LISLE, Ill. - Marian University men's basketball (4-13, 2-10 NACC) had a tough offensive night falling to Benedictine 60-50.
Marian was held to only 15 points in the opening half after shooting just 20-percent from the field. Benedictine had similar offensive struggles as the Sabres held the Eagles to only eight made field goals to keep the deficit at 21-15.
The second half saw the Sabres find their offensive groove shooting 14-26 (.538) including 5-10 (.500) from beyond the arc. The Eagles would take a 33-23 lead after a made three-pointer with 14:19 left to play before the Sabres used an 11-1 run capped by a three-pointer from sophomore Matt Shaw to tie the game at 34-34 and 10:01 left on the clock.
The Eagles responded, however, scoring the next eight points of the game to take the lead for good and hold off the Marian rally.
Senior Kelvin Jones came off the bench to lead the Sabres with a team-high 13 points. Senior Tyrese Pinson filled up the stat sheet grabbing a team-high six rebounds to go with five assists and a steal.
As a team, the Sabres finished 7-20 (.350) from beyond the arc.
Marian plays three of their next four games at home opening with Aurora Wednesday, January 23 at 7 p.m. from Sadoff Gym.