Vikings fall to hot-shooting MSOE

Lawrence men's basketball action Bryce Denham
Lawrence's Bryce Denham scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the Vikings' loss to MSOE.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University men's basketball team ran into a hot-shooting Milwaukee School of Engineering team on Saturday, and the Raiders pulled away to a 73-54 nonconference win at Alexander Gymnasium.

The Raiders shot 57.1 percent from the floor in the first half and distanced themselves from the Vikings after the break.

Mason Materna led Lawrence (1-3) with 15 points, and Bryce Denham added 11 points and eight rebounds before fouling out late. 

MSOE (2-0) got a game-high 27 points from Matthew Kirmse, who hit 11-of-16 shots from the floor, including 4-of-7 from beyond the 3-point line. Jake Gebert grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds to go with six points for the Raiders.

MSOE pulled away to a 27-17 lead with just under seven minutes left in the opening half, but the Vikings chipped away and cut the advantage to 32-26 on George Mavrakis' layup with 2:52 left. A layup by Gebert with 23 ticks left gave MSOE a 40-31 edge at the half.

Lawrence, which shot 38.2 percent in the first half, couldn't warm up after the break. Lawrence shot just 31 percent (9-29) in the second half as MSOE eased further ahead.

The Raiders quickly pushed the lead to 15 points by opening the second half on a 9-3 run. Lawrence got the lead back to 12 points on several occasions, the last time at 51-39 on a steal and thunderous dunk by Denham with 14:32 remaining.

MSOE responded by hitting its next three shots, including 3-pointers from Kirmse and Travis Ballard, to grab a 61-41 lead. Lawrence cut the lead to 13 at 65-52 on Julian DeGuzman's fastbreak layup with 5:24 left but could draw no closer