FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Marian opened up a 47-40 halftime lead, but Concordia-Chicago stifled the Sabres' offense in the second half and raced to a 88-74 win Saturday afternoon in Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference action played at Sadoff Gymnasium.
In the opening half MU was proficient on offense and at 10:26, Josh Creed nailed a 3-pointer to extend the Sabres advantage to 32-19, the Blue and White's largest lead of the game.
However, the Cougars turned the page in the second half.
CUC (4-7, 4-4 NACC) opened the second stanza with an 11-4 run and the game was knotted at 51-51 with 14:38 remaining.
From there the Cougars went on a 20-12 run and led 71-63 at the 5:36 mark.
Creed converted a pair of free throws with 2:18 remaining to bring the Sabres to within 76-67. However, the Cougars defense held true in the waning moments to close out the contest.
Mike Walmer scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Cougars.
MU (5-8, 2-6 NACC) hosts MSOE Tuesday, Jan. 12. Tip is set for 7 p.m.