RIVER FOREST, Ill. (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University men's basketball team snapped back to their winning ways in a road match-up against Concordia Chicago. The Sabres gained a lead halfway through the first period and never let go as they came away with a convincing 73-67 win over the Cougars.
Four starters scored double-digits for the Sabres (11-13, 10-9 NACC) as they shot 50 percent as a team on the day. Alex Stecker went 5-of-9 from the floor, including 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc to earn a game-high 19 points in 30 minutes of action.
The Sabres came out strong out of the gate to grab an early 10-6 lead. The Cougars (6-18, 4-15 NACC) were able to go on a 6-point run to gain their first lead of the game, but a layup by Brandon McCullum in the eighth minute regained a lead for the Sabres that they never let go of.
A first-half performance of 56 percent shooting for the Sabres gave them a 37-27 lead going into half time. Josh Creed led the Sabres with 11 points in the half on 3-of-4 shooting including four free throws made.
The Sabres' lead grew as high as 18 points in the second half, capped off by three free throws made by Alex Stecker just over five minutes into the second half.
The Cougars were able to cut the Sabres lead to two points on a made layup by, senior, Kylan Anderson, with just over three minutes remaining.
Stecker answered the Cougars with a three-point bucket to regain control for the Sabres. They outscored the Cougars 13-to-9 in the final three minutes to seal the six-point win.
Montrell Hobbs brought down a game-high 10 rebounds for the Sabres, while finishing with 12 points. Josh Creed showed his defensive skills on the night as he had a game-high five steals, while also finishing with 15 points.
The Sabres currently have the seventh seed in the NACC Tournament, but have a chance to jump past MSOE to the sixth seed with a win in their final regular season match-up at Concordia Wisconsin on, Wednesday, Feb. 18. Tipoff is set for 7 pm.
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