RIVER FOREST, Ill. - Marian University men's basketball (5-10, 4-6 NACC) rallied late in the game but Dominican was able to answer in the final minutes and defeat the Sabres 74-69.
Marian and Dominican started the game trading basket for basket out of the gates with the Stars taking the early 9-7 lead. The Stars' fast break up-tempo style allowed Dominican to use an 11-1 run that extended their lead out to 27-21. A late push from the Sabres, however, cut the Star lead to 36-33 heading into the break.
Marian came out of the intermission fast using an 8-3 run to take a 41-39 lead to open the half. The Stars answered, however, breaking a 47-47 tie with a 12-0 run to retake the lead at 59-47 with 8:40 left. From there, the Sabres were able to rally and chip away at the lead eventually taking the lead back off of a jump shot from junior Alex Manhardt that put the score at 64-66 with 1:55 left to play.
Dominican would close out the game with a 10-3 run, however, including a perfect 4-4 from the charity stripe in the final 16 seconds to ice the 74-69 win.
Manhardt finished the game with his fourth double-double of the season scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 boards. Junior Reggie Roemer came off the bench to chip in 19 points for MU.
Marian will be on the road to face Lakeland University Wednesday, Jan. 18 with tip set for 7 p.m.
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