Big second half leads Vikings past Knox

Lawrence men's basketball action Brad Sendell
Lawrence's Brad Sendell had a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds in the Vikings' win at Knox.

GALESBURG, Ill. -- The Lawrence University men's basketball team used a hot shooting second half Wednesday to pull away for an 88-72 Midwest Conference win at Knox College.

Lawrence shot 58.3 percent in the second half and hit six 3-pointers after the break. Mason Materna scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Vikings (4-4, 2-1 MWC).

Brad Sendell posted a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds for Lawrence, and Quinn Fisher had 21 points and a team-high five assists. George Mavrakis made his first start of the season and scored 11 points for Lawrence.

Blake Godbold led Knox (1-7, 0-3) with 18 points, and Malcolm Bray added 15.

Knox led by as many as 11 points in the first half, but the Vikings went on an 18-7 run, capped by a Materna 3-pointer, to take a 38-37 lead. The Vikings trailed 39-38 at the half.

Lawrence opened the second half by scoring the first 11 points as Materna hit a pair of 3-pointers and Fisher converted a conventional three-point play to put the Vikings up 49-39. Knox trimmed the lead back to 49-43, but the Vikings went on another big run to pull away.

The Vikings put together a 15-4 outburst with four different players contributing. Sendell, Fisher and Joe Duero all buried 3-pointers in that stretch as Lawrence pulled out to a 64-47 lead with 12:22 remaining.

Lawrence built the lead to as many as 18 points, but Knox managed to close the deficit to 76-66 with 3:13 left. Sendell answered with a jumper, and the Vikings, the top free-throw shooting team in the league, went 8-for-8 from the foul line to seal the victory.