By: Sports Information Director, Luke Pattarozzi
MILWAUKEE (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University men's basketball team recorded its first road victory and surpassed last season's win total as it cruised to a 10-point, 61-51, Northern Athletics Conference victory over host Wisconsin Lutheran College at the Recreation Complex this evening, Jan. 17.
The Sabres, who led by as many as 12 points and trailed less than a handful of times, received a game-high 20 points from Jeff Harris. The junior guard knocked down seven of his 14 shots and made three triples. Three others reached double-figures for Marian, which improves to 5-11 overall, 2-6 in the NAC.
A pair of Mike Keller buckets combined with a Harris three-pointer got the Sabres out to a quick 7-0 lead to start the game. The lead grew to as much as 15-3 by the 14:09 mark in the first half before the Warriors (2-13, 1-6 NAC) mounted their comeback.
Alex Merbach ended the 8-0 run with a jumper to cut the deficit to 10 points and Wisconsin Lutheran embarked on a 14-3 run before tying the game at 21-all by the 4:17 mark. Marian took a 26-24 lead into halftime.
The Warriors scored the first two baskets out of the break, but their lead would never reach more than two points throughout the duration of the contest. Marian broke a 30-30 tie with an 11-4 run capped off by an emphatic Harris dunk and the Sabres never looked back.
Sam Koslowski added 11 points off the bench, going 4-for-7 from the field, while Cody Veleke and Keller each added 10 points apiece. Russell Strutz scored 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting for WLC. Merback added 13.
The Sabres shot 43.5 percent from the field and outscored the Warriors 35-27 in the second half. Marian attempted 26 free throws to Wisconsin Lutheran's seven, converting 16 for a 61.5 percent clip. WLC made just four attempts.
The Sabres will face a quick turnaround as they hit the road for a Thursday meeting with Maranatha Baptist in Watertown. It will be the 48th meeting all-time between both squads, 41 of which Marian has been on the winning side of. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.
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