FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – A near-perfect first half saw the Marian University men's basketball team take a commanding 20-point lead into the locker room and it never looked back, defeating visiting Edgewood College, 72-60, to move to 5-0 in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference inside Sadoff Gymnasium, this evening, Dec. 11.
Marian went 19-for-32 (59.4 percent) from the field, while closing the first half on a 12-0 run to take a 42-22 lead into the break. Edgewood was held to just 29.6 percent shooting and the Sabres turned eight first-half Eagle turnovers into 11 points en route to the win. Senior Cody Veleke led a balanced scoring effort with a game-high 13 points, while 13 Sabres cracked the scoring column in all.
Edgewood put nine players in the scoring column, led by Jake Heuer's 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting.
The Sabres beat the Eagles for the fourth straight time and matched their best conference start since 2007-08 as they improved to 6-3 overall, 5-0 in the NACC with the win. Meanwhile, the Eagles dropped to 5-3 (3-2 NACC) with the loss.
The lead reached 24 points by the 10:34 mark in the second half before both coaches went to their benches. The Sabres ended up shooting a season-best 51 percent (25-of-49) from the field and held the Eagles to just 37.7 percent (23-for-61) shooting.
Edgewood jumped out to an 8-4 advantage early on, taking advantage of some gaps in the Sabre defense. However, Marian would work out the kinks to make an 11-2 run to take a 15-10 lead near the midway point in the opening stanza.
Sam Koslowski started the run with a three-pointer from the wing for three of his seven points, while Montrell Hobbs, Elan Solvik and Veleke also got into the mix. Hobbs once again provided a spark off the bench with eight points and five rebounds in 14 minutes.
Marian would push the lead to double digits before Edgewood cut the deficit back to eight, 30-22, with 3:37 to go. From that point on, it was all Sabres as a 12-0 run to close the half would spell Edgewood's doom on this night.
Three's by Jeff Harris and Veleke highlighted the run that had the Sabres riding high heading into the break. All of Harris' five points on the night came in the first half and he now remains just seven points away from reaching 1,000 for his career.
He will have a chance to reach that mark at home as Marian hosts Concordia University Chicago this Saturday, Dec. 14. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. inside Sadoff Gymnasium. Live video and stats links can be found at SabreAthletics.com.
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