FOND DU LAC, Wis. - Marian University men's basketball (8-17, 7-13 NACC) closed out the 2016-17 season with an overtime win over MSOE 91-89.
In a game that was close throughout with MSOE leading for most of the first half. However, a 6-0 run by the Sabres around the 11-minute mark cut the Raider lead to two at 18-16. The Raiders would respond and expand their lead to seven at 33-26 with under five minutes to play. A Marian jumper to beat the buzzer saw the Sabres cut the Raider lead to two heading into halftime at 38-36.
Marian and MSOE started the second half of play trading basket for basket. Marian would find their stride from the offensive side of the ball as they connected on five of their six offensive possessions of the half claiming the lead at 52-46.
Out of an MSOE timeout, the Raiders would rally back to cut the Sabre lead to six with under 13 minutes to play. Three three-pointers by sophomore Ryan Biffert then extended the Sabre lead to 65-55. MSOE would crawl their way back into the game cutting the Sabre lead to two off back-to-back layups at 78-76. The Raiders regained the lead in the closing seconds of regulation at 81-79 however, Marian would answer back to knot the game at 81. A Sabre desperation shot went wide forcing overtime.
Both the Sabres and Raiders picked up where they left off from regulation with Marian holding a slim two-point lead with under three minutes to play. A Sabre jump shot and two clutch Marian free throws would seal the victory for MU.
Three of the five starters for the Sabres finished with double-digit points on the day with junior Alex Manhardt collecting his sixth double-double on the season finishing with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Ryan Biffert had a career night scoring 22 points going 6-8 from beyond the arc, while junior Reggie Roemer chipped in 21 points.