MILWAUKEE – Marian University men’s basketball (7-4, 3-3 NACC) won their fourth straight game defeating MSOE 78-53 on the road in NACC action.
The Raiders scored the first point of the game and the Sabres led for the remainder of the game. After holding a slim 12-8 lead, Marian went on a 15-2 run to take a 27-10 advantage with 6:47 to play in the first half. MSOE would cut their deficit down to as little as 12 but the Sabres took a 38-24 lead into half.
MSOE was able to come out quick in the second half using a 10-4 spurt to trail by just eight points. Marian bounced back just as quickly scoring 10 unanswered points to jump back ahead 52-34 with 13:01 to play. Another 10-2 Marian run late in the game helped put the game away as Marian led by as much as 27 eventually leading to a 78-53 final.
The 53 points allowed is the first time this season the Sabre defense has allowed fewer than 60 points. Marian was also able to outrebound the Raiders 40-29 and tied a season-high with 15 offensive boards. The offense of the Sabres was aided by 11 three-pointers marking the fifth straight game Marian has made double-digit three-pointers.
Senior David Britton hit four three-pointers and finished with a game-high 24 points. Sophomore Delvin Barnstable chipped in 16 points with seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Senior Kivontay Shaw also had another strong performance scoring 13 points.
Marian returns home to close out the season series with Rockford Wednesday, January 12 for a 7 p.m. tip from Sadoff Gym.