Marian University men’s basketball (3-11, 2-7 NACC) trailed by as much as 11 but rallied for a 70-64 win over IIT in NACC action.
After a slow start that saw IIT take a 14-3 lead with 13:00 left in the first half, Marian used a 13-2 run to tie the game at 16-16. The game would find itself tied at 22-22 with 3:56 left in the half before the Scarlet Hawks scored eight unanswered to go ahead 30-22. A three-pointer from Justin Wilson helped Marian cut into the deficit and put the halftime tally at 30-25.
The Sabres shot the lights out to open the second half converting on seven of their first eight field goals, four of which were beyond the arc. This 20-7 run gave Marian a 45-37 advantage with 12:31 left to play. Marian was able to build their lead to as large as 11 on a couple of occasions with the latest coming at 60-49 with 3:20 left in the game.
Illinois Tech was able to cut the Sabre lead down to as little as five but Marian was able to hold on for the 70-64 victory.
Marian finished 21-43 (.488) from the field with a season-high 52.4-percent field goal percentage from the arc after going 11-21. The Sabres were also able to convert their opportunities from the charity stripe going 17-20 (.850) from the free-throw line.
The second half was especially strong with Marian going 12-21 (.571) from the field with 8-12 (.667) coming from beyond the arc to go with 13-14 (.929) shooting from the charity stripe.
Marian travels to Wisconsin Lutheran for a 2 p.m. tip Saturday, Jan. 18.