres (8-8, 7-4 NACC) shot over 54 percent from the field and outrebounded the Muskies (11-5, 7-4 NACC) 39-22 in the win. Josh Creed led the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds for his second straight double-double. Montrell Hobbs added 19 points, while Drew Binversie chipped in 16 points, four rebounds and five assists.
With under 9 minutes to go, Brandon Hagenow knocked down a triple to cut the Marian lead to 56-54, but Creed came right back with an answer to bump the advantage back up to five points and sparked an 11-2 run in the process.
Brandon McCullum's three-pointer from the corner preceded an old-fashioned three-point play by Mike Keller to make it 67-56 with 6:20 remaining.
Creed pushed the lead to 73-60 with 2:31 remaining with one of his patented slashing lay-ins from the right wing and the Sabres never looked back.
Marian trailed by as many as nine points in the first half after a Joey Burris three-pointer made it 21-12 with 9:21 remaining in the first half. The Sabres would counter that deficit with an 8-0 run backed by three's from Connor Morovits and Alex Stecker to close the gap. The Muskies would take a 36-35 lead into halftime.
Marian shot an identical 13-for-24 in each half to finish 54.2 percent from the field. Outside of the big three, McCullum finished with eight points, followed by Stecker with five points, three rebounds and seven assists.
Hagenow led Lakeland with 13 points on 2-for-4 shooting and 7-for-8 from the free throw line. Kurt Jansen added 12 points before fouling out in 29 minutes of action, while Travis Kell chipped in nine points and five rebounds. The Muskies shot 42.3 percent (22-for-52) as a team.
Marian looks to build its momentum from tonight as it plays host to Benedictine this Saturday, Jan. 17. For the first time since 1991, Marian basketball will be featured on the airwaves as KFIZ 1450 will broadcast the men's/women's doubleheader. KFIZ personality Wade Bates will have the play-by-play, while Kyle Krueger will supply the color commentary. Tip-off for the men's game is slated for 4:15 p.m.
FOND DU LAC, Wisconsin (SabreAthletics.com) – It was a low-scoring affair for the first 20 minutes between a pair of conference rivals before visiting Concordia University Wisconsin pulled away late in the second half to hand the Marian University men's basketball team its sixth loss in the last seven games with a 56-48 triumph inside Sadoff Gymnasium this evening.
The Sabres (7-8, 6-4 NACC) held the opposition to just 25.8 percent (16-for-62) shooting from the field, but the Falcons (8-6, 7-4 NACC) made up for it in other ways. CUW dominated the glass with a 47-33 edge leading to a 19-6 discrepancy in second-chance points. The Falcons also used a 20-for-23 effort at the charity stripe, while Marian managed to go 9-for-16 in their own right.
Marian's Montrell Hobbs led all scorers with 15 points on 6-for-10 shooting, while Josh Creed claimed his first double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Alex Stecker added 10 points in the loss.
Eric Kittel was the lone CUW player to reach double figures with 14 points, all of coming in the second half. The reigning NACC Player of the Week Mark Scholz tallied seven points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
Marian converted three straight buckets out of halftime and Drew Binversie gave his team a 24-22 lead just 1:42 into the second half. A pair of free throws by Mike Keller stretched the lead to four – Marian's largest of the second half – before Kittel knocked down a three-point. The make was Kittel's second from long range in four second-half possessions. He would go on to make three triples in the final 20 minutes in leading the Falcons.
The Sabres jumped back in front, 35-34, on a Stecker three-pointer from the wing at the 9:55 mark, but that would be their final lead of the game.
A Creed layup at 4:06 remaining would cut the deficit to 45-43 before CUW would push the lead back to six points and seal it at the free throw line down the stretch. The Falcons went a sterling 14-for-15 from the free throw line in the second half.
After jumping out to a 5-0 lead out of the gate and again by five points at 11-6, the Falcons stormed back to take as much as a five-point, 19-14, lead with 2:36 remaining. Marian cut into the deficit with a final bucket by Keller to make it 19-18 at the half. The Sabres shot 32 percent (8-for-25) from the field in the first half, while the Falcons turned in a lowly 22.2 percent (6-for-27) effort in the opening stanza.
With the loss, the Sabres lose ground in the standings, falling two spots to sixth place heading into Thursday's match-up with Lakeland (11-4, 7-3 NACC). Tip-off between the Sabres and Muskies is set for 7 p.m. in Sheboygan.
ROCKFORD, Ill. (SabreAthletics.com) – A big second half propelled the Marian University men's basketball team to a 70-46 victory over host Rockford University and snapped a five-game losing skid in the process inside the Seaver Center, this afternoon, Jan. 10.
Tied at 36-36 at halftime, the Sabres (7-7, 6-3 NACC) outscored the Regents (3-11, 2-7 NACC) 34-10 over the final 20 minutes to secure the win. Sophomore Montrell Hobbs scored 14 points to lead all scorers to go along with five rebounds. Alex Stecker added 11 points, while the Marian bench outscored Rockford 35-12.
The Regents pulled to within 45-43 after a Zach Wallace layup with 12:16 remaining, capping a 5-0 run to keep the game a tight one as it had been throughout. However, over the next 6 minutes, the Sabres would embark on a 16-0 run to take a 61-43 advantage with 6:09 left and would not look back.
The decisive run started with a Carvell Oliver three-pointer and finished with an Alex Stecker triple. Oliver chipped in eight points on 3-for-6 shooting to go along with six rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench. He was 2-for-4 from downtown, contributing to a 7-for-16 (43.8 percent) effort for the Sabres in an efficient day from the outside.
A tie game at halftime, the Sabres shot a blistering 66.7 percent (14-for-21) from the field, including 3-for-5 from three-point range and 5-for-9 from the free throw line. Hobbs scored 12 of his 14 points in the opening stanza on 5-for-7 shooting.
Rockford hung in despite only shooting 44.8 percent (13-for-29) and went 8-for-10 from the charity stripe.
The Sabres return to action Tuesday, Jan. 13, hosting Concordia Wisconsin in a 7 p.m. start inside Sadoff Gymnasium.
MADISON, Wisconsin (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University men's basketball team fell for the fifth straight time this evening, Jan. 5, as a late-game run carried Edgewood College from a three-point deficit to a 65-53 win inside the Edgedome.
The Sabres (6-7, 5-3 NACC), leading 40-37 with 12:18 remaining in the second half, watched the Eagles (6-7, 5-3 NACC) close out the game on a 28-13 run. Marian committed 18 turnovers and was unable to take advantage of a 30-21 rebounding edge, which led to a 12-4 lead in second chance points. Edgewood snapped a six-game losing skid in the all-time series with the win.
Josh Creed led Marian with 15 points on 4-for-11 shooting, while Montrell Hobbs added 10 points to go along with eight rebounds. Edgewood was led by Tal Diekvoss, who scored 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting – all attempts coming from three-point range – while Derek Braucht added 10 points. The Eagles received a balanced scoring effort across the board as 10 different players reached the scoring column.
A Montrell Hobbs tip-in capped an 8-2 run to begin the second half and gave the Sabres their largest lead of the game at 36-31 with 14:51 left. The Eagles would cut the deficit to one point before Creed knocked down a mid-range jumper to make it 40-37 with just over 12 minutes remaining.
Trailing 40-39, Adam Freitag made the most of his 9 minutes of action when he hit back-to-back three-pointers to give Edgewood a 45-42 advantage. The lead would balloon to 12 points with 2:36 left and, just as Marian cut the deficit to 58-48 with still enough time for a potential comeback, Joe Klocek provided the dagger with a three-pointer from the wing to make it 61-48 with just 1:46 left.
Marian's untimely turnovers coupled with key baskets by Edgewood proved to be their demise.
Marian trailed 29-28 at the half after shooting over 48 percent from the field and led by as many as three points. It was the three-ball that gave the Sabres much-needed momentum bursts in the first stanza, thanks to a pair of triples by Alex Stecker and two more by Carvell Oliver and Connor Morovits. Marian was 4-for-8 from downtown in the opening 20 minutes and 0-for-5 in the second half, culminating in just a 36 percent shooting performance.
It's been a rough couple of weeks for a team that ran through the NACC a year ago en route to a conference regular season and tournament championship, having already matched the three losses they suffered in league play all of last season. Marian will have a chance to regroup, however, when it heads to Rockford this Saturday, Jan. 10. Tip-off is set for 4:15 p.m.
LISLE, Illinois (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University men's basketball team put forth a late charge in cutting the deficit to four points with less than 2 minutes left, but host Benedictine University was able to stave off the run and lead wire-to-wire en route to the 80-70 win at the Ada Rice Center, today, Jan. 3.
A 60 percent second-half shooting performance wasn't enough to make up a 16-point halftime deficit for the Sabres (6-6, 5-2 NACC), who fall for the fourth straight time. Marian junior Alex Stecker scored 15 of his game-high 17 points in the second half, while sophomore Josh Creedadded 12 in the final 20 minutes to finish with 16 points. Montrell Hobbs added 10 points in his first start of the year and Carvell Oliver chipped in 9 points off the bench.
The Eagles (7-5, 5-2 NACC) pulled even with the Sabres in the league standings thanks to a 60 percent first-half shooting effort, a 24-for-29 performance at the free throw line and a 30-20 edge on the boards. John Dodson and Mike Balszczyk tied for team-high honors with 15 points, accounting for 20 points combined in a tone-setting first half.
Marian climbed back in the game after trailing by 14 points with under 6 minutes remaining. A 14-4 run started by a Stecker 3-pointer and capped by a Creed layup cut the deficit to 72-68 with 1:53 to go.
With Benedictine leading 74-70, Dodson came up big with the shot clock winding down, converting a nifty scoop shot to put the Eagles back up six with 47 seconds remaining. The bucket forced the Sabres into desperation mode and the Eagles pushed the lead back to double digits, which is how the game would eventually end.
Marian will have a quick turnaround with another road test at NACC-foe Edgewood College Monday, Jan. 5. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in Madison.
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