FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Alex Stecker scored a team-high 20 points and handed out five assists as the Marian men's basketball team dropped an 80-70 decision versus Rockford in Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference action played Saturday afternoon at Sadoff Gymnasium.
The Sabres dominated the first half and went into the break with a 37-31 lead. The Blue and White used a tenacious defense to keep the Regents at bay. MU forced 12 turnovers and held RU to 31 percent (10-of-32) from the field.
RU opened the second stanza with an 18-6 run that lasted over five minutes. MU gradually clawed their way back and a Ryan Biffert bucket with 3:44 remaining brought the Sabres to within one at 66-65.
RU (6-3, 3-2 NACC) won the game at the charity stripe and connected on 20-of-25 free throws. Meanwhile, the Sabres struggled and converted on 10-of-22 trips to the line.
Despite the setback, the Sabres only turned the ball over six times. As a team MU shot 40 percent (28-of-69) from the floor.
Biffert came off the bench to score nine points.
Michael Murray scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Regents.
MU (4-5, 1-4 NACC) returns to the court next Saturday and plays host to Benedictine.