FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University men's basketball team registered its fourth straight win and remained unbeaten in conference play after dispatching a battered Wisconsin Lutheran College squad, 77-55, inside Sadoff Gymnasium, this evening, Dec. 4.
Carvell Oliver and Josh Creed tied for game-high honors with 15 points, but it was Drew Binversie with another superb all-around effort for the Sabres (4-2, 3-0 NACC) after turning in 13 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists in the win. Marian never trailed on the way to its seventh straight win over the Warriors (3-4, 1-3 NACC) in the all-time series.
Marian has hung its hat on the defensive end and it's shown following a fourth straight opponent being held to under 58 points. Wisconsin Lutheran shot just 35.4 percent (17-for-48) for the game and 26.9 percent (7-for-26) in the second half, while the Sabres converted 14 WLC turnovers into 21 points.
Marian got off to a great start with a 18-8 advantage following an Isiah Daniels lay-in at the 12:33 mark in the first half. The Warriors would eventually cut the deficit to one when Alec Breazeale made it 20-19 with 9:14 left in the half.
But then the Sabres went on a substantial run, outscoring the Warriors 16-4 over the next 6 minutes of action to take a commanding, 36-23 lead.
WLC would cut the deficit to 8 points at the half, trailing 39-31. Creed tallied 11 of his 15 points in the first half, while Oliver connected on three 3's.
The Warriors kept the margin in single digits for the early part of the second half until the Sabres embarked on a 17-5 run capped by a Binversie layup to make it 68-47 at the 5:25 mark.
Marian had 10 players enter the scoring column and assisted on 22-of-30 field goals in the win. It marks the most assists for a Marian team since registering 24 in a NACC tournament first round win last February – also against WLC.
The Sabres outscored WLC's bench, 31-23. In addition to Hobbs' 10 points off the bench, the Sabres received quality production from Daniels (7 points), Brandon McCullum (6 points, 3 rebounds) and Mark Keller (5 points).
WLC was led by DJ Escamilla, who scored 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Jake Jarnigo, who came into the game averaging over 20 points per game, was held to just 8 points on 2-for-7 from the field.
The Sabres will look to wrap up a busy week this Saturday, Dec. 6, when they take on Rockford at 4:15 p.m. Marian is asking that everyone wear blue to the game in an effort to raise awareness for juvenile diabetes and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
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