RIPON, Wis. - The Ripon men's basketball team set the tone early in Wednesday's 82-65 home opening victory over Marian University, shooting 71 percent (17-24) from the field in the first half and 60 percent (28-47) in the game. The Red Hawks also converted 50 percent (5-10) from 3-point range and 88 percent (21-24) from the free throw line, while Ripon's five starters combined to shoot 62 percent (23-37) in the game.
Ripon (2-1) had the hot hand from the outset, making three of their first five shots to take an early 6-0 lead. The Red Hawks would hold that lead until just over eight minutes left in the first half when Sam Koslowski gave Marian their first lead of the game. Marian's lead didn't last nearly as long, as a Kyle Loughrin layup gave Ripon the lead again with just under six minutes left in the period, which would be a lead that they wouldn't relinquish. The Red Hawks ended the half, much like they started it, making their final three shots to take an eight point lead into halftime.
Marian (1-1) cut the lead to four early in the second half, but that's as close as the score would get, as they used a 10-2 run to take a double digit advantage. From there, the Red Hawks were able to hold the Sabres at arms length, making 10 of their 12 free throws in the final three and a half minutes.
Ty Sabin led the Red Hawks in scoring for the second consecutive game with 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting, to go along with four rebounds and team-highs of five assists and two steals. Loughrin added 20 points, making all seven of his field goals and all five of his free throws. David Klink chipped in with 10 points, while Brad Brooksscored seven on 3-of-3 shooting, while posting seven rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and one steal.
Marian was led by Cody Veleke's 19 points and six rebounds, while Koslowski added 16 and Jeff Harris scored 11 off the bench. The Sabres shot 40 percent (25-62) from the field, while making just 45 percent (9-20) of thier free throws.