ROCKFORD, Ill. - Five players would score double figures in a double overtime thriller with Rockford but Marian men's basketball (0-9, 0-5 NACC) would fall on a Regent buzzer beater 98-96.
The Regents would take the lead early in the first half starting the game hot from the field but Marian would bounce back using a timeout to tie the game at 5:32 left in the half. The rest of the half was back-and-forth action and Marian would hold a slight lead heading into halftime 38-36.
Marian and Rockford would continue where the first half left off as both teams would trade baskets early in the second half. The tight action saw four ties and neither side holding a lead greater than six.
Throughout the final three minutes of play, Rockford held a slim five-point lead, but junior Alex Manhardt would cut the lead down to two with under 50 seconds left in regulation. The Sabres were able to get the defensive stop they needed and were able to capitalize on the offensive front with a pair of free throws from freshman Charlie Witek to force overtime.
In overtime, the Regents and Sabres would continue to trade baskets again. Rockford would hold the lead 84-82 with 11 seconds left, but Marian would again be at the line with an opportunity to tie the game. This time it would be sophomore Evan Hansen who sunk a pair of clutch free throws to force a second overtime.
The second overtime followed the script from the entire game with tight action and neither team leading by more than four points. A Manhardt layup and free throw gave Marian a one-point lead but a three-pointer from Rockford in the final second of action allowed the Regents to sneak out the 98-96 win.
Manhardt led the way with his first double-double of the year finishing with 22 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Sophomore Kelvin Jones gave a spark off the bench for the Sabre offense finishing with 19 points, while Hansen chipped in 17 points. Witek would nearly collect a double-double himself with 13 points and eight rebounds.
Marian will next be in action Saturday, December 17 as they travel to Benedictine University for a 4:15 p.m. tip.
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