MEQUON, Wis, (SabreAthletics.Com) -- The Marian University men's basketball team took on the CUW Falcons in a NACC match-up to finish the regular season. Marian's Alex Stecker evened the score at 60 on two made free throws with 22 second remaining, but CUW's Eric Kittle knocked down a jumper as time expired to defeat the Sabres 62-60.
The Sabres (11-14, 10-10 NACC) started the night strong, gaining a six-point lead just under seven minutes into the game. A 12-4 run by the Falcons (16-9, 14-6 NACC) erased the lead, but the Sabres were able to fight their way back and tie the game at 22 on a three-point bucket by Connor Morovits to end the half.
Montrell Hobbs regained the lead for the Sabres early in the second half, but the Falcons continuously had answers. The game was tied at 41 with just over eight minutes remaining, but the Sabres quickly found themselves fighting from behind after a three-pointer by Eric Kittel gave the Falcons a four-point lead with 6:47 to go. The Sabres were able to tie the game up twice in the final minutes but were unable to ever regain the lead.
The Sabres were effective from the field on the night, shooting 44.4 percent as a team. Mike Keller (12), Josh Creed (12), Hobbs (11) and Alex Stecker (10) each finished with double-digits.
Kittel had a game-high 20 points for the Falcons on 8-of-10 shooting. The Falcons shot 38.3 as a team and brought down 40 rebounds compared to the Sabres' 31.
Coming into the night the Sabres had a chance to clinch the sixth seed in the NACC Tournament with a win and an MSOE loss to Wisconsin Lutheran, or the seventh seed with a win and a win by MSOE. The Warriors fortunately beat the Raiders, but with the Sabres setback to CUW, Marian is now the eighth seed in the tournament as both MSOE (13-12, 10-10 NACC) and Wisconsin Lutheran (14-11, 10-10 NACC) have the tiebreaker over the Sabres.
It will be a tough battle for the Sabres in the NACC Tournament as each game will be on the road, starting with the first-seeded Aurora Spartans on Saturday, Feb. 21. The Sabres went 0-2 against the Spartans on the year, but both games were decided by three points or less. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.
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