Stephani's record-setting performance leads Lawrence over Oglethorpe

Lawrence's Jeremy Stephani hit a school-record 10 three-pointers on his way to 30 points in a win over Oglethorpe.
Lawrence's Jeremy Stephani hit a school-record 10 three-pointers on his way to 30 points in a win over Oglethorpe.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Lawrence University men's basketball standout Jeremy Stephani put on a record-setting performance Wednesday as the Vikings beat Oglethorpe University 79-60 in a nonconference game at the Daytona Beach Shootout.

Stephani hit a school-record 10 three-pointers on way to a career-high 30 points. Stephani went 10-for-14 from beyond the arc and broke the record of nine three-pointers set by Tyler Mazur at Carroll University on Dec. 4, 2012. 

It wasn't just Stephani who was hot from beyond the arc as the Vikings shot 70.8 percent on three-pointers by going 17-for-24. The 17 three-pointers fell one short of tying the Lawrence game record, and this is fifth-highest three-point shooting percentage in a game for the Vikings.

Lawrence's Ben Peterson went 4-for-5 on three-pointers on his way to 18 points, and Abhishek Venkatesh was 2-for-2 on three-pointers and finished with nine points. Point guard Quinn Fisher handed out a game-high seven assists for the Vikings (6-4).

Will Perry scored 15 points and pulled down six rebounds to pace Oglethorpe (4-4).

Lawrence initially pulled away over the final eight minutes of the first half. The Vikings had led by as many as 10 points before Oglethorpe cut the lead to 28-27. Over the final 8:06 of the opening half, Lawrence went on a 22-8 run.

Stephani scored 15 of those 22 points, including the first 12 in the outburst on four three-pointers to give Lawrence a 40-33 lead. After baskets from George Mavrakis and Bryce Denham, Stephani hit another three-pointer to put the Vikings up 47-35. Venkatesh capped the run with another triple to put the Vikings up 50-35 at the break.

Stephani, who topped his previous career high of 23 points, went 8-for-8 on three-pointers in the first half.

Lawrence went on a 9-0 run early in the second half, capped by a Mavrakis layup, to grab a 62-39 advantage with 13:38 remaining. Lawrence led by as many as 26 points in the second half before settling for the final margin of 19.

The Vikings take a break for the holidays and return to action on Jan. 2 at Knox College.