RIVER FOREST, Ill. (SabreAthletics.com) - The Marian University men's basketball team was successful in their first conference game of the year, coming away with a 61-54 win at Dominican, today, Nov. 29. The starting line for Marian led a balanced attack as three members ended the day with double-digit scoring.
After playing from behind for the first ten minutes, the Sabres kicked it up a notch. The Sabres took the lead with seven minutes remaining in the first to gain momentum. They then went on a 9-0 run to finish the half with 29-17 lead. Rebounds were the key to the Sabres success in the half, as 11 defensive rebounds limited second chance opportunities for the Stars.
The Sabres continued to surge in the second half. An early seven-point run capped off by a Drew Binversie layup gave the Sabres a 17 point lead with 14 minutes remaining. The Stars slowly started to creep back into the game, though, as they capitalized on some Marian turnovers to cut the lead to five with just under six minutes to go.
The Stars eventually got within four points of the Sabres, but with under a minute left in the game they had no choice but to foul the Sabres in desperation. Marian's Alex Stecker hit four clutch free throws in the final thirty seconds to silence the Stars and walk away with a victory.
Carvell Oliver led the Sabres with 12 points on the night, while Drew Binversie and Josh Creed finished with 10. Binversie also made a difference controlling the ball, leading the team with nine rebounds, five steals and three assists.
Josh Mayberry was the leading shooter for the Stars. Mayberry went 9-20 from the field with 25 points, as well as five steals in the losing effort. Dominican's Tim Robertson also had himself quite a night, posting a game-high 12 rebounds.
Despite being outshot from the floor and the foul line, the Sabres were able to limit their mistakes and take better advantage of Dominican's. The Sabres turned the ball over 14 times compared to 24 times by the Stars and scored nine more points off the turnovers to help secure the win.
After a two-day rest, the Sabres will look for their third win in a row when they travel to Milwaukee to take on the MSOE Raiders at 7 p.m.
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