AURORA, Ill. - Marian University men's basketball (11-14, 10-10 NACC) fell to Aurora 96-75 and with an Edgewood win over Benedictine was eliminated from a berth in the NACC Tournament.
The Sabres trailed early and could never recover as the Spartans were able to pull away from the Sabres. The two teams started to an 11-11 draw before the Spartans were able to use a 25-6 run to take a 36-17 advantage with seven minutes left in the first half. The Sabres were unable to chip away at the lead with a consistent offense from Aurora with the Spartans building their lead to as large as 26 points in the second half.
The Sabres finished the game 28-67 (.418) from the field including 8-21 (.381) from beyond the arc but the Spartans were able to dominate down low. Aurora outrebounded the Sabres 44-36 and outscored the Sabres in the paint by a 40-24 margin.
Junior Evan Hansen paced the Sabre offense with 19 points, while fellow junior Tyrese Pinsonnetted 15 points with three assists and two steals. Freshman Logan Hamilton was able to come off the bench and score 10 points.
Senior Alex Manhardt played his final collegiate game closing out his career with 1,036 points, 580 rebounds and 89 blocks. Manhardt is only the eighth Sabre in men's basketball history to eclipse 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career.
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. - Marian University men's basketball (11-13, 10-9 NACC) was defeated by Lakeland in the finale of the series by a final score of 85-78.
The game opened as a see-saw battle with Marian holding a 13-12 lead before Lakeland went on a 13-0 run to take a 25-13 lead with 8:41 left in the first half. Junior Kelvin Jones was able to convert a three-point play in the final seconds half the half to send the Sabres into the break trailing 42-34.
The Sabres were able to chip away at their deficit cutting the Lakeland lead down to as little as four on several occasions but the Muskies held off Marian. An 18-7 run from the Muskies late in the second half gave Lakeland a game-high 15-point lead at 79-64 with only 3:56 left in action.
From there, the Sabres were able to close out the game strong with a 14-6 run but the rally came up short as Marian was swept by Lakeland in the season series.
Marian had a strong game shooting going 30-74 (.405) including 7-15 (.467) from beyond the arc, but the Muskie offense was too much for the Sabres going 34-68 (.500) from the field and 11-27 (.407) from three-point land.
The Sabre did manage to outrebound the Muskies by a 43-41 margin and outscored Lakeland in second chance points 20-8. Marian also converted 10 Lakeland turnovers into 14 points.
Jones had a big game for the Sabres with a career-high 25 points off of 10-18 (.556) shooting, while senior Alex Manhardt chipped in 12 points with nine rebounds.
Marian concludes the regular season at Aurora Saturday, Feb. 17 with a 2 p.m. tip-off. The Sabres need a win or losses from Rockford and Edgewood to earn a berth in the NACC Tournament.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. - Marian University men's basketball (11-12, 10-8 NACC) couldn't overcome an 11-point deficit at halftime falling to Edgewood by a 76-67 final.
The pair of teams opened the game at a 7-7 draw before Edgewood went on an 18-0 run to take a commanding 25-7 advantage with 5:51 left in the first half. The Sabres managed to cut into the deficit using a 9-2 run to close out the half and put the Sabres behind 35-24 at the break.
Edgewood managed to shoot the lights out in the opening half going 13-24 (.542) from the field including 4-5 (.800) shooting from beyond the arc.
The Sabres rallied right out of the gates to open the second half scoring the first eight points to cut the lead down to 35-32 and 17:38 left to play. Marian cut the lead down to three on several occasions before a three-pointer from Logan Hamilton with 11:07 left to play tied the game at 47-47. Edgewood then scored the next seven points as they quickly retook the lead for good. The Eagles managed to build their lead to as large as 12 as they cruised to the win in the final minutes.
Marian outrebounded the Eagles 37-31 but Edgewood was able to outscore the Sabres 22-11 in the points off turnovers category.
Senior Alex Manhardt had his 11th double-double of the season scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 boards to go with three blocks. The Sabres also had some strong performances from a pair of freshmen with Tristan Van Ess scoring a team-high 17 points and Logan Hamilton coming off the bench with 13 points.
Marian hits the road playing at Lakeland Wednesday, Feb. 14 with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.
MILWAUKEE - Marian University men's basketball (11-11, 10-7 NACC) trailed by 11 points at halftime but rallied to defeat Wisconsin Lutheran 67-61.
Senior Alex Manhardt was a key part of the comeback scoring 20 of his game-high 22 points in the second half as he became the eighth Sabre in program history to reach 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career. Manhardt shot 5-9 (.555) in the second stanza and went 10-12 (.833) from the charity stripe in the second half.
Each team shot well in the first half with the Sabres going 12-27 (.444) from the field and the Warriors shooting 14-31 (.452). After a jumper from junior Kelvin Jones put the Sabres ahead 12-11, Wisconsin Lutheran would go on a 14-1 run to take a 26-12 lead with 8:06 to play in the first half. The Warriors were able to outscore Marian 14-5 in points off turnovers in the half and 11-0 in second chance points.
In the second half, however, the Marian defense was able to hold the Warrior offense to 6-28 (.214) shooting including 0-16 (.000) from beyond the arc. The Warriors were able to hold onto their lead at 45-35 with 13:42 remaining before the Sabres scored the next 11 points to take their first lead since the 12:07 mark of the opening half.
From there, the game was a see-saw battle with WLC taking a small 60-59 lead with only 3:06 left to play following a made free throw. This would prove to be the final lead for the Warriors, however, as the Sabres then closed out the game with an 8-2 run with Manhardt scoring seven of those points.
Marian finished the game shooting 25-57 (.439) from the field and dominated in the paint where they outscored the Warriors 36-22.
Manhardt also grabbed 11 rebounds, five on the offensive end, in the win for his 10th double-double of the season. Juniors Evan Hansen and Tyrese Pinson each chipped in double-figure points with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Pinson and Jones were each able to grab four steals on the defensive end to lead Marian.
Marian closes out the home portion of their schedule hosting Edgewood for a 2 p.m. tip-off Saturday, February 10.
RIVER FOREST, Ill. - Marian University men's basketball (10-11, 9-7 NACC) outscored Dominican 42-29 in the second half en route to a 69-56 conference win.
The Sabres had four of their five scorers hit double-figures and had one of their best games at the charity stripe going 22-27 (.815). Senior Alex Manhardt had a game-high 17 points as he continues to close in on 1,000 career points, while junior Evan Hansen scored 16 points, freshman Tristan Van Ess 13 points and junior Tyrese Pinson 12 points. Manhardt also grabbed 14 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair with the largest lead being a seven-point Star advantage midway through the half. It wasn't until the 15:16 mark of the second half when Van Ess made a jump shot that jump-started an 11-4 run that allowed Marian to build a 45-36 advantage with 13:03 left to play. Junior Will Olewinski would score the final five points of the run with a layup and three-pointer, respectively.
The Stars waded the momentum, however, and only found themselves down 58-52 with 4:23 left to play before the Sabres used an 11-4 run to close out the game and deny any thought of a rally.
The Sabre defense once again had a strong outing forcing 18 turnovers, which translated into 21 points off turnovers.
Marian also outrebounded the Stars 38-36 and outscored Dominican 12-0 in second chance points. This was all part of a dominant performance down low for Marian that saw the Sabres outscore the Stars 32-12 in the paint.
Marian closes out a three-game road trip at Wisconsin Lutheran Tuesday, Feb. 6 with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.
MEQUON, Wis. - Despite a cold night shooting, Marian University men's basketball (9-11, 8-7 NACC) was able to remain in the hunt for a NACC Tournament bid with a 60-57 win over Concordia Wisconsin securing the season sweep.
No team managed a lead larger than six in the game with a total of nine ties and 12 lead changes in a tight game from start to finish. Marian would only shoot 21-65 (.323) in the win but doubled up the Falcons on made three-pointers 8-4. The Sabre defense also played a big role in the victory forcing 30 turnovers, which led to Marian outscoring the Falcons 26-7 in points off turnovers.
The Falcons opened with a 17-12 lead before a three-pointer from junior Will Olewinski capped off an 11-2 run that saw Marian take a 23-19 lead with 6:28 left in the first half. Marian retained the lead for the remainder of the half and headed to the locker room with a 28-27 advantage.
The second half opened with CUW retaking the lead with a 7-2 run but the Sabres quickly bounced back scoring the next six points to take a 36-34 advantage with 14:47 left to play. Another 7-0 run shortly after gave Marian a 46-40 advantage with 8:56 left to play, the largest lead for either side in the game.
Concordia Wisconsin wouldn't go away, however, as they managed to take the lead at 55-54 with 2:30 left to play after an 11-6 spurt. Marian responded with junior Tyrese Pinson scoring the next four points from the charity stripe as the Sabres took the lead for good. Pinson knocked down another pair of free throws with one second remaining to ice the game and close out the game with the final six points of the game for Marian.
Olewinski came off the bench to score a team-high 14 points, shooting 4-8 (.500) from beyond the arc, while freshman Tristan Van Ess and junior Evan Hansen each chipped in 10 points.
Marian remains on the road traveling to Dominican Saturday, Feb. 3 for a 2 p.m. tip.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. - Marian University men's basketball (8-11, 7-7 NACC) led by as much as 15 but Aurora managed to come back and defeat the Sabres 72-68.
The Sabre defense opened the game strong holding the Spartans to 9-31 (.290) shooting from the field, while Marian shot 16-34 (.471) from the field. The two squads went back-and-forth with the Sabres holding a 28-27 lead with 5:55 left in the first half. MU then finished the half with a 13-4 run to take a 41-31 lead into the locker room.
Marian built their lead out to 50-35 with 15:13 left in the game following a jumper from senior Alex Manhardt before the Spartans began their rally. Following the Manhardt jumper, the Spartans went on a 21-4 retaking the lead at 56-54 and 7:19 remaining.
From there, the game was similar to the start of the game with neither team building a lead larger than three before the final minute. The Sabres managed to tie the game twice in that span but wouldn't manage to retake the lead the remainder of the game.
Manhardt led the Sabres going a perfect 6-6 from the field for a team-high 17 points to go with 12 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the year and three blocks. Freshman Logan Hamiltonadded 13 points off the bench, while junior Tyrese Pinson chipped in 12 points
Marian opens a three-game road trip Wednesday, Jan. 31 at Concordia Wis. for a 7 p.m. tip.
MILWAUKEE - Marian University men's basketball (8-10, 7-6 NACC) led late in the second half but the Raiders rallied to defeat the Sabres 72-71.
MSOE led most of the first half and built their lead to as large as 11 points following a 15-5 run before the Sabres ended the half strong. Marian closed out the opening half with an 11-3 run that was capped off by a jumper from junior Tyrese Pinson putting the Sabre deficit at 35-32.
Marian then kept themselves in striking distance and used a 10-4 run midway through the second half to take a 48-44 lead with 12:22 remaining off of a three-pointer from freshman Noah Knudsen.
After the Radiers knotted the game at 48-48, Marian went on another extended run using an 11-4 run to build their lead to 59-52 with 8:34, their largest lead of the game. A Raider timeout, however, put an abrupt end to the run and the Raiders kept the deficit manageable. The 5-minute mark then proved to be the turning point as MSOE was able to close out the game with a 12-4 stretch taking the lead with 26 ticks left.
The Sabres would have a pair of opportunities at the basket in teh final seconds but nothing would fall as the Raiders held on for the come from behind win.
The Raiders outshot the Sabres going 22-43 (.512) from the field including 9-17 (.529) from beyond the arc. The Sabres shot 24057 (.421) from the field and had one of their best games at the charity stripe going 19-22 (.864).
Senior Alex Manhardt recorded his seventh double-double of the year in the loss with 12 points and 13 rebounds, while Pinson also chipped in 11 points. Freshman Logan Hamilton finished with a team-high 16 points off the bench going a perfect 7-7 from the bench.
Marian returns home to take on Aurora at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27 from Sadoff Gym.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. - Marian University men's basketball (8-9, 7-5 NACC) led 31-27 at the half but Rockford managed to rally in the second half defeating the Sabres 66-60.
The first half was tight from the start but Marian used a 7-3 run in the final 2:45 to take the halftime lead. The Sabres out shot the Regents going 13-35 (.371) from the field in the opening half led by junior Tyrese Pinson who had 10 points.
After senior Alex Manhardt cut the deficit down to 33-32 at the 16:31 mark of the second half Rockford went on a quick 8-3 run that gave the Regents a seven-point advantage. This small run played a key role as the Regents were able to build a comfortable lead that they held the remainder of the game.
The Regents built their lead up to 11 points before the Sabres used an 11-4 run to trim the deficit to 64-60 with 54 seconds remaining following a three-pointer from freshman Tristan Van Ess. The rally was too late, however, as the Regents held the Sabres off the scoreboard the remainder of the game.
The Sabres held a 47-42 advantage in rebounds despite the Regents out scoring Marian 40-32 in the paint.
Manhardt led the Sabres with 13 points and six rebounds as he joined the 500-career rebound club. Pinson also had 13 points to go with four assists and three steals, while Van Ess had 12 points with a team-high seven rebounds.
Marian hits the road traveling to MSOE looking for a season sweep of the Raiders Tuesday, Jan. 23 for a 7 p.m. tip.
RIVER FOREST, Ill. - Concordia Chicago was able to force overtime after a big second half comeback but Marian University men's basketball (8-8, 7-4 NACC) were able to rally in overtime to defeat Concordia Chicago 84-83.
Marian shot the lights out in the opening half as they were able to lead 49-30 heading into the break. The Sabres went 19-27 (.704) from the field including 4-7 (.571) from beyond the arc with nine different Sabres scoring. Senior Alex Manhardt led the charge in the strong offensive half recording a double-double in his first 17 minutes of action with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Marian was able to build their lead to as large as 22 points after a three-pointer from junior Ryan Biffert put the Sabres ahead 52-30 with 19:19 left in regulation. From there, the Cougars chipped away at the Marian lead but the Sabres managed to hold a comfortable lead until the final minutes.
After a pair of free throws from freshman Tristan Van Ess put Marian ahead 73-65 with 3:07 left in the half, the Cougars rallied using a 10-2 run to send the game into overtime.
The Cougars used the momentum from the end of the second half to score the first four points of the overtime, their first lead of the game. A three-pointer from sophomore Trentin Fouse proved to be a momentum shifter, however, as it cut the Marian deficit to one with 2:05 left.
From there, the final scoring would all come from the charity stripe where a pair of free throws from freshman Logan Hamilton gave MU their first lead of the overtime and another pair from junior Tyrese Pinson put the Sabres ahead for good with seven seconds remaining.
Manhardt closed out the game with 21 points and 19 rebounds, 15 on the defensive end to lead Marian. Van Ess and Fouse came off the bench to chip in 13 points along with Biffert, while Hamilton closed out with 12 points.
The Sabres closed out the win 27-58 (.466) from the field but committed 24 turnovers that led to 26 Cougar points. The Marian bench also closed out the game with 44 points.
Marian returns home when they host Rockford at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20 from Sadoff Gym.
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