MILWAUKEE, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – A slow start doomed the Sabres as MSOE jumped out to 13-0 lead and never looked back, snapping the Marian University men's basketball team's nine-game winning streak following a 77-66 victory inside the Kern Center, this evening, Feb. 5.
Marian (16-5, 14-2 NACC) trailed by as many as 19 points in the first half before cutting the deficit to five at halftime, but MSOE (17-4, 12-4 NACC) had an answer for every Sabre comeback attempt in the final 20 minutes and was able to put the game away down the stretch. The Raiders went 37-for-45 at the free throw line and shot over 46 percent from the field. Austin Stueck led all scorers with 24 points, while John Cording added 17.
The Sabres managed to get to the foul line just 14 times, making 11 attempts and were led by Alex Stecker's team-high 13 points to go along with three rebounds and four assists. Cody Veleke added 10 points, while Drew Binversie and Josh Creed chipped in eight and seven points, respectively, and added four rebounds apiece as Marian fell for the first time since Dec. 20.
Out of halftime, the Sabres, who ended the half on a 6-0 run made it nine straight when Stecker knocked down a three to make it 41-38 less than a minute into the second half.
However, by the midway point, the MSOE lead had grown back to double digits as a long loose ball rebound resulted in a Stueck dunk at the other end to make it 54-43 Raiders. MSOE built the advantage to as many as 18 points before Marian cut into the deficit once again.
Just outside of a minute to go, Stecker connected on a pair of three's to make it 71-63, but that was as close as the Sabres would get in a tough atmosphere on the road.
The Raiders raced out to a 13-0 lead out of the gates and led by as many as 19 points with a 28-9 advantage midway through the first half. The Sabres started 4-for-17 from the field before closing out the half 11-for-26 (42.3 percent). A 10-3 Marian run cut the deficit to just six points at 41-35 and was capped with a Brad Koth three-pointer with time winding down.
The Raiders used an 18-for-21 effort from the foul line to aid their impressive first half against the first-place Sabres. Stueck , who led all scorers with 16 points in the opening 20 minutes went 5-for-7 from the line to lead MSOE, while Creed led Marian with seven points in five minutes off the bench.
The Sabres outscored MSOE 20-16 in the paint and held a 25-16 lead in bench scoring, while turning 13 Raider turnovers into 17 points.
Marian will be back in action against Aurora University (13-8, 10-6 NACC) in what will be honored as Alumni Day this Saturday, Feb. 8. Men tip off at 2 p.m. followed by the women at 4:15. Live stats and audio links will be provided via SabreAthletics.com and Stretch Internet.
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