MILWAUKEE (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University men's basketball team picked up a key Northern Athletics Conference divisional win over host Milwaukee School of Engineering, 55-51, this evening, Dec. 5, at the Kern Center.
Draining timely free throws at the end of the game sealed a victory for the Sabres in an evenly-matched contest. Drew Binversie scored four of the last six points for the Sabres, including four free throws in the last two minutes of the game. Binversie finished with a team-high 12 points on the evening.
Marian improved to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the NAC with the win, while MSOE drops to 4-3 (2-1 NAC) with the loss.
Ball security and defense was the name of the game in tonight's match-up as Marian turned the ball over a mere seven times to the Raiders' 12. In the end, it was the team that shot from the charity line best that won the game. Marian went 13-of-18 from the line shooting 72 percent in the second half. The Sabres played disciplined defense as the Raiders went to the line only eight times, shooting 62 percent.
The Sabres and Raiders exchanged baskets throughout most of the first half while the largest lead over one another was a mere three points. Mike Keller put the Sabres up by three with a layup in the last minute of the half, giving Marian a 25-22 advantage at halftime.
Marian reached their largest lead of the contest of eight points, coming out of the second half with three consecutive layups in their first three possessions. Halfway through the second half, the Raiders would cut the lead to two after an Austin Stueck layup. In the last seven minutes of the game, there would be four ties until the final minute of play. Two fouls and a turnover committed by the Raiders paved the path for the Sabre victory.
Cody Veleke led all scores with 14 points, while Keller chipped in with 11.
Marian rests now until this Saturday, Dec. 8, when it takes on conference rival, Lakeland College. The game will follow at the conclusion of the women's 2 p.m. start.