FOND DU LAC, Wisconsin (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University men's basketball team suffered a heart-breaking loss on Senior Night as Collin Seubert of visiting MSOE drained a game-winning three-pointer as time expired to give the Raiders a 60-59 win inside Sadoff Gymnasium, this evening, Feb. 4.
Seubert's three came just moments after Marian's Josh Creed put the Sabres (10-11, 9-7 NACC) ahead 59-57 with a long jumper with just 5.3 seconds remaining. Following a timeout, MSOE (12-9, 9-7 NACC) went the length of the floor as Seubert took a handoff from mid-court and pulled up from in front of his own bench to knock down the game-clinching shot.
The Sabres know all too well the feeling running through their counterparts after having experienced it themselves just two weeks ago when Carvell Oliver hit a 30-foot shot at the buzzer to beat Edgewood at home.
Seubert's final shot gave him 13 points, coming second to Connor Patterson's game-high 22, including a 10-for-12 effort from the foul line, to go along with eight rebounds. The Raiders finished the game 14-for-18 at the free throw line, while the Sabres turned in one of their worst free throw shooting performances of the season, going 5-for-13.
Creed led three Sabres in double figures with 20 points to go along with five rebounds, three assists, three blocks and three steals. Alex Stecker added 15 points, including a floating jumper in the lane to beat the first-half buzzer. Drew Binversie chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds as well.
With 4:03 left in the game, the Sabres trailed 55-49 following Patterson's fourth straight three-point play off a layup and a foul. Marian rose to the occasion and rallied off eight straight points to take a 57-55 lead after Binversie's layup with 46 seconds left.
Patterson tied the game with 29 seconds remaining before Creed gave the Sabres a two-point advantage, which Seubert trumped with his game-winner.
At the start of the second half, Binversie capped a 13-3 run with a tip-in off a Montrell Hobbs miss to put the Sabres in front 39-34 with 13:09 remaining. It forced the Raiders to take a timeout and they responded by regaining the lead 5 minutes later on a Seubert jumper to make it 44-43 with 8:06 to go.
Marian led by as many as nine points in the first half after a Creed three-pointer made it 15-6. Leading 22-14, foul trouble bit the Sabres as Creed and Mike Keller went to the bench and the Raiders answered with a 14-0 run to take a 28-22 advantage with 1:40 remaining. Stecker finally put an end to a drought that lasted for 5:40. MSOE took a 31-26 lead into halftime.
Tonight commemorated the impactful careers of seniors Mike and Mark Keller as they were honored on Senior Night prior to the game. Each started the game and logged 20 minutes of action, while registering seven points, four rebounds and three assists combined.
The Sabres, who now sit in a fifth-place tie with MSOE and Edgewood in the league standings, will have an opportunity to rebound when they head to Aurora this Saturday, Feb. 7. Tip-off is set for 4:15 p.m. in Illinois.
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