FOND DU LAC, Wis. - Marian University men's basketball (1-4, 1-1 NACC) rallied from a nine-point deficit midway through the second half to hand MSOE their first NACC loss with a 64-57 final.
After MSOE opened up a 44-36 lead with 9:04 left in the second half, Marian would go on to score the next six points unanswered capped off by a dunk from senior Alex Manhardt with 7:16 left in regulation. Shortly after, back-to-back layups from freshman Taylor Rahn and junior Tyrese Pinsonwould knot the game up at 48-48 with 5:28 left to play.
It wasn't until 1:57 remained in regulation that Marian would take their first lead since the first half, when Rahn made a three-pointer to give MU a 22-20 lead with 6:39 left, with a pair of Manhardt free throws. After a stop on the defensive end, a big three-pointer from Pinson with 1:13 remaining would give the Sabres a big 58-54 lead. Rahn and junior Kelvin Jones would each sink a pair of free throws in the final seconds to clinch the 64-57 win.
The Sabres would go 12-29 (.414) from the field in the second half to spark the come back and went 15-19 (.789) from the charity stripe. The Marian defense also put together a better half in the second stanza holding MSOE to 7-22 (.318) shooting.
The first half saw each offense shoot well and balance out the scoring. The Raiders would hold a 28-24 lead at the break after shooting 4-7 (.571) from beyond the arc. Marian would also have a good half to open the game beyond the arc going (4-9) led by freshman Will Olewinski who had a pair of triples.
Manhardt recorded his second double-double of the year with a game-high 17 points and 18 rebounds, 13 on the defensive end, while also adding three assists and two blocks. Rahn also chipped in double-digit points with 11.
Marian hits the road Saturday, Dec. 2 for a 3 p.m. (CST) tip at Finlandia.
LISLE, Ill. - Marian University men's basketball (0-4, 0-1 NACC) outscored Benedictine 37-29 in the opening half but couldn't hold off the Eagles in the second half ultimately falling 82-78.
Marian would shoot a blistering 16-31 (.516) from the field in the opening stanza including 4-10 (.400) from beyond the arc. The Sabres would score the first 13 points of the game only to see their lead trimmed down to six at 20-14 at the midway point of the half.
The offense was balanced with senior Alex Manhardt leading the way with five boards and nine points, while the Sabre defense also looked good in the opening half forcing eight Eagle turnovers.
Just as the Sabres had opened the game strong, the Eagles started the second half well scoring the first seven points out of the break to cut the Sabre lead to one. Marian responded, however, stretching the lead back out to 13 at 53-40 with 12:41 remaining following a three-pointer from junior Ryan Biffert and layup from freshman Will Olewinski forcing an Eagle timeout.
Marian would hold a 67-57 lead with 6:50 left before Benedictine scored the next 12 points unanswered to take their first lead at 69-67 with 4:27 left. From there the Eagles would retain the lead the remainder of the game and drop the Sabres in the NACC opener for both squads.
The Sabres outscored the Eagles in the paint 30-14 in the loss and finished the game shooting 28-61 (.459) including 7-19 (.368) from beyond the arc. The charity stripe proved to be a big factor in the Eagle comeback as Benedictine went 26-36 (.722) from the free throw line.
Manhardt had a big second half to finish the game with a team-high 25 points and nine rebounds. Olewinski chipped in 11 points off the bench for Marian.
Marian returns home when they host MSOE for a 7 p.m. tip Tuesday, Nov. 28 from Sadoff Gym.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. - Marian University men's basketball (0-3, 0-0 NACC) hung tight with UW-Eau Claire but a strong second half from the Blugolds gave UWEC a 79-57 win over the Sabres.
The Sabres would only manage a 34.5-percent field goal percentage in the opening half but the defense held strong holding UW-Eau Claire to a 34.3-percent field goal percentage. Marian would have six different scorers led by freshman Taylor Rahn who scored eight in the first 20 minutes. MU jumped out to an early 9-2 lead only to see the Blugolds take the lead at 12-9 scoring 10 unanswered.
From there, the rest of the half went back-and-forth with neither team leading by more than four. It wasn't until the final minutes when the Blugolds used a 9-4 run, including a buzzer beater, to take a significant lead at 36-31.
UW-Eau Claire used the momentum from the end of the first half into the second stanza as they would shoot 16-29 (.552) from the field including 5-11 (.455) from beyond the arc. The Blugolds would have timely scoring throughout the game as they scored 19 points off 14 MU turnovers.
Senior Alex Manhardt would be the lone Sabre to reach double-digit points with 11 and also led the team with eight rebounds and four blocks.
Marian will next open NACC play when they travel to Benedictine Saturday, Nov. 25 for a 2 p.m. tip.
MENOMONIE, Wis. - Marian University men's basketball (0-2, 0-0 NACC) outscored UW-Superior 33-25 in the second half but fell to the Yellow Jackets by a 65-57 final.
After trailing 59-44 with 6:42 in regulation, Marian would go on an 11-1 run to put the Sabres behind 60-55 with only 1:06 left to play. The Sabres would force three turnovers towards the end of the run, while also holding UW-Superior 0-4 shooting from the field. The Yellow Jackets managed to hold off the strong MU push at the charity stripe to ice the game.
The Sabres also put together a good run to open the half after finding themselves down 48-27 with 16:38 left in regulation. The Sabres would use a 9-1 run to cut the deficit down to a manageable 49-38 score in a span of about six-minutes.
A strong shooting performance in the first half from UW-Superior saw the Yellow Jackets go 16-29 (.552) from the field and build a 40-24 halftime lead.
For the game, Marian did a good job of creating opportunities and taking advantage of those chances forcing 13 UW-Superior turnovers, which turned into 17 points. The Sabres also had a strong game down low with 13 second chance points along with outscoring UWS 38-20 in the paint.
Senior Alex Manhardt had a strong start to his season with a team-high 19 points, 13 rebounds, seven offensive, and two blocks.
Marian next hosts UW-Eau Claire in their home opener Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. from Sadoff Gym.
MENOMONIE, Wis. - Marian University men's basketball (0-1, 0-0 NACC) outscored UW-Stout 45-39 in the second half but fell to the Blue Devils by an 84-77 final.
Marian cut down a 15-point deficit to open the second half to seven with an 8-0 run to open the second stanza and shortly after cut the deficit to as little as five following a three-point from freshman Will Olewinski. The Sabres continued their second half push when sophomore Trentin Fouse was sent to the charity stripe where he cut the UW-Stout deficit down to one at 65-64 with only 6:10 left in regulation.
The Blue Devils responded, however, and the Sabres wouldn't manage to inch any closer as Stout was able to pull away in the final minutes. An 11-4 run from UW-Stout at the end of the first half proved to be a difference maker as it gave the Blue Devils a 45-32 lead heading into halftime.
Fouse led the offense with a team-high 18 points, while fellow sophomore Will Polczynski added 14 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Taylor Rahn posted double-digits with 12 points in his Sabre debut.
The Blue Devils outscored Marian 42-30 in the paint but the Sabres did grab 17 offensive rebounds, which translated to 18 second chance points.
Marian takes on UW-Superior in the consolation game of the UW-Stout Tip Off tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m.
Introducing the Sabre Tribune, content written by current and former Marian student-athletes on the topics that matter to them. Join us as we take an inside look at the life of a Marian student-athlete throughout the year and gain an inside perspective of life outside of the court, pitch or field. The opening Sabre Tribune post comes from junior Marcus Kadinger of the Marian men's basketball team and the unique recruiting experience he went through along with the reasoning behind his choice to choose Marian.
I wasn't heavily recruited as an athlete by any stretch of the means. Most college basketball programs hardly paid any attention to me. One program even said they didn't think I could play at the next level. But one program saw what I had to offer, and that one happened to be Marian University.
I come from a small town in Western Wisconsin called Glenwood City. Most, probably 99% of people in Fond du Lac, have never heard of it. Most, probably 99% of people in Glenwood City, have never heard of Marian University. I knew when it came time to choose where I was going to continue my education that I wanted to get out of the shell that was the town of 1,200 people on the western side of the state. I wanted to meet new people and form an experience that was my own. Part of that experience for me though, had to include playing basketball.
I grew up like the stereotypical hooper. Dad was my biggest inspiration and coached me until middle school while my Mom was always my biggest supporter. I started varsity my freshman year of high school and never looked back. I was team captain my sophomore through senior years. I earned all-conference honors as a junior and senior. I thought I was in a good position to get some college looks. I went to the exposure camps, played on the summer teams, and even took my senior year off from football to work on my game. However, the interest just never stirred up. It's possible one little detail might have scared off some college coaches. I'm not talking about grades, I was top five in my class with a 3.87 GPA. I'm not talking about off the court issues either, I've never even had a parking fine. No, in all honesty, I think most coaches doubted me because of a perceived physical limitation. And that was the fact I had been born without my left hand.
There was no accident or disease or anything like that. I was just born the way I was. I never asked anyone to feel sorry for me or make excuses because of it. It's only fueled me to want to prove to myself that I can accomplish anything. When you see me now in a Marian uniform, you'd be right in saying I'm not the fastest, strongest, quickest, or most athletic guy on the team. But you talk to any of my teammates, professors, or coaches they will say I'm one of the hardest workers they've ever come across. That's something I've always taken pride in and know is the main reason why the Marian basketball coaching staff believed in me. I never wanted to be on a college basketball team because people felt sorry for me or thought it would be a 'feel good story.' I wanted to be on a team because I was good enough and could contribute.
Unfortunately, not many programs saw that potential in me. But fortunately, Marian did, and I couldn't thank them enough for the opportunity. They treat me exactly like everybody else. I've had to earn every minute of playing time that I've received. My overall basketball career here at Marian has had its ups and downs for me personally, but my teammates and staff believe in me and it's given me the confidence and drive to improve. On the brink of another season about to start, I can't help but feel optimistic about what's in store for both me and most importantly, my team.
I had to work hard to get to where I'm at and I know with where I want to go in life, both in my academic, occupational, and remaining athletic career, that it will only get harder. Marian is preparing me for just that. My coaches push me to get better every day and I understand that my position on the team is earned, not granted. My professors challenge me to go beyond the basic expectations of the average student and because of that, I'm sitting on a 3.9 GPA. It's not a one-way street either, I know anytime I need help or have a question there are professors, advisors, coaches, or administrators who are more than willing to help. Marian gave me a chance to succeed and be myself both athletically and academically, something that other universities couldn't exactly offer me. Entering my junior year, there's no doubt in my mind that Marian is where I was meant to be.
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