WATERTOWN, Wis. – After a 27-27 tie game at the half, the Marian Sabres pulled away in the second half to win 70-55 on Thursday night at the Maranatha gymnasium.
The Crusaders held a lead of four in the first half and shot 38.5% from three-point range before Marian tied it up.
A layup by freshman center Brett Cashner (Urbana, Ill.) gave the Crusaders their largest lead of the game, at 38-33.
But the Sabres shot 69.6% from field goal range in the second half and received strong shooting performances from Cody Veleke (Oakfield, Wis.), and Sam Koslowski (Neenah, Wis.), who had 19 and 13 points respectively.
Coach Ring stated,
“We played so well in the first half and shot 38% from three-point range, but in the end we couldn’t stop them. We had struggles getting the ball to the basket and they shot lights out in the second half. They are a young upcoming team in the NAC and I thought we did a good job of limiting Jeff Harris with our defense.”
Junior forward Joel Borchardt (Watertown, Wis.) finished with nine points and 11 rebounds.
The Crusaders move on to face Benedictine at 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, January 19.