Lawrence falls to Rams

Lawrence men's basketball action Mason Materna
Mason Materna scored 16 points in Lawrence's loss at Cornell.

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa -- The Lawrence University men's basketball team fell behind late in the first half Friday and never recovered in a 91-76 Midwest Conference loss to Cornell College at the Small Multi-Sport Center.

Cornell pulled ahead by double digits in the final minutes of the first half, and Lawrence wasn't able to close the gap in the final 20 minutes.

Brad Sendell paced Lawrence (9-9, 6-5 MWC) with 25 points, and he added four assists and four rebounds. Bryce Denham and Mason Materna added 16 points apiece for the Vikings. Denham and Materna combined to hit 12-of-20 shots from the floor, including 4-of-9 from beyond the arc.

Hot-shooting Cornell (4-13, 2-8) was led by Craig Engle and Cooper Kabela. Engle had 26 points, and Kabela had a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds. The Rams shot 60 percent from the floor for the game, and went 21-for-22 from the foul line.

The game was tight until the final six minutes of the first half. Following Tyler Klug's 3-pointer, Lawrence trailed 29-26 with 6:41 left. Cornell went on a 17-5 run to finish the half to grab a 46-31 lead at the break.

Lawrence trailed by as many as 20 points early in the second half and never got closer than 11 points after the break.