FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – It came down to the wire once again for the Marian University men's basketball team as they hosted the Lakeland Muskies, tonight, February 10, in an important NACC match-up. The Sabres were down by one with four seconds remaining when Josh Creed's desperation three fell off the mark, leading to a 69-68 setback to the Muskies.
The Sabres were down by as many as thirteen points in the second half after the Muskies went on an early 13 point run. A 15-to-2 response by the Sabres evened the score with six minutes remaining in the game. The game stayed tight in the final minutes, and with 20 seconds left and the Sabres trailing by one, Montrell Hobbs and Drew Binversie double teamed the Muskies inbound pass to steal the ball and call a timeout.
Eight seconds into the Sabres possession, the Muskies ruled out a chance of running down the clock when they fouled Drew Binversie to bring the Sabres to the line for two. Binversie was able to give the Sabres their first lead in over 17 minutes by making both free throws, but there was still enough time for a last Muskie possession. A foul call on the Sabres with seconds left on the clock sent Lakeland's Zach Van Egen to the line where he ultimately won the game for the Muskies.
Free throw shooting was a struggle for the Sabres on the night. The Sabres went to the line 22 times but shot only 50% to help the Muskies stay in the game. Lakleand went 13-of-16 from the line on the night.
It was an evenly fought first half as the two teams traded the lead five times. The Sabres were down by one with a minute and a half remaining when Montrell Hobbs put the Sabres on top with a hard earned three-point play.
Brandon McCullum continued his success off the bench for the Sabres as he went 5-of-5 from the floor on his way to a team-high 14 points. Josh Creed finished with 12 points for the Sabres after being held scoreless in the first half.
Lakeland's, Joey Burris, led the Muskie offense on the night. Burris scored a game-high 26 points on 9-of-13 shooting in 38 minutes of action. Zach Van Engen also had success for the Muskies, finishing with 14 points.
Despite the setback, the Sabres did not lose any ground in their chase for the sixth seed in the NACC as MSOE also lost on the night. The Sabres have two more chances to gain better position, starting with a match-up at Concordia Chicago on Saturday, Feb. 14. Tip-off is set for 4:15 p.m.
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