Marian University men’s basketball (0-4, 0-0 NACC) trailed by as much as 13 but forced overtime against UW-La Crosse ultimately falling 77-68.
The first half was tight for most of the 20 minutes with the Sabres trailing 21-18 with 6:22 left. The Eagles then closed out the half strong, however, scoring the next 10 points to take a 13 point advantage. Marian was able to battle back in the final minutes to cut their deficit down to 34-24 at the break.
The Eagles opened the second half leading 38-28 with 16:33 left to play before the Sabres went on a 12-2 run to knot the game at 40 apiece. UW-La Crosse would use a quick 7-2 run to regain the lead but the Sabres were able to remain in striking distance. The Sabres eventually managed to take their first lead of the half following a jumper from junior Logan Hamilton at 59-57 with 3:26 left to play. UW-La Crosse didn’t hold the lead for the remainder of regulation but an Eagle layup with 46 ticks left proved enough to force overtime at 63-63.
The extra stanza saw UWL jump out with a 9-2 run, which the Sabres were unable to bounce back from.
The Sabres shot 28-57 (.491) from the field and went 10-22 (.455) from beyond the arc for the game. The second half saw Marian go 16-25 (.640) converting on five of eight three-point attempts for a .625 field-goal percentage from beyond the arc.
Hamilton paced the Sabre offense with a team-high 19 points. Junior DeAndre Ross filled up the stat sheet finishing with 12 points, five rebounds, all defensive, and eight assists, while sophomore Scott Paulus chipped in 10 points.
Marian remains at home to take on Concordia Chicago Saturday, Nov. 23 for a 2 p.m. tip in NACC action.