By: Sports Information Director, Luke Pattarozzi
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – Behind a pair of stellar performances by Cody Veleke and Sam Koslowski, the Marian University men's basketball team won for the fifth time in seven tries as it took down visiting Dominican University, 66-53, in Northern Athletics Conference play this afternoon, Feb. 4.
Veleke led all scorers with 24 points, while Koslowski added 19 and seven rebounds. The sophomore guard was inserted into the starting lineup in place of the ill Jeff Harris and came through with 17 first half points to pace the Sabres to the 33-25 lead at halftime. Veleke then took over in the second half, scoring 17 points in helping Marian stay very much alive in the playoff picture.
Marian led by as many as 14 points and never trailed after the 16:37 mark in the first half. The Sabres held Dominican to just 33.9 percent shooting and only eight free throw attempts in the contest.
Marian improves to 8-13 overall, 5-8 in the NAC, while Dominican falls to 3-18 (1-12 NAC).
After falling behind early, 5-4, the Sabre embarked on a 10-0 run, capped off by an extra effort play by Gomez in which he was rewarded with a three-pointer in the corner. It forced the Stars to take their second timeout of the game.
The Sabres went on to build a 14-point lead in the first half before the Stars made a late run to cut the halftime deficit to eight points.
Marian came out of the break in complete control, pushing the lead back to double-digits on several occasions and having answer for every mini-run made by Dominican.
The Sabres out-rebounded the Stars 41-28 in the contest, while going 21-for-26 at the free throw line.
Marian will host Wisconsin Lutheran this Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. The Sabres look to create separation for the fourth and final seed in the North Division as they try and sweep the season series from the Warriors, who dropped a one point decision to MSOE today. Marian holds a one game lead on WLC in the standings going into Wednesday's game.
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