FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – Seniors Cody Veleke and Sam Koslowski led the Marian University men's basketball team to a win over Dominican University, 71-63, in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference opener inside Sadoff Gymnasium, this afternoon, Nov. 30.
Veleke poured in 20 points, including 15 in the second half, while making two key blocks down the stretch to preserve the victory for the Sabres. Koslowski chipped in 16, while freshman Montrell Hobbs scored 11 off the bench to lead Marian past Dominican. The Sabres dominated the boards, finishing with a 45-23 edge on the glass and a 17-4 advantage in second chance points.
Marian improved to 2-3 overall, 1-0 in the NACC, while Dominican dropped to 0-5 (0-1 NACC).
The Sabres fell behind early, going down by as many as eight points with 11:22 remaining in the first half. Hobbs then came on to give the lift Marian needed, scoring seven points in an 11-2 run that pushed the Sabres in front 22-21 with 7:10 left before halftime.
Marian would finish the half on an 8-2 run to take a 33-27 lead into the break. The Sabre bench outscored Dominican 16-4 in the first 20 minutes.
In the second half, Veleke and Koslowski took over, combining for 25 of Marian's 38 points to stave off a feisty Dominican squad. The Sabres, who struggled from the free throw line entering the game, went 16-for-20 on the night, including 9-for-11 in the second half and were solid down the stretch.
Sophomore Brad Koth chipped in eight points, including two big three-pointers for the Sabres. Josh Mayberry tallied a career-high 18 points for Dominican in the loss. He led three scorers in double figures as Logan Harris and Ryan Risley added 17 and 16 points, respectively.
Marian won its conference opener for the first time in six seasons and will return to action this Tuesday, Dec. 3, with a meeting against MSOE at home. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside Sadoff Gymnasium.
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. (SabreAthletics.com) – Sophomore Drew Binversie turned in his second career double-double, but it wasn't enough to erase another double digit, second-half deficit as UW-Eau Claire held on for an 81-79 victory on the final day of the Bethel University Tip-Off Tournament, this evening, Nov. 23.
Binversie registered a team-high 17 points and 13 rebounds to key a second half comeback that fell just short of stunning a Blugold squad that proved very efficient in the paint. UW-Eau Claire held a 44-20 advantage in the paint to go along with a 42-33 edge in the rebound department.
Adam Hjelter poured in a game-high 20 points to lead the Blugolds (3-1), while Lewis Mau scored 16 points and pulled down 13 boards for a double-double.
Marian (1-3) trailed by as many as 15 points in the second half before staking a comeback that came within two points of another remarkable run in the final stretch. The Sabres fell for the third time in a row and by two points for the second time in as many nights.
UW-Eau Claire got off to a fast start with an 11-3 lead in the early minutes of the first half, but a quick 30-second timeout by Marian Head Coach Mark Boyle proved very effective. The next three-plus minutes accounted for a 14-0 Sabre run.
The Blugolds would answer back to shoot 45.2 percent (14-for-31) for the half, including six made three's - the final one, a Mau buzzer-beater to give his squad a 43-35 advantage at the break.
A big 17-5 run for UWEC equaled their largest lead of the game of 15 points at 64-49 with 12:48 remaining. The Sabres responded with a 9-2 run to cut the deficit to five points and set up a very tight finish down the stretch.
The Sabres cut the deficit to a single possession three times in the final minute of play, but couldn't convert on a desperation three at the buzzer following a pair of Blugold missed free throws.
Despite the loss, the Sabres shot over 46 percent and put four players in double figures for the third time this season. Senior Sam Koslowski chipped in 15 points on 5-for-10 shooting, while fellow seniors Cody Veleke and Jeff Harris added 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Marian will now have a full week to work out the kinks and prepare for its first Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference opponent in Dominican University. The Sabres will welcome the Stars into Sadoff Gymnasium Saturday, Nov. 30, for a 2 p.m. start.
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. (SabreAthletics.com) – Despite a 17-point comeback late in the second half, the Marian University men's basketball team was unable to finish an impressive come-from-behind effort as Luther College escaped with a 71-69 victory in the opening game of the Bethel University Tip-Off Tournament, Friday evening, Nov. 22.
All hope looked lost when the Sabres trailed by as many as 17 points when the Norse took a 61-44 lead with 10:17 remaining in the game. However, a Brad Koth three sparked a 17-1 run and Marian pulled to within a point with more than five minutes remaining. The Sabres took a 67-65 lead with 3:31 left, but would not score again until a tip-in at the buzzer provided the final tally.
Senior Elan Solvik poured in a game-high 16 points to lead four Sabres in double figures, but it wasn't enough as Luther's 11-for-25 effort from beyond the arc proved the difference in the outcome. Aaron Huber and Nathan Meyer tied for a team-high 11 points after knocking down three triples apiece.
Early on, Marian's shooting woes continued from its last outing, a double digit loss to host Ripon. The Sabres shot just 37.9 percent (11-for-29) in the first half and went just 2-of-7 from three-point range. Meanwhile, the Norse connected 44.8 percent (13-for-29), including six three's to take a 37-25 lead into halftime.
Marian came out of the second half still looking for its shooting stroke and finally found it with about 10 minutes remaining. Koth's three sparked the comeback and freshman Montrell Hobbs added two big offensive rebound put backs to keep the rally going. Senior Cody Veleke registered eight of his 11 points in the final 7:33. His layup with 4:06 left tied the game at 65-all.
Next possession, he gave the Sabres their first lead of the game with 3:31 left in the game. After two made free throws gave the Norse a two-point lead, the Sabres had a chance to tie or take the lead, but a turnover squandered that opportunity and Luther capitalized with two Jake Martin free throws to make it a two possession game with just seven seconds remaining to seal the game.
The Sabres will turnaround to play UW-Eau Claire at 6 p.m. while Luther takes on tournament host Bethel at 8 p.m. tomorrow, Nov. 23.
RIPON, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University men's basketball team couldn't overcome a hot-shooting Ripon College squad that shot nearly 60 percent for the game en route to an 82-65 win inside Wyman Gymnasium, this evening, Nov. 20.
Cody Veleke led three Sabres in double figures with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting. He also added a team-leading six rebounds and four blocks. Freshman standout Ty Sabin led the Red Hawks with a game-high 22 points on 8-for-11 shooting, while chipping in four rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Ripon improved to 2-1 on the young season with the win, while Marian dropped to 1-1.
The Sabres missed their first six shots and didn't convert their first basket until Brad Koth banked in a three from the top of the key nearly seven minutes into the contest. Still, Marian trailed Ripon by just four points, 8-4.
Trailing 15-6 near the midway point of the first half, the Sabres put together an 11-2 run thanks to back-to-back-to-back three's by Veleke and Jeff Harris. The latter two came from Harris and tied the game at 17-17, forcing Ripon to call its first timeout of the game.
The Red Hawks didn't cool down for long as they shot over 70 percent in the half. Kyle Loughrin led the hosts with 12 first-half points on 5-of-5 shooting and Ripon went 17-for-24 as a team in the opening frame, but led by just eight points, 38-30.
In the second half, the Red Hawks seemed to provide an answer for every Sabre attempt at cutting into their lead. After six straight points from Sam Koslowski to cut the deficit to 42-38, Ripon responded with a 13-2 run to take a commanding 15-point lead and never looked back.
Koslowski finished with 16 points, while Harris added 11, five rebounds and two steals off the bench. Ripon's Kyle Loughrin added 20 points, going 7-for-7 from the field, including 5-for-5 from the free throw line. David Klink chipped in 10 points.
Ripon shot a blistering 21-for-24 from the charity stripe, while the Sabres struggled at 9-for-20.
Marian will be back in action this Friday when it will take on Luther College in the opening game of the Bethel University Perkins Tip-Off Tournament in St. Paul. Friday's start time is set for 6 p.m.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) - Marian opened up their 2013-14 season on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Sadoff, hosting Martin Luther from the UMAC. Senior Sam Koslowski led the offense for the Sabres, finishing with 19 points in the 79-70 victory.
Marian couldn't have asked for a better start to their season, as they opened up with a 7-0 run. Senior Cody Veleke contributed four of the first seven points, and would finish with 14 on the day. Good team possession and elusive quickness would be the story of the first half, as Marian was able to enter the locker room at halftime with the 37-21 lead.
Halfway through the second half, the Sabres had strengthened their lead to 26, which would be their largest lead of the night. Off the bench, senior Jeff Harris was effective, sinking six baskets good for 14 points.
The Crusaders would cut the Marian lead to seven with 12 seconds remaining, but couldn't catch the Sabres in the end, falling 79-70.
Four different Sabres finished in double-digit points, with Koslowski leading the way with 19. Junior Drew Binverse added 14 points and eight rebounds, while Veleke and Harris added 14 each.
The Sabres are back in action next Wednesday as they play a non-conference game down the road against Ripon. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.
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