FOND DU LAC, Wisconsin – The MSOE men's basketball team overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half to force overtime, but came up short in the extra period in a 91-89 loss to Marian Tuesday evening at Sadoff Gymnasium.
The Raiders (11-12, 10-9 NACC) shot better than 50 percent for the fourth time in the last five games, but it was not enough against the Sabres (8-17, 7-13 NACC).
Four different players scored in double-figures in another balanced effort for MSOE. Senior Dylan Sommerfeld and freshman Matthew Kirmse each scored a career-high 20 points. Sommerfeld shot 9-for-12 and Kirmse was 7-for-8 with six 3-pointers in the game.
Marian had three players score better than 20 points, led by Alex Manhardt's double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds. Ryan Biffert scored 22 points and Reggie Roemer tallied 21 points and seven assists.
The Raiders trailed 75-65 with 6:45 remaining in regulation before rattling off a 14-3 run to take a 79-78 lead on a Seubert three-pointer with 1:19 to play. MU tied the game with a free throw and Seubert made it 81-79 with a pair of charity tosses at the 42-second mark.
The Sabres tied the game with two more free throws at 0:37 and both teams came up empty on possessions in the closing seconds to bring on overtime.
In overtime, the teams were tied at 85-85 with just under three minutes to go. The home team then hit four-straight free throws and one key bucket in the last 30 seconds to pull away. Meanwhile, the Raiders missed three of their last four free throws and did not score again until a Seubert three-pointer with just one second remaining.
One game after shooting 66 percent, MSOE shot 55 percent and hit on 11-of-21 (.524) from three-point range. The Red & White saw a deficit in free throw shooting, which could have been the difference. The team went 12-for-19 at the free throw line, while Marian finished 20-for-23, including 6-for-6 in overtime. That shooting helped the home team overcome typically strong percentages of 44.8 percent shooting and 47.8 percent (11-for-23) from three-point range.
With the loss, the Raiders are now fifth in the NACC standings, one game back of Wisconsin Lutheran with one game remaining. MSOE closes out the season at Rockford Saturday and is playing for the No. 4 seed in the NACC Tournament and a home game in the tournament first round. If the Red & White can tie WLC, it will take the fourth seed by virtue of a tie-breaker.