Hot-shooting Vikings burn Knox

Lawrence's Ben Peterson (32) scored 26 points and hit eight three-pointers in the Vikings' 100-61 Midwest Conference win over Knox.
Lawrence's Ben Peterson (32) scored 26 points and hit eight three-pointers in the Vikings' 100-61 Midwest Conference win over Knox.

GALESBURG, Ill. -- The hot-shooting Lawrence University men's basketball team rolled to a 100-61 Midwest Conference victory over Knox College on Tuesday at Memorial Gymnasium.

Lawrence shot 59.4 percent from the floor for the game, including 55.6 percent (10-18) from beyond the three-point line in the first half, as the Vikings jumped out to a big early lead and cruised to the win.

Ben Peterson paced Lawrence with 26 points on 9-for-12 shooting from the floor, including a career-best 8-for-10 from beyond the arc, and pulled down a game-high eight rebounds. The eight three-pointers matches the third-highest game total in Lawrence history.

Bryce Denham added 15 points for the Vikings (7-4, 3-2 MWC), and Jeremy Stephani had 12 points. The Vikings had three players, Quinn Fisher, Evan McLaughlin and Mason Materna, with five assists apiece as Lawrence picked up 26 assists on 38 baskets.

Blake Godbold scored 10 points to lead Knox (2-10, 0-5), a team Lawrence has now defeated 13 consecutive times. Lawrence has won 29 of its last 32 against Knox dating back to 2000.

Lawrence jumped on the Prairie Fire from the opening tip as Peterson hit a three-pointer just six seconds into the game. Lawrence scored the game's first 17 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the floor as Peterson and Stephani both made a pair of three-pointers and Denham scored the other five points.

The Vikings built a 30-point advantage at 35-5 with 7:49 left in the first half, and Knox needed the first 15:15 of the opening half to reach double digits. Lawrence led by as many as 36 points in the first half at 50-14, and the Vikings were up 53-22 at the break.

Knox trimmed the margin to 53-28 three minutes into the second half, but Lawrence countered with a 15-0 run. Dylan Hamlin's jumper with 14:01 remaining gave Lawrence a 68-28 lead, and the Vikings would lead by as many as 41 points late in the half.

Lawrence hit the century mark for the first time against a team other than Grinnell for the first time since a 101-67 victory over Beloit on Feb. 4, 2017.