Furious rally comes up short against Beloit

Lawrence's Quinn Fisher scored a team-high 24 points in the Vikings' loss at Beloit.
Lawrence's Quinn Fisher scored a team-high 24 points in the Vikings' loss at Beloit.

BELOIT, Wis. -- The Lawrence University men's basketball team cut a 26-point deficit to two points Saturday before Beloit College hung on for a 95-89 Midwest Conference victory at Flood Arena.

Tristan Shoup went 16-for-18 from the floor on his way to a game-high 36 points for Beloit. 

Quinn Fisher paced the Vikings with 24 points, and Jeremy Stephani hit five three-pointers on his way to 23 points before fouling out. George Mavrakis came off the bench to add 20 points for Lawrence on 7-for-10 shooting from the floor. 

Hot-shooting Beloit (3-18, 2-12 MWC) streaked out to a 50-27 lead at the half, and that advantage grew to 28 points early in the second half. The Vikings (11-9, 7-7) were down by 26 at 72-46 with 9:50 remaining.

Lawrence then ripped off a 14-3 run with Stephani scoring five points and Evan McLaughlin adding four to trim the margin to 75-60 with 5:59 left.

The Vikings were still down 89-78 with 1:02 left before a late burst nearly pulled Lawrence back to even. Fisher started the run with a layup and Mavrakis added back-to-back layups, sandwiched around a Beloit turnover and two missed free throws, to trim the lead to 89-84 with 40 seconds left.

After another Beloit miss, Tyler Klug's tip-in cut the lead to 89-86. Beloit's Mason Jones then made two free throws, but Mavrakis buried a three-pointer with 18 seconds left to cut the margin to 91-89.

The Bucs then broke the press with a long pass to Shoup, and his layup with 13 seconds left pushed the lead back to 93-89. Mavarkis then misfired on a three-pointer and Beloit held on for the win.