Vikings edged by Monmouth

Lawrence's Bryce Denham had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Vikings against Monmouth.
Lawrence's Bryce Denham had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Vikings against Monmouth.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Monmouth College men's basketball team made a three-pointer with 1:02 left Saturday to break a tie and held on for a 65-62 Midwest Conference win over Lawrence University at Alexander Gymnasium.

Freshman Bryce Denham finished with a double-double for Lawrence with 18 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, and Jeremy Stephani picked up 18 points for the Vikings (7-5, 3-3 MWC).

Will Jones paced Monmouth with 22 points, and he added eight rebounds. Justin Aluya, who hit the game-winning three-pointer, added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Scots (8-5, 5-1).

Lawrence battled back from a 10-point deficit with 13 minutes remaining to take the lead late, but Aluya scored the game's final six points for Monmouth. He got a conventional three-point play with 2:04 remaining to tie the game at 62-62.

The teams then traded misses before Lawrence was called for an offensive foul with 1:15 left. Aluya countered with a three-pointer with 1:02 remaining to put the Scots up 65-62. Lawrence then missed three consecutive three-pointers as the Vikings grabbed a pair of offensive rebounds on the same possession.

Will Jones pulled down the final rebound for Monmouth and was fouled with less than two seconds left. He missed both free throws, but Lawrence's long inbounds pass was picked off and time expired.

The Vikings led throughout the first 20-plus minutes of the game and built a 24-14 lead on Quinn Fisher's three-pointer with 5:31 left in the opening half. Monmouth rallied and trimmed the lead to 29-27, and Lawrence got a thunderous alley oop dunk from Denham off an inbounds play and led 31-28 at the break.

Monmouth started the second half on an 18-5 run to build a 46-36 lead before Lawrence rallied with a 13-4 outburst of its own. Denham scored six consecutive points to trim the margin to 46-42, and Lawrence then got a layup from Dylan Hamlin, a Denham three-pointer and Stephani layup to cut the lead to 50-49 with 7:59 left.

Monmouth built the lead back to 57-52, but Lawrence countered with a 10-2 run. Denham started it with a three-pointer and Stephani finished it with another triple, sandwiched around baskets by Ben Peterson and Evan McLaughlin, to give Lawrence a 62-59 lead with 2:34 remaining. Aluya then scored the game's final six points.