MENOMONIE, Wis. - Marian University men's basketball (0-2, 0-0 NACC) outscored UW-Superior 33-25 in the second half but fell to the Yellow Jackets by a 65-57 final.
After trailing 59-44 with 6:42 in regulation, Marian would go on an 11-1 run to put the Sabres behind 60-55 with only 1:06 left to play. The Sabres would force three turnovers towards the end of the run, while also holding UW-Superior 0-4 shooting from the field. The Yellow Jackets managed to hold off the strong MU push at the charity stripe to ice the game.
The Sabres also put together a good run to open the half after finding themselves down 48-27 with 16:38 left in regulation. The Sabres would use a 9-1 run to cut the deficit down to a manageable 49-38 score in a span of about six-minutes.
A strong shooting performance in the first half from UW-Superior saw the Yellow Jackets go 16-29 (.552) from the field and build a 40-24 halftime lead.
For the game, Marian did a good job of creating opportunities and taking advantage of those chances forcing 13 UW-Superior turnovers, which turned into 17 points. The Sabres also had a strong game down low with 13 second chance points along with outscoring UWS 38-20 in the paint.
Senior Alex Manhardt had a strong start to his season with a team-high 19 points, 13 rebounds, seven offensive, and two blocks.
Marian next hosts UW-Eau Claire in their home opener Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. from Sadoff Gym.