Marian University men’s basketball (2-7, 1-7 NACC) fell in overtime to MSOE by a 72-67 final to close out the season series.
The first half was a defensive battle between the two squads similarly to the opener of the series. The Sabres were able to take an 18-11 lead with 7:15 on the clock before MSOE went on an 11-4 run to take a 22-21 lead. The Sabres closed out the final minutes of the half strong, however, and took a 26-23 advantage into the break.
The Sabres held onto their three-point lead to open the second half before going on a 12-5 spurt to go ahead double-digits at 44-34 with 12:17 left in the game. Marian led by as much as 12 at 48-36 with 9:20 left to play before a Raider timeout shifted the momentum. Following the timeout, MSOE went on a 10-3 run to cut their deficit down to five with 6:32 on the clock. Shortly after, the Raiders were able to score nine unanswered to take their first lead of the second half at 55-54 with 2:52 to play. Each team would have a chance to break the tie in the final minute but neither team could find the bottom of the net resulting in overtime at 58-58.
The Sabes opened overtime with a 62-60 advantage but the Raiders went on an 8-2 spurt to take a 68-64 lead with just 47 ticks left. The Sabres would cut their deficit down to two late, but the Raiders would finish off the come back at the free throw line.
Marian finished with a 41.5-percent shooting percentage from the field and went 15-20 (.750) from the charity stripe. Sophomore Tyler Gouin had a strong performance for the Sabres recording 28 points with nine rebounds, while junior David Britton scored 10 points with eight rebounds.
Marian opens the final series of the season hosting Lakeland Friday, Feb. 26 for a 5 p.m. tip.