Marian University men’s basketball (6-4, 2-3 NACC) defeated Dominican 101-78 marking the first time in program history the Sabres have scored triple-digits in regulation multiple times in a season.
The opening game went back-and-forth as both offenses found a groove early. Dominican would hold a 19-16 lead before 15 unanswered points from the Sabres gave Marian a 31-19 edge midway through the half. The Stars were able to cut their deficit down to as little as five before a 10-2 run from Marian opened a 44-31 lead. The Sabres were able to ride out the rest of the half and take a 51-36 advantage into the break.
Dominican made the first baskets of the second half to put the Marian lead at 11 but the Stars wouldn’t come any closer. Marian would lead by as much as 27 midway through the second half en route to a 101-78 victory.
The Sabres showed physicality outscoring Dominican 46-24 in the paint and scoring 27 points off of 19 turnovers. Marian finished shooting 41-of-66 (.621), a season-high for field goal percentage, with 17 made three-pointers and a 54.8-percentage from beyond the arc.
Four Sabres finished with double-digit points led by sophomore Delvin Barnstable who scored 24 points to go with eight boards, four assists, and four steals. Senior David Britton was also able to chip in 20 points with four assists.
Marian hits the road for MSOE Monday, Jan. 10 for a 7 p.m. NACC game.