ROCKFORD, Ill. – Marian University men’s basketball (3-2, 0-1 NACC) fell in their first game of NACC play 90-79 at Rockford.
Marian led for most of the first half and held a lead as large as six points at 19-13 with 13:13 left in the half. The Sabres were unable to pull away in what was a back-and-forth style of play. Rockford would take their first lead of the game with 4:17 left in the first half but the Sabres quickly bounced back to go up 41-37 with 2:48 remaining. The Regents were then able to close out the half with six unanswered points to go into the break with a 43-41 advantage.
Rockford was able to ride the momentum from the end of the first half opening the second stanza with a 9-3 run to go ahead 52-44 and force a Marian timeout. The seesaw battle continued with Marian chipping away at the Regents and eventually retaking the lead at 70-68 with 7:20 left to play.
This lead change wouldn’t last long, however, as the Regents immediately went on an 11-2 run to go ahead 79-70 with 4:16 in the game. This run also caused a Sabre timeout, but Marian would only manage to draw even with Rockford for the remainder of the game.
The Regents were able to do most of their damage in the paint where they outscored the Sabres 54-34. Sophomore Delvin Barnstable put up 18 of his game-high 27 points in the first half, while junior Tyler Gouin chipped in 23 points. Fellow junior Dylan Gmeiner posted a double-double off the bench scoring 13 points with 10 boards.
Marian remains on the road traveling to Benedictine for a 4:15 p.m. tip Saturday, December 4.