MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- The Lawrence University men's basketball team used a good defensive effort and a huge advantage at the foul line Wednesday to carve out a 65-55 nonconference win over Wisconsin Lutheran College at the Recreation Complex.
Brad Sendell scored a team-high 18 points for the Vikings and went 14-for-14 at the foul line. He also added six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Mason Materna and Bryce Denham added 10 points apiece for Lawrence (6-5), and Materna and George Mavrakis both had a team-best eight rebounds.
Lawrence feasted at the foul line by going 22-for-30, which helped offset a frigid shooting night for the Vikings. Lawence shot 35.1 percent from the floor, including 14.3 percent (3-21) on 3-pointers. Wisconsin Lutheran (5-5) shot just 10 free throws and made only five.
The Vikings limited Wisconsin Lutheran to 37.9 percent shooting for the game, and the Warriors were just 6-for-27 (22.2 percent) from beyond the arc. Lawrence collected 10 points off turnovers and picked up 17 offensive rebounds, which led to 17 second-chance points.
Collin Kennedy led the Warriors with 25 points and pulled down eight rebounds.
Lawrence got out of the gate quickly and grabbed a 21-10 lead on Abhishek Venkatesh's layup with 10:05 remaining in the first half. The Warriors battled back and cut the margin to 31-28 at the break.
The game was tight throughout the second half and was tied 47-47 until Denham's layup with 8:34 left put the Vikings ahead to stay. Lawrence then put the clamps on defensively as it held the Warriors without a point for a stretch of 5:40.
Denham's layup sparked a 10-0 run that included four points by Sendell to give Lawrence a 57-47 lead with 3:23 remaining. Randy Johnson's 3-pointer with 3:08 left finally broke the drought for Wisconsin Lutheran and cut the lead to 57-50.
A jumper from Sam Kaufman cut the lead to 58-52, but Lawrence then forced missed shots on the next two possessions. Wisconsin Lutheran was forced to foul in the final minute, and the Vikings then went 6-for-6 from the line in the final 48 seconds to seal the victory.