LISLE, Ill. – Five student-athletes scored in double figures, but No.1 seed Benedictine rallied in the second half to upend No. 5 Marian 91-82 in the semifinals of the 2015-16 Men's Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Tournament.
Both teams traded baskets in the opening minutes, however, midway through the period the Sabres went on a 9-3 run and Senior Carvell Oliver drilled a 3-pointer at 10:37 which provided the Sabres with a 19-12 advantage.
The Eagles quickly clawed back to cut the deficit to within three at 21-18, but the Sabres countered with an 8-3 run and led 29-21 with 7:23 remaining in the first half. BU made a run late in the half, but the Sabres went into the break with a 43-39 lead.
MU jumped out of the gates in the second half and Oliver hit a 3-pointer at 17:32 and the Sabres lead 49-41.
Just when MU looked poised to gain control, BU responded with a 14-2 run over a three-minute span and the Sabres were left looking at a 55-51 deficit.
MU was forced to play catch-up the rest of the way and Oliver hit a 3-pointer with 50 seconds remaining to bring the Sabres to within four at 86-82. BU (26-0) converted its free throws in the final moments to close out the game.
Junior Josh Creed scored 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field and grabbed eight rebounds. Oliver added 17 points and was 5-of-8 from beyond the arc.
Sophomore Alex Manhardt helped put with 15 points, grabbed seven rebounds and handed out six assists. In his final game in a Sabre uniform Alex Stecker scored 12 points and was 4-for-4 at the charity stripe.
Sophomore Reggie Roemer dropped 12 points and hauled in three rebounds.
Tahron Harvey scored 21 points to lead BU.
The Eagles advance to the NACC tournament championship game and will meet No. 6 seed MSOE.
Marian completes its season with a 14-13 record.
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Junior Josh Creed scored 16 points and hauled in 10 rebounds as the No. 5 seeded Marian men's basketball team topped No. 4 Wisconsin Lutheran 71-65 in the first round of the 2015-16 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Men's Basketball Tournament.
WLC made a late charge to cut the deficit to three points, but Creed who has been a clutch free-throw shooter all year went to the line and hit his free throws in the final minute to secure the win.
MU started fast and lead throughout the contest. Senior Carvell Oliver hit three 3-pointers in the initial five minutes and the Sabres opened up a 22-8 first-half lead.
The Blue and White defense kept the Warriors off balance. WLC, known for their exceptional play in the post struggled to find space in front of the basket and were forced to shoot jump shots – and they didn't fall. WLC shot 29.7 percent (19-of-64) from the field and converted only three 3-pointers on the evening.
From start to finish the Sabres ran a balanced offensive attack and had their way in front of the rim. MU scored 42 points in the paint and outrebounded WLC 42-38 and shot 45.9 percent (28-of-61) from the field.
Sophomore Alex Manhardt, senior Alex Stecker and Oliver each scored 12 points. Oliver and Manhardt also grabbed nine rebounds apiece.
Sophomore Reggie Roemer scored nine points and handed out five assists.
Collin Kennedy scored 19 points to lead WLC (13-13).
MU (14-12) travels to No. 1 seed and nationally-ranked Benedictine (25-0) Friday evening. Tip is set for 7 p.m.
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Marian shot a sterling 46 percent (23-of-50) from the field and topped MSOE 67-62 Wednesday evening at the Kern Center.
The first half consisted of seven lead changes and five ties, but the Sabres quickly grabbed control in the second half. Senior Connor Morovits hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the opening minute and the Sabres lead 34-30.
MU lead by 11 points at the halfway mark in the second half, but with one minute remaining in regulation MSOE cut its deficit to within four at 63-59. However, senior Alex Stecker hit jumper and junior Josh Creed converted a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to close out the contest.
Sophomore Alex Manhardt scored 16 points and hauled in nine rebounds, both team highs. He also was 6-for-6 at the free-throw line.
Stecker helped out with 13 points and handed out five assists.
Creed dropped 12 points and collected seven rebounds.
As a team the Sabres grabbed 38 rebounds and scored 30 points in the paint.
Austin Stueck scored 29 points to lead MSOE (12-12, 9-10 NACC).
MU (13-12, 10-10 NACC) will wait until Saturday to see if it qualified for the NACC tournament.
ROCKFORD, Ill. – Behind five student-athletes in double digits, the Marian University men's basketball team fended off Rockford, 106-100, in overtime Saturday afternoon at the Seaver Center.
After 40 minutes of action the two teams found themselves knotted at 90-all and the pace of the game didn't slow down in the five-minute overtime period.
With two minutes remaining in extra time, Alex Manhardt dunked the ball to break a 98-98 tie and the Sabres went on a 6-2 run the rest of the way to close out the game.
Manhardt and Josh Creed each scored 23 points. Manhardt was 9-of-11 from the free-throw line and grabbed six rebounds. Creed finished 9-of-13 from the floor and recorded three steals and a pair of blocks.
It was the dynamic backcourt of Reggie Roemer and Alex Stecker that sparked the Sabres' offensive output.
Stecker handed out a career-high 10 assists and Roemer followed suit with nine of his own and the duo accounted for 19 of MU's 28 assists. Stecker also scored 10 points to post his first double-double of the season.
Roemer chipped in 19 points and was 9-of-11 at the charity stripe.
Mitch Welker came off the bench and scored a career-high 12 points.
The Sabres dominated in front of the rim and out-rebounded the Regents 40-37. MU also scored 54 points in the paint.
John O' Bryan scored 42 points to lead RU (13-10, 9-9 NACC).
MU (12-12, 9-10) is still in consideration for a spot in the NACC tournament. The Sabres are one game out of sixth place and close out the regular season Wednesday at MSOE.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Behind three student-athletes in double digits, the Marian University men's basketball team knocked off Dominican, 80-68, Thursday evening at Sadoff Gymnasium.
15 seconds in the first half senior Alex Stecker hit a 3-pointer and over the ensuing eight minutes the Sabres opened up a 23-7 advantage – and didn't look back.
Dynamic sophomore Reggie Roemer showcased his abilities in the opening stanza. The Madison, Wis. native scored 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field and grabbed three rebounds.
The MU defense put its clamps down and held DU to 25 percent from the floor on 6-of-24 shooting. The Sabres also forced seven turnovers.
MU led by as much as 23 points late in the second half.
Roemer finished the evening with 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field. He also was 2-for-2 from beyond the arc.
Sophomore Alex Manhardt scored 16 points and hauled in seven rebounds. He was also 8-of-10 from the free-throw line.
Junior Josh Creed chipped in 14 points and handed out five assists.
The Sabres won the battle in front of the rim and out-rebounded the Stars 38-27. MU also scored 28 points in the paint.
Tim Robertson scored 23 points to lead DU (4-18, 2-15 NACC).
MU (11-12, 8-10 NACC) returns to the hardwood Saturday at Rockford.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Spencer Barnes hit a 3-pointer as time expired and Edgewood defeated Marian 87-85 Tuesday evening at Sadoff Gymnasium.
MU trailed 84-83 with nine seconds remaining and Reggie Roemer converted a pair of free throws to give the Sabres an 85-84 lead.
MU received a solid effort from sophomore Alex Manhardt. The 6-foot-6 West Bend, Wis. product scored a career-high 28 points and was a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line. Manhardt has made 20 free throws in a row with his last miss Jan. 26 at Wisconsin Lutheran.
Junior Josh Creed scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to post his third double-double of the season. Roemer helped put with eight points and handed out seven assists.
As a team the Sabres shot 48.4 percent (30-of-62) from the field, however, the Eagles were an explosive 56.2 percent (35-of-62) from the floor.
EC shot 43.5 percent (10-of-23) from behind the arc.
Jim Bridges scored 16 points to lead the Eagles (3-19, 3-14 NACC).
MU (10-12, 7-10 NACC) returns to the court Thursday evening.
RIVER FOREST, Ill. – Marian opened the first half on a 10-2 run and never looked back as the Sabres demolished Concordia Chicago 91-66 Saturday afternoon.
MU shot lights out in the opening stanza and was 55.9 percent (19-of-34) from the field.
The Sabres went to sophomore Alex Manhardt early and often. The 6-foot-6 West Bend, Wis. product was 5-of-7 from the field and drained a pair of free throws to lead the way with 12 first-half points.
The Sabre defense gave the Cougars fits and forced nine turnovers, while MU only turned the ball over three times.
Connor Morovits hit a 3-pointer as time expired at the end of the half and the Sabres went into the break with a 49-31 advantage.
MU continued to roll in the second half and led by 25 points late in the contest.
Manhardt scored a game-high 22 points and secured 13 boards and posted his second double-double of the season. The 13 rebounds was also a career high.
Morovits scored a season-high 18 points and Josh Creed chipped in 12 to pace the Sabres.
As a team the Sabres shot 50 percent (33-of-66) from the floor, while holding the Cougars to 34.7 percent (25-of-72).
MU cleaned up well in front of the basket and outrebounded CUC 50-33. The Sabres also outscored the Cougars 42-28 in the paint.
Mile Walmer scored 18 points to lead CUC (5-16, 4-12 NACC).
MU (10-11, 7-9 NACC) returns to the hardwood Tuesday and play host to Edgewood at 7 p.m.
MEQUON, Wis. – With six seconds remaining junior Josh Creed hit a pair of free throws to give Marian a 72-71 lead over Concordia Wisconsin. However, Trevor Krizenesky hit a jumper as time expired at the end of the second half to lift the Falcons past the Sabres 73-72 at the R. John Buuck Field House.
The contest was competitive from the opening tip. There were a total of 14 lead changes, nine ties and the Sabres' largest lead was an eight-point advantage at 13:19 in the first half.
The Falcons quickly erased the Sabres first-half lead and the two teams traded blows the rest of the night. Senior Alex Stecker hit a jump shot with 10 seconds remaining in the first stanza and the game was knotted at 33-33 at the break.
The Falcons largest lead was a 50-44 advantage at 13:52 in the second half. However, seniorCarvell Oliver and sophomore Alex Manhardt scored on the next two possessions to put the Sabres back in the midst of things.
Manhardt was giving CUW trouble throughout the contest. The West Bend, Wis. product scored 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds to narrowly miss the double-double.
Stecker logged a game-high 38 minutes and scored 16 points.
CUW (12-9, 10-6 NACC) forced MU into 19 turnovers, which the Falcons turned into 27 points. Conversely, MU forced 10 turnovers, which was turned into 11 points.
Krizenesky scored 24 points to lead CUW.
MU (9-11, 6-9 NACC) returns to the hardwood Saturday at Concordia Chicago.
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