AURORA, Ill. - Marian University men's basketball (4-12, 2-9 NACC) outscored Aurora in the second half but a slow start was costly for the Sabres in a 92-73 defeat.
The Sabre defense had a tough time slowing down the Spartan offense in the opening half as Aurora was able to shoot 16-31 (.516) from the field. Aurora was also able to force 11 Sabre turnovers to build a 20-point lead going into halftime.
Marian was able to outscore the Spartans 46-45 in the second half including an 11-4 run in the middle of the half that cut the deficit down to 15. Marian was also able to close out the final 1:39 with a 9-3 spurt but couldn't overcome the slow first half.
The Sabres went on to shoot 14-32 (.438) in the second half including 8-2- (.400) from beyond the arc.
Freshman Hunter Schultz came off the bench to pace the offense with a career-high 14 points. Junior Julian Lynch also came off the bench to score 12 points after going 4-4 from beyond the arc, while sophomore Tristan Van Ess chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds. Senior Tyrese Pinson recorded seven assists in the defeat to go with two steals.
Marian closes out the season series with Benedictine on the road Saturday, January 19 at 4 p.m. in NACC action.