RIPON, Wis. – Reggie Roemer scored 12 of his team-high 19 points in the second half but the Marian men's basketball team couldn't overcome a slow start in a 90-74 setback versus Ripon at Wyman Gymnasium.
In the opening five minutes of the first half the Sabres had plenty of good looks at the basket, but couldn't get the ball to fall. Alex Stecker hit a trey ball at 14:12 for MU's first points of the game and the Sabres were left looking at a 12-3 deficit.
Marian weathered the slow start and a Josh Creed 3-pointer at 5:53 brought the Sabres to within nine at 35-24. From there the Red Hawks closed the half with a 15-12 run and went into the break with a 50-36 lead.
Creed scored 16 points and grabbed five rebounds. The 6-foot-6 junior recorded two blocks and a steal.
Alex Manhardt earned playing time for the first time this season and didn't diaspoint. The West Bend native dropped 14 points and was a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor.
Carvell Oliver helped out with 13 points.
Ty Sabin scored a game-high 24 points to pace Ripon (6-4).
Marian (4-6) returns to conference action January 6 at Lakeland.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. – The Marian men's basketball team converted 20-of-22 free throws, but No.7-ranked Benedictine raced past the Sabres in an 83-61 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference contest at Sadoff Gymnasium.
In the opening moments the Sabres went toe-to-toe with the nationally-ranked Eagles and a pair of Jack Lund free throws at 14:33 provided Marian with a 13-12 lead.
Both teams continued to trade blows, but in the final 3:34 the Eagles went on a 10-3 run and entered halftime with a 43-29 advantage.
Benedictine (9-0, 6-0 NACC) started the second half where it left off at the end of the first stanza and a 13-6 run in the opening five minutes allowed the Eagles to grab a 56-35 lead.
Junior Josh Creed scored a team-high 12 points and was a perfect 6-for-6 at the line. Senior Carvell Oliver helped out with nine points and also was a perfect 4-for-4 at the charity stripe.
Lund, making his first-career start, scored six points.
Michael Blaszczyk scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Eagles.
Marian (4-6, 1-5 NACC) returns to the hardwood Dec. 30 at Ripon for a rare mid-season non-conference tilt.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Alex Stecker scored a team-high 20 points and handed out five assists as the Marian men's basketball team dropped an 80-70 decision versus Rockford in Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference action played Saturday afternoon at Sadoff Gymnasium.
The Sabres dominated the first half and went into the break with a 37-31 lead. The Blue and White used a tenacious defense to keep the Regents at bay. MU forced 12 turnovers and held RU to 31 percent (10-of-32) from the field.
RU opened the second stanza with an 18-6 run that lasted over five minutes. MU gradually clawed their way back and a Ryan Biffert bucket with 3:44 remaining brought the Sabres to within one at 66-65.
RU (6-3, 3-2 NACC) won the game at the charity stripe and connected on 20-of-25 free throws. Meanwhile, the Sabres struggled and converted on 10-of-22 trips to the line.
Despite the setback, the Sabres only turned the ball over six times. As a team MU shot 40 percent (28-of-69) from the floor.
Josh Creed scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Montrell Hobbs helped out with 12 points.
Biffert came off the bench to score nine points.
Michael Murray scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Regents.
MU (4-5, 1-4 NACC) returns to the court next Saturday and plays host to Benedictine.
AURORA, Ill. – Marian had four student-athletes score in double figures as the Sabres topped Aurora 98-96 Wednesday evening in Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference action played at Thornton Gymnasium.
With a total of 15 lead changes and six ties, the end result wouldn't be decided until the final minutes.
With the Sabres trailing 90-89, Carvell Oliver put the game on his back. The 6-foot guard drilled the go-ahead 3 pointer at the 1:55 mark and scored the Sabres' next nine points – including going 4-of-4 from the free-throw line in the final 20 seconds to secure the win.
Aurora entered halftime with a 47-45 lead and two minutes into the second half expanded its advantage to 52-47. However, the Sabres' offense awoke. Over the ensuing 10 minutes MU went on a 31-15 run and led 78-67 with eight minutes remaining in the second half.
The Spartans (5-1, 3-1 NACC) clawed their way back into the game and momentarily took a lead before Oliver's late heroics.
Oliver scored a game-high 24 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, including 5-of-6 from the 3-point line.
Alex Stecker dropped 19 points and handed out six assists. Josh Creed helped out with 18 points and Montrell Hobbs chipped in 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
MU had its best shooting night of the season and connected on 57 percent (36-of-63) of its shots from the floor, including a sizzling 68 percent (11-of-16) from beyond the arc. As a team the Sabres scored 36 points in the paint and hauled in 35 rebounds.
The Sabres (4-4, 1-3 NACC) return to the hardwood Saturday and play host to Rockford.
LISLE, Ill. – Alex Stecker and Reggie Roemer each scored 20 points as Marian suffered an 84-76 setback at No. 12-ranked Benedictine Saturday afternoon in Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference action at the Rice Center.
The Sabres' offense found success early and a Connor Morovits 3-pointer at 10:41 put the Blue and White up 21-17.
BU responded when Shawn Soelter converted a 3-pointer to give the Eagles a 22-21 advantage. From there the home team went on a brief 9-2 run and at the 7:11 led 31-23.
MU retaliated and at 3:34 Roemer hit a jumper to bring the Sabres to within three at 38-35. Just when the Sabres looked to strike, the Eagles closed out the half with an 11-3 run and entered the break with a 49-35 lead.
BU (5-0, 2-0 NACC) started where it left off to begin the second half and opened up a 57-39 lead – its largest of the game. However, MU gradually chipped away at the deficit and at 1:02 Roemer drove hard down the lane and laid the ball in the basket to bring the Sabres to within five at 79-74.
Despite the setback, MU (3-4, 0-3 NACC) played well offensively and produced one of its best offensive outputs this season. As a team the Sabres shot 44 percent (26-of-59) from the field, including a smoking 57 percent (8-of-14) from beyond the arc.
The Eagles hit 48 percent (30-of-62) of their shots from the floor.
Josh Creed scored 13 points and Montrell Hobbs helped out with 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season.
Lucas Johnson scored a game-high 21 points to lead BU.
MU returns to the hardwood Wednesday at Aurora.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Five Marian student-athletes reached double figures, but a second-half rally fell short in an 81-71 setback against Wisconsin Lutheran Tuesday evening at Sadoff Gymnasium.
Both teams traded blows in the first half and the Warriors went into halftime with a 31-26 lead.
Marian shot well in the second half and hit 50 percent (16-of-32) from the field; however, WLC matched the Sabres and saw 54 percent (17-of-31) of its shots fall.
WLC (3-3, 2-0 NACC) opened the half with an 11-7 run and jumped out to a 44-31 lead. MU gradually chipped away at the deficit and a Jack Lund bucket at 12:40 brought the Sabres to within 49-44.
Just when MU looked to play themselves back into contention, the Warriors went on a 19-0 run to put the contest out of reach.
Josh Creed scored a team-high 14 points and grabbed five rebounds. Alex Stecker helped with 12 points and handed out five assists. Carvell Oliver, Reggie Roemer and Montrell Hobbs each scored 10 points.
Collin Kennedy scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Warriors.
Marian (3-3, 0-2 NACC) returns to the court Saturday at Benedictine.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Josh Creed scored a game-high 23 points but Marian was unable to overcome a late Concordia Wisconsin surge and dropped its Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference opener 83-79 Saturday afternoon at Sadoff Gymnasium.
At the end of the first half CUW (3-1, 2-0 NACC) led 40-38. Reggie Roemer opened the second half with a midrange jumper to knot it up at 40.
The Sabres looked poised to make a run, but the Falcons had other intentions. CUW scored 19 points in a row for a run that lasted nearly five minutes.
MU gradually fought back and a Montrell Hobbs bucket with 1:56 remaining in the half brought the Sabres to within 76-74. However, CUW hit its free throws down the stretch to escape with the win.
Hobbs was a force in front of the basket and scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.
Roemer scored a season-high 15 points and Connor Morovits came off the bench to help out with nine points on 3-of-3 shooting from behind the arc.
MU (3-2, 0-1 NACC) returns to action Tuesday versus Wisconsin Lutheran.
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