Vikings surge past Beloit

Lawrence's George Mavrakis keyed a late run that lifted the Vikings to a 78-65 Midwest Conference win over Beloit.
Lawrence's George Mavrakis keyed a late run that lifted the Vikings to a 78-65 Midwest Conference win over Beloit.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University men's basketball team went on a late 14-2 run Saturday to pull away for a 78-65 Midwest Conference win over Beloit College at Alexander Gymnasium.

The Vikings turned a two-point deficit into a 10-point advantage over the final eight minutes and beat Beloit for the eighth time in the last nine meetings.

Senior guard Jeremy Stephani led Lawrence (10-6, 6-4 MWC) and all scorers with 16 points, and he grabbed eight rebounds. Quinn Fisher added 13 points, four rebounds and three assists for the Vikings, and Bryce Denham had 11 points.

Tristan Shoup and Cody Risseeuw had 12 points apiece to pace Beloit (2-15, 1-9).

The Vikings had built a nine-point lead in the second half before Beloit scored 11 consecutive points to take a 57-55 lead with 7:55 remaining.

George Mavrakis provided a spark off the bench as Lawrence responded. Mavrakis hit a jumper to tie it and followed with a pair of free throws to give the Vikings a 59-57 lead. Stephani followed with a three-pointer, and Evan McLaughlin added a pair of free throws for a 64-57 advantage with 5:37 left.

After Beloit's Andrew Walters countered with a layup, Mavrakis got a layup, Denham added a free throw and Fisher finished the run with a layup for a 69-59 lead with 1:57 left.

The Vikings then went 5-for-6 from the foul line, sandwiched around a Mason Materna layup, to seal the victory. Materna and center Dylan Hamlin had nine points apiece, and Hamlin added three blocks.

Lawrence shot 50.9 percent from the floor and dominated the glass against the Bucs. Lawrence had a 40-28 rebounding edge as McLaughlin pulled down a game-high nine boards.