RIVER FOREST, Ill. - Four Sabres recorded double-figures as Marian University men's basketball (4-9, 3-5 NACC) rallied late to defeat Concordia Chicago 85-73.
In the first half, the Sabres and Cougars would trade baskets early to start the game with the Sabres holding the one-point lead at 12-11 with under 12 minutes left to play. The Sabres would take the first healthy lead of the game using an 8-0 run to take a 20-13 lead. Concordia Chicago battled back, however, to cut the deficit to one at 32-31 with 1:29 left in the half.
Marian then closed out the half with a quick 6-0 run that extended the MU lead out to 38-31 heading into the locker room.
The Cougars and Sabres went back-and-forth with CUC slowly chipping away at the Sabre lead until the Cougars took their first lead of the half at 51-50 with 10:16 left in regulation. The game continued to be a battle on both sides with the Cougars leading 60-58 with 5:29 left when the Sabres used an extended run to put away CUC.
MU would shoot 6-7 from the field in the following minutes as part of a 19-3 run that allowed the Sabres to build a 77-63 lead with just 1:20 remaining. Marian was then able to put the game away from the charity stripe in the final minute setting the final at 85-73.
The Marian offense once again put together a good game shooting 30-61 (.492) from the field including 5-16 (.313) from beyond the arc. The Sabre defense would force 18 Cougar turnovers and turned that into 28 points.
Sophomores Tyrese Pinson and Kelvin Jones each netted a game-high 19 points to lead the offense with Pinson nearly missing out on a double-double with nine rebounds. Junior Alex Manhardt came off the bench, shooting 7-12 for the game, to chip in 18 points and eight rebounds.
Marian hits the road once again traveling to MSOE Tuesday, Jan. 10 for a 7 p.m. tip.
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