FOND DU LAC, Wis. -Marian University men's basketball (5-9, 4-5 NACC) was able to survive a late comeback attempt from Edgewood College to record their fifth straight victory by a final score of 72-68.
The Eagles came to play early in the first half jumping out on the Sabres with an 11-4 spurt. Following a Marian timeout, the Sabres would chip away at the Eagle lead and take their first lead of the game at 27-26 with 3:20 left in the first half. The following few minutes saw both the Eagles and Sabres trade basket for basket eventually leading to a 31-31 halftime score.
The Eagles controlled the paint in the opening half outrebounding the Sabres 22-13.
Marian and Edgewood would pickup where they left off to open the second half leading to a knotted game at 36-36. The Sabre defense then entered a full court press, which allowed the offense to push the tempo and use a 17-4 run to take a 53-40 advantage with 11:55 left to play.
Edgewood, however, would not go away quietly as they connected on back-to-back three-pointers to narrow the Sabre lead to nine with under seven minutes left to play forcing a Sabre timeout. Edgewood continued to chip away at the Sabre lead coming to within two at 68-66 with 2:29 left to play.
After an Eagle jump shot, the Marian lead would be cut to one with 1:57 in regulation, but the Sabre defense would shutout the Eagles the rest of the way and junior Reggie Roemer would go 3-4 from the charity stripe in the final minute to seal the 72-68 victory.
Junior Alex Manhardt led the offense recording his third double-double of the season with 13 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. Freshman Will Polcynski and sophomore Tyrese Pinson each chipped in 13 points as well with Polcynski grabbing seven boards and Pinson recording five steals and three assists.
The Sabres open up a three-game road trip traveling to Dominican University Saturday, January 14 for a 4:15 p.m. tip.
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