MEQUON, Wis. – Marian University men’s basketball (2-4, 1-4 NACC) earned their first conference victory of the season defeating Concordia Wisconsin 85-84 in overtime.
The Sabres had a slow start as the Falcons opened with a 10-2 run forcing a Sabre timeout with 16:44 left to go in the first half. CUW was able to build out their lead to 19-11 before Marian used a 12-4 run to tie the game at 23-23. Then trailing 30-28, Marian would score nine unanswered points to go up 37-30 with 1:43 left in the half, their largest lead of the game. The Falcons were able to cut into their deficit, but the Sabres were able to still hold a 39-34 edge heading into the break.
Marian was able to shoot 50-percent from the field going 17-34 and only made three three-pointers. The Sabre defense was also able to force eight turnovers in the half.
The two squads went back-and-forth for most of the second half with Concordia Wisconsin eventually leading 68-62 with 4:33 left in regulation, tied for the largest lead for either team the remainder of the game. The Sabres made quick work of this six-point deficit scoring eight of the next 10 points to tie the game at 70-70.
A three-pointer from junior Dylan Gmeiner gave the Sabres a three-point lead with just 51 seconds remaining but three Falcon free throws with just 10 ticks left was enough to send the game to overtime.
The extra period saw Marian score the first four points, but the Falcons responded with six unanswered points to take an 82-80 lead. The Falcons held on to this two-point edge at 84-82 when Gmeiner was fouled beyond the arc with just 0.3 seconds left. Gmeiner would knock down all three of his attempts and the Sabres would hold off a last-second heave to earn the 85-84 win.
Junior David Britton paced all scorers with a game-high 25 points, while Gmeiner added 19 points off 6-7 (.857) shooting. Sophomore Tyler Gouin and senior DeAndre Ross also finished with double-digit points, while junior Scott Paulus had a game-high nine rebounds.
Marian travels to CUW to close out the series tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 13, for a 5 p.m. tip.