MOUNT VERNON, Iowa -- A pair of rookies made key plays down the stretch Friday to lead the Lawrence University men's basketball team to a 66-64 Midwest Conference victory over Cornell College at the Multi-Sport Center.
Corey Davis poured in 26 points and dished out seven assists to lead Cornell (8-6, 3-4).
Jon Anderson's jumper gave Cornell a 60-59 lead with 3:57 remaining, but Denham hit a three-pointer with 2:00 left to put the Vikings ahead 62-59. After Cornell missed a three-pointer, Hamlin converted a conventional three-point play with 1:19 remaining to give Lawrence a 65-60 edge.
After a Cornell miss and a Lawrence turnover, Davis converted two free throws with 37 ticks left to cut the lead to 65-62. After another Lawrence turnover, Anderson drained a pair of free throws to trim the lead to 65-64 with 10 seconds left.
Stephani made one free throw with eight seconds remaining to put the Vikings up 66-64, and Cornell's Craig Engle then missed a three-pointer at the buzzer that would have won it for the Rams.
Fisher hit a three-pointer midway through the first half that put the Vikings ahead 15-14, and Lawrence would build that lead to 32-23 at the half. Stephani hit a three-pointer to open the second half, and the Vikings would build that lead to 46-32 after a pair of Fisher free throws with 12:09 left.
Cornell then outscored the Vikings 26-11 over the next eight minutes to take a 58-57 lead.