Vikings hold off Cornell

Lawrence's Quinn Fisher scored a team-high 17 points in the Vikings' 66-64 victory over Cornell.
Lawrence's Quinn Fisher scored a team-high 17 points in the Vikings' 66-64 victory over Cornell.

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.

Freshmen Bryce Denham and Dylan Hamlin scored six consecutive points in the final two minutes to put Lawrence ahead for good, and the Vikings then held off Cornell in the final seconds.

Quinn Fisher scored 17 points to pace the Vikings (8-5, 4-3 MWC), and Jeremy Stephani added 12. Denham picked up 11 points and pulled down a game-high eight rebounds for Lawrence. 

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.