Hot-shooting Vikings roll past Knox

Lawrence point guard Quinn Fisher scored seven points and handed out seven assists in the Vikings' 86-60 win over Knox.
Lawrence point guard Quinn Fisher scored seven points and handed out seven assists in the Vikings' 86-60 win over Knox.

APPLETON, Wis. -- A hot-shooting Lawrence University men's basketball team rolled to an 86-60 Midwest Conference victory over Knox College on Saturday at Alexander Gymnasium.

Lawrence shot 54.1 percent from the floor and drained 11 three-pointers as the Vikings built a 36-point lead less than three minutes into the second half.

Ben Peterson led Lawrence (5-0, 2-0 MWC) with a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Jeremy Stephani matched that with 14 points, all in the first half. Bryce Denham added 12 points for the Vikings, who had 13 players break into the scoring column.

Jonathan Damota paced Knox (0-5, 0-2) and all scorers with 21 points, and Bryce Wilkinson added 13 points off the bench.

Lawrence jumped on the Prairie Fire from the opening minutes and led by double digits at 15-5 just 5:08 into the game on Quinn Fisher's layup. Fisher, Lawrence's point guard, finished with seven points, seven assists, four rebounds and zero turnovers.

The Vikings then put on a burst over the final 6:57 of the first half. Lawrence led 30-19 and finished the opening half on a 17-2 run to grab a 47-21 lead at the break. Lawrence shot 60 percent from the floor (18-30) in the opening half and went 5-for-8 from beyond the arc.

Lawrence then started the second half on a 12-2 run, which was capped by back-to-back three-pointers by Fisher and and rookie Mason Materna, to lead 59-23 with 17:40 left. The Vikings led by as many as 39 and played nearly everyone on the bench as 21 players saw action.