By: Sports Information Director, Luke Pattarozzi
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – Senior Jake Coenen made it a memorable Senior Day after matching a career-high 12 points in the first half as the Marian University men's basketball team cruised to its sixth straight victory with an 81-64 Northern Athletics Conference win over visiting Concordia University Chicago, inside Sadoff Gymnasium, this afternoon, Feb. 2.
Cody Veleke led the Marian attack with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Coenen, Sam Koslowski and Alex Stecker also reached double figures with 12, 12 and 11 points, respectively. The Sabres defense made it difficult for the Cougars to make any sort of run after converting 24 points off their 15 turnovers and with a bench that outscored Concordia Chicago, 38-19.
Marian improved to 14-8 overall, 9-4 in the NAC with the win, while Concordia Chicago fell to 2-19 (1-11 NAC) with the loss.
The Sabres shot 57.7 percent (15-for-26) in the first half, including 6-for-9 from three-point range to jump out to a comfortable 43-30 lead at halftime. Coenen led the Sabres with 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including three from long range.
Khirey Floyd seemed to be the lone producer on offense in the opening frame, scoring a game-high 15 points as CUC shot just 38.5 percent (10-for-26) from the field.
In the second half, Stecker knocked down back-to-back three's and then followed it up with a steal that eventually led to Veleke layup to give the Sabres their largest lead at the time of 51-32. Marian would lead by as much as 20 points after Koslowski drained a triple from the outside to make it 56-36 with 16:10 left in the game.
Marian made 11 three's in the contest, its fourth game in a row with double digit made three's. Prior to that, the Sabres had only made as many as nine three's in a game, doing so on five separate occasions.
A Cougar run midway through the second half cut the deficit to 10 points at 61-51, but the Sabres quickly mounted an answer by stretching the lead back up to 17 points with a 7-0 run.
Coenen was honored prior to the game with his family joining him at mid-court.
The Sabres will look to make it seven straight victories as they begin a three-game road swing to end the regular season with Edgewood College this Wed., Feb. 6. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. in Madison.
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