Marian University men’s basketball (11-12, 10-8 NACC) couldn’t overcome an 11-point deficit at halftime falling to Edgewood by a 76-67 final.
The pair of teams opened the game at a 7-7 draw before Edgewood went on an 18-0 run to take a commanding 25-7 advantage with 5:51 left in the first half. The Sabres managed to cut into the deficit using a 9-2 run to close out the half and put the Sabres behind 35-24 at the break.
Edgewood managed to shoot the lights out in the opening half going 13-24 (.542) from the field including 4-5 (.800) shooting from beyond the arc.
The Sabres rallied right out of the gates to open the second half scoring the first eight points to cut the lead down to 35-32 and 17:38 left to play. Marian cut the lead down to three on several occasions before a three-pointer from Logan Hamilton with 11:07 left to play tied the game at 47-47. Edgewood then scored the next seven points as they quickly retook the lead for good. The Eagles managed to build their lead to as large as 12 as they cruised to the win in the final minutes.
Marian outrebounded the Eagles 37-31 but Edgewood was able to outscore the Sabres 22-11 in the points off turnovers category.
Senior Alex Manhardt had his 11th double-double of the season scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 boards to go with three blocks. The Sabres also had some strong performances from a pair of freshmen with Tristan Van Ess scoring a team-high 17 points and Logan Hamilton coming off the bench with 13 points.
Marian hits the road playing at Lakeland Wednesday, Feb. 14 with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.