By: Sports Information Director, Luke Pattarozzi
DUBUQUE, Iowa (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University men's basketball team shot 56.4 percent from the field and Jeff Harris recorded a game-high 32 points, but it still wasn't enough to overcome a solid University of Dubuque squad that posted an 85-76 non-conference home victory at Stoltz Sports Center Saturday night, Dec. 17.
The Sabres led by as many as 13 points, 36-23, but the Spartans stormed back to close out the first half on an 8-1 run. By the 14:22 mark in the second half, the hosts took their first lead since the early stages of the game and never looked back.
Four Sabres reached double figures led by Harris' 32 points. Cody Veleke and Sam Koslowski chipped in 11 apiece, while Alex Gomez added 10. Lee Piccinelli led a balanced Spartan attack with 19 points, followed by 18 from Mitch Michaelis and 17 from Chris Frazier.
Dubuque improves to 6-1 on the season with the win, while Marian falls to 2-7 overall with the loss.
Both teams caught fire in the second half, eclipsing 58 percent from the field combined. Marian was 16-for-26 (61.5 percent), while Dubuque was 16-for-29 (55.2 percent).
The Sabres saw their lead evaporate for good by the 12:29 mark when the Spartans tied the score at 50-50 after Lucas Ware layup. Ware then followed up with a three to continue the momentum and Dubuque was off and running in the second half.
Marian cut the deficit to two, 65-63, with 6:38 remaining, but the Spartans responded with a 12-6 run, fueled by a solid free throw shooting effort, to close out the game. Dubuque went 20-for-27 at the charity stripe for the game, including 16-for-20 in the second half alone. Marian managed just 6-for-11 from the free throw line in the contest.
Marian went 15-of-29 (51.7 percent) from the field in the first half, including 4-of-8 from downtown, while Dubuque shot 40.7 percent from the field on 11-of-27 from the field and 5-for-11 from three-point land.
The Sabres led for the final 15:32 of the first stanza, using a 10-0 run midway through to build a 32-20 advantage with 5:49 left. An 8-1 run cut the deficit to 37-31 at the half.
Marian will be off until Dec. 30, when it plays host to 13th-ranked UW-Whitewater (8-1) inside Sadoff Gymnasium at 7 p.m.
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