Vikings topple Wisconsin Lutheran in season opener

Quinn Fisher scored 19 points in Lawrence's 82-76 victory over Wisconsin Lutheran.
Quinn Fisher scored 19 points in Lawrence's 82-76 victory over Wisconsin Lutheran.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Quinn Fisher led five Lawrence University men's basketball players in double figures Wednesday as the Vikings beat Wisconsin Lutheran College 82-76 in a nonconference game at Alexander Gymnasium.

Fisher scored a career-high 19 points and also picked up three assists as the Vikings (1-0) rallied from a double-digit deficit in the first half. Ben Peterson picked up a double-double for Lawrence with 10 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out.

Lawrence's Jeremy Stephani added 14 points and six rebounds, and rookie Bryce Denham was impressive in his debut as he scored 14 points, grabbed five rebounds and picked up a pair of blocks. Lawrence's Evan McLaughlin chipped in with 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Chase Nowak led Wisconsin Lutheran (0-1) with 21 points and eight rebounds, and Collin Kennedy added 17 points and five rebounds. Nowak and Kennedy combined to shoot just 15-of-41 from the floor, and Lawrence limited the Warriors to 40.3 percent shooting.

After trailing by 12 midway through the first half, Lawrence went on an 11-2 run to cut the lead to 32-29. Wisconsin Lutheran pushed the lead to 47-41 at the break.

Lawrence started the second half on an 8-2 outburst, capped by Fisher's jumper, to take a 50-49 lead. Lawrence then put together a decisive run midway through the half as the Vikings scored 10 consecutive points, including six by Abhishek Venkatesh, to take a 67-57 lead with 8:12 left.

The Warriors battled back to trim the lead to 69-65, but Lawrence answered with a run of its own. Stephani hit a 3-pointer and McLaughlin and Denham converted four consecutive free throws to grab a 76-66 lead with 2:29 left.

Wisconsin Lutheran managed to cut the lead all the way to 80-76 with 20 seconds left, but Fisher hit two free throws and stole the ball from Mack Knueppel in the final 17 seconds to seal the victory.