RIVER FOREST, Ill. (SabreAthletics.com) - The Marian University men's basketball team was successful in their first conference game of the year, coming away with a 61-54 win at Dominican, today, Nov. 29. The starting line for Marian led a balanced attack as three members ended the day with double-digit scoring.
After playing from behind for the first ten minutes, the Sabres kicked it up a notch. The Sabres took the lead with seven minutes remaining in the first to gain momentum. They then went on a 9-0 run to finish the half with 29-17 lead. Rebounds were the key to the Sabres success in the half, as 11 defensive rebounds limited second chance opportunities for the Stars.
The Sabres continued to surge in the second half. An early seven-point run capped off by a Drew Binversie layup gave the Sabres a 17 point lead with 14 minutes remaining. The Stars slowly started to creep back into the game, though, as they capitalized on some Marian turnovers to cut the lead to five with just under six minutes to go.
The Stars eventually got within four points of the Sabres, but with under a minute left in the game they had no choice but to foul the Sabres in desperation. Marian's Alex Stecker hit four clutch free throws in the final thirty seconds to silence the Stars and walk away with a victory.
Carvell Oliver led the Sabres with 12 points on the night, while Drew Binversie and Josh Creed finished with 10. Binversie also made a difference controlling the ball, leading the team with nine rebounds, five steals and three assists.
Josh Mayberry was the leading shooter for the Stars. Mayberry went 9-20 from the field with 25 points, as well as five steals in the losing effort. Dominican's Tim Robertson also had himself quite a night, posting a game-high 12 rebounds.
Despite being outshot from the floor and the foul line, the Sabres were able to limit their mistakes and take better advantage of Dominican's. The Sabres turned the ball over 14 times compared to 24 times by the Stars and scored nine more points off the turnovers to help secure the win.
After a two-day rest, the Sabres will look for their third win in a row when they travel to Milwaukee to take on the MSOE Raiders at 7 p.m.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University men's basketball team put 12 players in the scoring column en route to picking up its first win of the season, knocking off Northland International in a non-conference action, 80-44, inside Sadoff Gymnasium, this evening, Nov. 22.
The Sabres (1-2) forced 28 turnovers, resulting in 31 points, and held the Pioneers (0-4) to just 31.8 percent shooting on the way to victory in front of a raucous crowd.
Sophomore Josh Creed led all scorers with 19 points on 7-for-12 shooting, including a 5-for-5 effort at the charity stripe in just 21 minutes. Fellow sophomore Brandon McCullum added 10 points in 12 minutes, while freshmen Isiah Daniels and Connor Morovits added 8 points apiece in a balanced effort for the Sabres.
Marian shot a blistering 52.8 percent (19-for-36) in the second half to extend a 17-point halftime lead. Already leading by 19 points, the Sabres used an 11-0 run midway through the second half to take a 55-25 advantage with 11:20 to play. They would build their lead to as many as 38 points late in the game, seemingly having their way offensively all night long.
Marian took a 17-point, 31-14, lead into the locker room despite shooting just 36.4 percent (12-for-33) in the first half. Thanks to 14 NIU turnovers, the Sabres capitalized with 16 points off those miscues, which more than equaled the Pioneers' halftime score.
With the lead holding steady above 20 points for the majority of the second half, Head Coach Mark Boyle was able to get a lot of his players significant minutes. A total of 12 players registered double-digit minutes, while David Hazuga and Mike Waters fell just shy of 10 minutes. The Sabres finished the game with a 43-24 advantage in bench scoring.
Jono Newlin led Northland International with 9 points in 22 minutes off the bench. Devon Gibson and Andrew Mee each added 8 points. The Pioneers finished the game just 2-for-16 from long range.
This was Marian's final tune-up before the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference opener at Dominican next Saturday, Nov. 29. Tip-off between the Sabres and Stars is set for 4:15 p.m. from Igini Sports Forum in River Forest, Ill.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – It was a tale of two halves and the Marian University men's basketball team nearly came from behind to steal one from visiting Ripon College, but instead fell short, 63-61, in its home opener inside Sadoff Gymnasium, this evening, Nov. 19.
The Red Hawks (2-1) came out red hot, shooting over 63 percent in the first half and taking a 16-point lead into the locker room before cooling down in the second half. The Sabres (0-2) played the exact opposite, coming out in the second half more aggressive and cutting the deficit to as little as 2 points with opportunities to tie or take the lead down that stretch.
Sophomore forward Josh Creed poured in a team-high 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting for Marian, while Ripon sophomore Ty Sabin led all scorers with 23 on 6-of-13 shooting and a 10-for-12 effort at the charity stripe.
Marian trailed by as many as 20 points in the first half following a Kyle Loughrin free throw with just over 5 minutes remaining before halftime. A 6-0 run by the invigorated the crowd and provided some energy heading into halftime despite the poor effort from the field that led to just a 36 (9-for-25) percent effort. On top of that, the Red Hawks converted nine Marian turnovers into 13 points.
The Sabres would put the dismal performance in the rearview and claw back into the game, cutting the deficit to single digits less than 6 minutes in.
Trailing 46-29, Marian put together a 12-3 run with five different players contributing and capped with a Brandon McCullum free throw to make it 49-41 with 12:54 left.
Shortly thereafter, tempers flared on a Ripon foul call and led to a technical on the bench. Junior guard Alex Stecker turned it into a solo 5-point run as he knocked down both technical free throws and drained a triple from the wing to cut the deficit to seven at 53-46.
With 4:51 remaining, junior Drew Binversie would cut the Ripon lead to three with a layup in transition for two of his 8 points. The Valders native would add 6 rebounds, 4 assists, a block and a steal in a solid all-around effort.
Daniels trimmed the deficit to 61-59 with 20 seconds left and the Sabres were forced to foul to extend the game. Sabin knocked down both free throws, but Daniels came away with another big basket to make it 63-61 with 7 seconds remaining.
Another foul put Sabin, who had been 10-for-10 to that point, at the line for two more. He surprisingly missed both, but the ball was knocked around and was ruled last touched by the Sabres, leaving too little time for a last-second effort for the win.
Marian finished the second half with a 50 percent effort from the floor and held the Red Hawks to just 27.3 percent at the other end.
The Sabres outscored their counterparts, 42-26, in the paint and converted 18 points off 11 turnovers – 14 of those in the second half.
Marian will play host to Northland International Saturday, Nov. 22, in one more non-conference match-up before the conference opener. Start time is set for 5 p.m. following the Marian women at 2 p.m. Marian Athletics is holding a canned food drive to support the Fondy Food Pantry and asks that all who attend consider making a generous donation. Guests that donate 5 canned food items will receive free popcorn Saturday.
BELOIT, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University men's basketball team led at halftime, but couldn't overcome a second-half surge by host Beloit College as it dropped the season opener, 66-63, inside Flood Arena, this afternoon, Nov. 15.
The Sabres (0-1) took a 31-25 lead into the break, but the Buccaneers (1-0) regrouped, using an 18-1 run and never looked back. An Alex Stecker 3-pointer try, that would have tied the game, bounced off the rim as time expired.
Freshman Isiah Daniels finished with a game-high 17 points off the bench in his collegiate debut. The Campbellsport product went 7-of-14 from the field, including 3-of-4 from the charity stripe, while adding 7 rebounds. Sophomore Josh Creed added 11, while junior Drew Binversie chipped in 9 points.
Marian shot nearly 46.7 percent (21-for-45), but committed 17 turnovers, in which, Beloit was able to turn into 17 points. A solid afternoon at the free throw line kept the Sabres in the game as they went 19-for-23 (82.6 percent).
A slow Marian start saw Beloit jump out to a 6-0 advantage out of the gate, but four straight points by Daniels followed by a Mike Keller bucket evened the score. Both teams would trade baskets for a significant stretch until the Sabres pulled away with a 10-0 run to make it 24-16 with 4:57 remaining in the first half.
Newcomer Alex Manhardt knocked down a pair of free throws to push the lead to 9 points at 27-18 with 2:17 left in the first half. Creed then capped the half with a jumper to send the Sabres into the locker room with a 31-25 lead.
In the second half, Marian increased its lead back to nine at 37-28 before the Buccaneers made their move.
Sean Fancsali started the run with a layup and back-to-back 3's followed to make it 39-37 Bucs with 14:49 remaining, marking Beloit's first lead since midway through the first half. The onslaught would continue until Michael Gulve capped the 18-1 run with a layup at the 11:40 mark.
Manhardt's layup at 10:12 to make it 47-42 snapped a stretch of nearly 8 minutes without a field goal for the Sabres. Marian would continue to battle, though.
Trailing 62-58 with under a minute remaining, Daniels made a layup to make it a one-possession game. Beloit's Gulve then knocked down a 3 that seemingly put the game on ice with 15 seconds left, but Stecker drew a foul on a 3-point attempt and made all 3 free throws to cut it to 2 point.
Rudy Bentley made 1-of-2 free throws to make it a 3-point game and that left the Sabres with one final opportunity with 8 seconds remaining.
Stecker dribbled down the floor and found an open look, but his 3-pointer from the wing went off the front of the rim as time expired.
The Buccaneers shot 47.2 percent (25-for-53), including 7-for-17 from 3-point range. They were led by Gulve's 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting, followed by 11 points each by Fancsali and Steve McAfee.
The Sabres will look to bounce back against another Midwest Conference foe in Ripon College Wednesday, Nov. 19. It will mark Marian's home opener inside Sadoff Gymnasium. Start time is slated for 7 p.m.
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