Strong second half leads Vikings past Beloit

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Brad Sendell scored 25 points in the Vikings' victory over Beloit.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University men's basketball team used a big second half Saturday to roll to a 67-48 Midwest Conference victory over Beloit College at Alexander Gymnasium.

Brad Sendell scored 25 points to lead Lawrence as he hit 7-of-10 shots from the floor and went 10-for-11 from the foul line.

Mason Materna added nine points, and Bryce Denham had eight points and eight rebounds for the Vikings (9-8, 6-4 MWC) . Quinn Fisher chipped in with seven points, five steals and three assists, and Julian DeGuzman had seven points, four assists and four rebounds.

Lawrence shot 61.9 percent from the floor in the second half as the Vikings went 13-for-21. The Vikings also connected on 11-of-12 shots from the foul line in the second half. Lawrence also limited Beloit to just 29 percent shooting (9-31) from the floor in the final 20 minutes.

Tristan Shoup led Beloit (5-12, 3-7) with 21 points, and Andrew Walters had nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Lawrence led by as many as nine points in the first half, but the Bucs trimmed the lead to 28-23 at the break. Beloit scored the first five points of the second half to tie the game at 28-28, but that's when the Vikings took over.

Lawrence went on a 12-0 run, sparked by a pair of baskets by Denham, to grab a 40-28 lead with 13:51 remaining. The Vikings were up 45-34 when Lawrence went on an 11-2 run to stretch the lead.

Sendell picked up five points and DeGuzman scored the final four points of the run to grab a 56-36 advantage with 6:45 remaining. The Vikings would go on to lead by as many as 22 points, and Beloit never got closer than 16 points the rest of the way.