Vikings let one slip away against Cornell

Lawrence's Bryce Denham (23) scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the Vikings' loss to Cornell.
Lawrence's Bryce Denham (23) scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the Vikings' loss to Cornell.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University men's basketball team let a 10-point second-half lead slip away Tuesday and dropped a 69-62 Midwest Conference decision to Cornell College at Alexander Gymnasium.

Jon Anderson posted a double-double for Cornell (11-9, 6-7 MWC) with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Corey Davis added 16 points, eight assists and six steals for the Rams.

Bryce Denham paced Lawrence (11-8, 7-6) with 19 points, and he pulled down eight rebounds and picked up three steals. Jeremy Stephani added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Vikings, and Quinn Fisher had 12 points and four assists. Evan McLaughlin didn't score for Lawrence, but he had a team-best nine rebounds and four steals.

The Vikings controlled the play from the opening tip and steadily built their lead until it hit double digits at 25-15 on a three-pointer from Stephani with 7:01 left in the first half. Lawrence led by as many as 13 points in the opening half before Cornell trimmed the margin to 37-28 at the break.

In the second half, the Vikings turned back an early run by Cornell and got a jumper from Denham and a three-pointer from Mason Materna to lead 47-37 with 14:29 left. The Rams countered with an 18-1 run to take a 55-48 lead with 8:30 remaining.

Materna picked up a layup and Stephani buried a three-pointer to cut the lead to 55-53 with 7:13 remaining. Cornell pushed the lead back to eight, but a jumper from Denham and another three-pointer from Stephani cut the lead back to 61-58.

Cornell's lead then hovered between three and five points, and Fisher's layup with 37 seconds left cut the margin to 65-62. The Vikings decided to defend rather than foul, and Anderson got loose for a three-point play with 14 seconds left to give Cornell a 68-62 lead and seal the victory.