MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The Marian Sabres dropped a heartbreaking 76-74 decision to the Wisconsin Lutheran Warriors Tuesday evening in Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference action.
MU, down by as much as 14 points, rallied late to take the lead and Connor Morovits nailed a jumper at 5:44 in the second half to give the Sabres a 58-55 advantage.
Just when MU was about to seize control of the game, the Warriors outscored the Sabres 21-16 during the final five minutes of regulation.
The backcourt of Reggie Roemer and Alex Stecker played well for the Blue and White. Roemer, a Madison native, scored a team-high 21 points and was 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. Stecker tied a career mark with six trey balls en route to scoring 20 points.
Alex Manhardt continued his torrid pace since joining the active roster in late December and scored 11 points and hauled in eight boards, narrowly missing out on his second double-double of the season.
Newcomer Kelvin Jones finished with a career-high 10 points and was 2-for-2 from the 3-point line.
Collin Kennedy scored a game-high 28 points to lead WLC (8-10, 6-7 NACC).
The MU defense forced 14 turnovers and turned them into 20 points. However, the Warriors dominated in front of the basket and outrebounded the Sabres 40-29. MU was also outscored in the paint 34-24.
MU (9-10, 6-8 NACC) returns to action Feb. 3 at Concordia Wisconsin.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Sophomore Alex Manhardt scored a career-high 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field but Aurora rallied late in the second half to top Marian 77-69 Saturday afternoon in Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference action at Sadoff Gymnasium.
The game was evenly matched with a total of 15 lead changes and seven ties. MU's largest lead was a 10-point advantage at 12:09 in the first half.
In the opening period the Sabres went to Manhardt early and often. The West Bend, Wis. native was 7-of-8 from the floor for 16 points. He also grabbed five rebounds.
After 20 minutes of play the Sabres and Spartans went into halftime knotted at 35. For the half MU shot a scorching 48 percent (15-of-31) from the field.
Both teams traded baskets to start the second half but at the 12-minute mark Josh Creed hit a jumper and the Sabres opened up a 55-49 advantage. However, over the ensuing six minutes of play AU (14-3, 10-2 NACC) went on a 15-5 run and led 64-60 with 5:49 remaining.
With 2:45 on the clock Carvell Oliver converted a mid-range jumper to bring the Sabres to within one at 67-66. AU responded with buckets on its next two possessions to put the game out of reach.
Creed finished the afternoon with 17 points and seven rebounds.
Nick Kladis scored 23 points to lead AU.
Marian (9-9, 6-7 NACC) returns to the hardwood Tuesday at Wisconsin Lutheran.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Senior Alex Stecker delivered big when it mattered the most.
With three seconds remaining in overtime Stecker hit a jumper at the top of the key to propel Marian past Lakeland 72-70 in a critical Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference tilt at a raucous Sadoff Gymnasium.
For Stecker the basket was a sense of redemption.
"To win the game for my team was all that I could ask for," Stecker said. "I felt that I didn't play at my best today, but my teammates and coaches had faith in me and that's all that mattered. Feels great to get the conference win as we continue to work towards our goal."
However, the overtime period almost didn't happen.
With eight seconds remaining in the second half and trailing 61-58 Josh Creed was fouled on a 3-pointer. The junior went to the line and hit his free throws to send the game into overtime.
"Josh Creed played great," MU head coach Mark Boyle said following the game. "He really put the team on his back in a critical situation and delivered."
Creed finished the night with 22 points and 15 rebounds.
Sophomore Alex Manhardt scored 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. He also helped out with six rebounds. Fellow sophomore Reggie Roemer chipped in 10 points.
The Sabres dominated in the paint with 49 rebounds and 32 points.
Tanner Hackl scored a game-high 25 points to lead LC (10-7, 6-6 NACC).
MU (9-8, 6-6 NACC) returns to the hardwood Saturday versus Aurora.
RIVER FOREST, Ill. – Reggie Roemer scored a game-high 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field to lead Marian past Dominican past 87-84 Saturday afternoon in Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference action played at the Igini Sports Forum.
In the first half the Sabres went to Connor Morovits early and often and it paid instant dividends. The senior finished the half with 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting from behind the 3-point line.
Morovits nailed his final 3-pointer of the half with 45 seconds remaining and the Sabres went into the break with a 42-35 advantage.
The Stars clawed back in the second half at tied it at 52-52 with 14:13 remaining. MU swiftly responded and Alex Stecker swished a 3-pointer that led to a brief 7-2 run that lasted over two minutes.
From there the Stars threatened, but the Blue and White defense held true to close out the win.
Alex Manhardt scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to record his first career double-double.
Stecker dropped 14 points and hauled in six rebounds.
As a team the Sabres shot 55 percent (33-of-60) from the field, while the Stars connected on 47 percent (31-of-65) of its shots from the floor.
Tim Robertson scored 19 points to lead DU (2-12, 1-9 NACC).
MU (8-8, 5-6 NACC) winners of three-straight hosts Lakeland on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Tip is set for 7 p.m.
MADISON, Wis. – Josh Creed scored 16 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to post his first double-double of the season as Marian raced past Edgewood 74-58 Thursday evening in Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference action at the Edgedome.
At 16:10 in the first half MU led 8-5 and Reggie Roemer, a Madison native, drilled a 3-pointer that jump-started a 22-5 run that lasted nearly 10 minutes and the Sabres opened up a commanding 33-10 lead.
Kelvin Jones converted a 3-pointer in the waning moments of the half and the Sabres went into the break with a 43-21 advantage.
MU continued its offensive output in the second half and a Creed tip-in at 17:05 extended the Sabres' lead to 51-21 – the largest lead of the game.
Alex Manhardt, who made his first start of the season, dropped 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field. He also grabbed five rebounds.
Roemer helped out with 14 points and hauled in seven rebounds.
MU won the battle in front of the basket and as a team grabbed 54 rebounds and scored 30 points in the paint.
Spencer Barnes scored 12 points to lead the Eagles (1-14, 1-9 NACC).
MU (7-8, 4-6 NACC) returns to the hardwood Saturday at Dominican.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. – The Marian men's basketball team went 5-of-5 from the free throw line in the final 22 second of overtime to edge MSOE 100-96 Tuesday evening in a thrilling Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference contest at Sadoff Gymnasium.
With 42 seconds remaining in overtime, Alex Manhardt found space in the lane and broke a 93-93 tie. On the Sabres next possession Carvell Oliver was fouled and he hit both of his free throws to extend the Sabres' lead to 97-93.
MSOE countered with a 3-pointer and cut the deficit to within one at 97-96.
On the ensuing possession Reggie Roemer drained his free throws and Oliver added an insurance free throw with four seconds remaining to secure the win.
Manhardt, a West Bend, Wis. native, came off the bench to score a career-high 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the floor. He also grabbed a game-high eight boards.
Behind Manhardt, the Sabres used an effective and balanced offensive attack. Oliver scored 16 points and was 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. Roemer and Alex Stecker each scored 15 points. Roemer also handed out nine assists and grabbed three rebounds.
Connor Morovits chipped in 14 points and was a deadly 4-of-6 from behind the 3-point line.
Both teams found success shooting the rock. MSOE shot 58 percent (37-of-63), while MU connected on 55 percent (38-of-69) of its shots from the field.
The Sabres won the battle in front of the basket and scored 44 points in the paint and grabbed 30 rebounds.
MU played a total of 12 players and the Sabres' bench scored 38 points.
Collin Seubert scored a game-high 30 points to lead MSOE (7-6, 4-4 NACC).
MU (6-8, 3-6 NACC) returns to the court Thursday at Edgewood.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Marian opened up a 47-40 halftime lead, but Concordia-Chicago stifled the Sabres' offense in the second half and raced to a 88-74 win Saturday afternoon in Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference action played at Sadoff Gymnasium.
In the opening half MU was proficient on offense and at 10:26, Josh Creed nailed a 3-pointer to extend the Sabres advantage to 32-19, the Blue and White's largest lead of the game.
However, the Cougars turned the page in the second half.
CUC (4-7, 4-4 NACC) opened the second stanza with an 11-4 run and the game was knotted at 51-51 with 14:38 remaining.
From there the Cougars went on a 20-12 run and led 71-63 at the 5:36 mark.
Creed converted a pair of free throws with 2:18 remaining to bring the Sabres to within 76-67. However, the Cougars defense held true in the waning moments to close out the contest.
Creed and Alex Stecker each finished with 18 points, while Reggie Roemer chipped in 13 points.
Mike Walmer scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Cougars.
MU (5-8, 2-6 NACC) hosts MSOE Tuesday, Jan. 12. Tip is set for 7 p.m.
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. - The Marian University men's basketball team needed overtime but were able to outscore Lakeland 17-11 in the extra period to defeat Lakeland for an 87-81 road victory in Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference play.
The win pushes the Sabres to 5-7 on the year with a 2-5 conference ledger, while the Muskies fall to 8-4 with a 4-3 NACC record.
The Muskies started fast opening the game with a 14-2 run in the first four minutes of the game. Marian answered the fast start scoring 13 of the next 17 points to cut the LC lead down to 18-15 with 11:15 left to play in the half. Lakeland then extended their lead out to seven points at 22-15 before Marian closed out the final nine minutes of the half with an 18-4 run capped off by an Alex Manhardt layup that gave MU a 33-28 advantage heading into the locker room.
Josh Creed would lead the Sabres in the opening stanza with 14 points shooting 4-5 from the field.
Marian would maintain their first half lead extending the advantage out to as large as nine on two occasions before the Muskies scored the final four points of regulation to force overtime at a 70-70 tally.
The Sabres jumped out to the first lead in the extra period using a 7-2 run to take a 77-72 advantage with 3:12 remaining. Marian managed to hold onto the early lead going 9-13 from the charity stripe in overtime to seal the 87-81 road win.
As a team, MU finished the game with a 38.6-percent field goal percentage shooting 9-23 (.391) from beyond the arc and 24-28 (.857) from the free throw line.
Creed finished with a career-high 32 points shooting 9-18 from the field and 12-13 from the free throw line. Manhardt and Reggie Roemer each scored double digit points with 14 and 10 points, respectively, while Carvell Oliver put together a solid night with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds and four steals.
Marian will next return to Sadoff Gymnasium as they host Concordia Chicago Saturday, Jan. 9 for a 2 p.m. tip-off.
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