Marian University men’s basketball (7-17, 5-14 NACC) fell to Aurora in their final home game of the season by an 83-77 final.
The Marian offense continued to shoot well to open the game going 15-29 (.517) from the field with five three-pointers in the first half. The first half was back-and-forth with the largest lead being a meager five points. The Sabres were able to score six unanswered points in the final 2:44 of the half to take a 37-35 lead into the break.
The Spartans came out firing in the second half using a 12-2 run to take a 47-37 advantage with 15:54 left to play. Marian was able to keep Aurora from running away from the game but the Spartans were able to hold a double-digit lead for most of the half. A three-pointer from junior Trentin Fouse at the 3:00 mark proved to be a momentum shifter as the Sabres went on an 8-2 run with a perfect field goal percentage to cut the deficit down to just 80-77 with 41 ticks left.
The magic would end there for the Sabres, however, as Marian missed three three-pointers in the final 14 seconds to fall 83-77.
Marian finished the game going 29-54 (.537) from the field and went 14-28 (.500) from beyond the arc. The Spartans finished with a 21-4 advantage in points off turnovers and a 42-20 edge for points in the paint.
Senior Tyrese Pinson once again filled up the stat sheet with a team-high 21 rebounds to go with eight rebounds, all defensive, six assists, and three steals. Junior Will Polczynski finished with 14 points off the bench, while senior Marcus Kadinger and sophomore Tristan Van Ess also finished in double-figures for scoring.
Marian concludes the season traveling to MSOE for a 4:15 p.m. tip Saturday, February 16.