Marian University men’s basketball (4-7, 3-7 NACC) erased a 10-point deficit at halftime to defeat Lakeland 71-65.
The Muskies started the game with a strong start jumping out to an early 13-4 lead before Marian used a 12-3 run to tie the game at 16-16 with 9:05 left until halftime. A 12-3 run from the Muskies followed and allowed Lakeland to take a 32-22 advantage heading into the half.
Marian came out strong to open the second half scoring 10 of the first 12 points to cut their deficit down to two and the game was back-and-forth from there. The Sabres would trim the Lakeland lead down to only one on three occasions, but the Muskies were able to continue to hold a lead. Lakeland eventually held a 60-54 advantage with 4:13 to play before Marian put together a spurt that gave them the lead for the rest of the game.
The Sabres were able to go on a 9-2 run giving them a 63-62 edge capped by a layup from sophomore Tyler Gouin with 2:01 on the clock. Marian started the run by scoring seven unanswered points. The Sabre lead would be built out to as large as five with junior David Britton hitting four free throws in the final minute to cap the rally and give Marian a 71-65 win.
Marian went 15-24 (.625) from the field in the second half and took advantage of their free throws going 14-15 (.933) from the charity stripe in the final 20 minutes. Britton finished with a game-high 25 points and three assists, while Gouin chipped in 18 points with seven rebounds and a steal. Junior Dylan Gmeiner had a strong performance off the bench chipping in 18 points with six rebounds.