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.
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