WATERTOWN, Wis. — Three-pointers, and a fast-paced offense defined the first half, while fouls slowed down the game in the second, as Marian pulled out an 83-77 win on free-throws on Thursday evening.
Maranatha shot 67% from three-point range, led by senior guard Matt Hunter (Pontiac, Ill.) who was 4-4 from beyond the arc.
After going 0-4 from three-point range to start the game, Maranatha flipped the switch, going on an 8-8 tear from three-point range to own a 43-41 halftime lead.
Foul trouble plagued Maranatha in the opening minutes of the second period, as the team was called for five in the first three minutes.
Despite a break in the game-flow, Maranatha carried a 51-50 lead at 15:31. The Sabres responded with a 9-0 run, including a layup and two three’s for a 59-51 lead, forcing a Maranatha timeout.
The break was just enough to put Maranatha to within two on a layup underneath and a free-throw by senior forward Joel Borchardt (Watertown, Wis.) to cut the lead back to 59-57.
Down 63-57, sophomore center Brett Cashner (Urbana, Ill.) hit a big three for a 63-60 deficit, but Maranatha drew no closer, as the team was forced to foul in the closing minutes before relinquishing the game.
Cashner finished the evening with 21 points, on 8-12 shooting from the field while Hunter went a perfect 6-6 from the field for 16 points.
Borchardt had a double-double, with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Maranatha hosts Moody Bible on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in Watertown for Parent’s Day.