FOND DU LAC, Wis. - Marian University men's basketball (6-12, 5-8 NACC) held on late to defeat Wisconsin Lutheran 85-82 in NACC action.
The Sabres would come out of the gates scoring the first five points of the game and five-point lead proved to be the biggest lead of the half as the teams went back-and-forth. The game was knotted at 22 apiece before the Warriors used a 9-5 run to take a 31-27 lead, their largest lead of the half.
A quick 9-3 run to end the half by the Sabres, however, gave MU a 36-34 advantage heading into the locker rooms.
Marian shot well in the opening half going 15-29 (.517) from the field and dominatd down low outscoring WLC 20-4 in the paint.
Wisconsin Lutheran came out of the break scoring the first four points of the half to regain the lead and eventually grew their lead out to 51-45 with 13:34 left to play. The Sabres responded with a 14-7 run to retake the lead at 59-58 capped off by a three-pointer from freshman Trentin Fouse.
The Warriors responded scoring the game's next five points and the two teams went back and forth in a seesaw battle that saw neither team lead by more than two points.
WLC found themselves up 75-73 with just 1:54 remaining before the Sabres used a quick 5-0 run to take a 78-75 lead with 36-seconds left, a lead they would not relinquish. Marian then finished out the game making four of their final six free throws and a late desperation shot from WLC would come up short to set the final at 85-82.
The Sabres finished the game shooting 28-55 (.509) from the field including 5-16 (.313) from beyond the arc.
Three Sabres reached double-figures in the win led by sophomore Evan Hansen who netted 16 points with six rebounds. Fellow sophomore Tyrese Pinson added 14 points, while junior Alex Manhardt chipped in 13 points and had a team-high eight rebounds.
Marian opens up a stretch of seven games in 15 days to close out the season Tuesday, Jan. 31 when the Sabres welcome CUW to Sadoff Gym for a 7 p.m. tip.
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