Grace stumbles against No. 11 Knights

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Grace stumbles against No. 11 Knights

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s men’s basketball team could not keep up with the firepower of No. 11 Marian, losing 83-74 on Saturday.

The Knights (22-6, 11-5 CL) shot 49 percent for the game and 45 percent from beyond the arc, and Marian was even better in the first half.

Logan Godfrey posted an impressive 20-point, 10-rebound double-double on Senior Night, and Charlie Warner was Grace’s leading scorer with 24 points. Warner did not miss a 3-point shot on the night, going 6-of-6 from deep.

The Lancers (13-15, 3-13 CL) never led on Saturday. Marian quickly jumped out to a 16-6 lead after just six minutes of action.

Grace struggled to cut into Marian’s cushion and trailed by double figures for most of the half.

Warner did his best to keep pace with the Knights; he hit consecutive 3-pointers to bring Grace to within 37-30.

But Marian still led 44-36 at halftime despite a last-second putback basket by Godfrey. The Knights made 17-of-29 from the floor (59 percent), and Marian drilled 8-of-12 (67 percent) from the 3-point line.

Godfrey, Warner and Haden Deaton combined to score 34 of Grace’s 36 points in the first half.

Marian was consistent to maintain its lead throughout the second half and eventually built the cushion up to 16 with 12 minutes remaining.

The Lancers made a push at that juncture, however, with a 9-0 run. Warner buried a 3-pointer, Deaton scored in the paint, and Godfrey made back-to-back shots. After Godfrey’s last basket, the Lancers trailed 70-63 with 8:25 to go.

Grace was unable to bridge any further, though, and fell by nine.

The Lancers shot 41 percent compared to Marian’s 49 percent. Grace did grab 15 offensive rebounds and had 17 assists to just 10 turnovers.

Deaton scored 19 points with seven boards after making 8 of 15, and Jaret Sons had 7 points, 3 boards and 2 assists.

Eddie Gill IV added 2 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists, and Tyce Frank handed out six assists with two steals.

Saturday was also Senior Day to honor the graduating class of Godfrey and Tim Swanson.

The loss officially ends Grace’s chances to get into the Crossroads League Tournament. The Lancers will have a shot to qualify for NCCAA Nationals with one week remaining in the regular season. Grace’s final home game of the regular season is on Tuesday, hosting Huntington at 7 p.m.

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