Defense Powers Benedictine Men

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LISLE, IL - A solid defensive showing enabled the Benedictine University men's basketball team to reverse a loss from early in the year and claim their 10th victory of the season, holding down visiting Marian at home.

Benedictine 60, Marian 50

Benedictine did not trail in the contest
The defense held Marian without a point for over six minutes to start the game but could only build a 9-0 lead on a basket from Kyle Graebner
Marian whittled the deficit down to three points in the low scoring opening 20 minutes at 11-8 with 8:23 to play and pulled within one twice
Bryan Jakobsze knocked down a three-pointer just before halftime as Benedictine closed the half with a 5-0 run to lead 21-15 at halftime
Baskets from Eric Grygo and Michael Johnson to open the second half enabled Benedictine to lead by double figures at 25-15
Grygo made it an 11-point edge at 30-19 with 15:47 to play
Back-to-back three-pointers as part of an 8-0 run enabled Marian to tie the game at 34-34 halfway through the period
Benedictine countered with eight straight to lead 42-34 on a jumper from Kenny Bogus
The visitors twice pulled within three points but Benedictine made four free throws in the final minute to grab the win

Benedictine held Marian to just 20 percent shooting in the first half and 35.7 percent for the game
Benedictine shot 42 percent for the contest and held a 39-33 edge on the glass
Jakobsze finished with a career high 19 points
Johnson and Bogus both notched 11 with Grygo pulling down 14 rebounds

Benedictine (10-7, 7-5 NACC) travels to Illinois Tech on Wednesday night