Vikings romp past Finlandia

Lawrence men's basketball action Brad Sendell
Brad Sendell scored 27 points to lead Lawrence past Finlandia.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Five Lawrence University men's basketball players scored in double figures Saturday as the Vikings romped to a 107-72 nonconference victory over Finlandia University in the season opener at Alexander Gymnasium.

Brad Sendell led the Vikings and all scorers with 27 points as he drained a game-best five 3-pointers. Bryce Denham posted a double-double for Lawrence as he scored 15 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. 

A pair of players making their Lawrence debut, Sawyer Schlindwein and Brandon Danowski, both scored in double figures. Schlindwein scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and Danowski scored 11 points, handed out a game-high seven assists and picked up six rebounds. Mason Materna added 12 points for the Vikings, who shot 51.4 percent for the game, including 61.9 percent in the second half.

Three other Vikings scored their first collegiate points as Tommy Powers picked up six points, and Matthew Brend and Zach Currie added four points apiece.

Dylan Underwood scored 25 points to pace Finlandia (0-4).

Lawrence jumped on the Lions early as Quinn Fisher's fastbreak layup gave the Vikings a 15-6 lead just seven minutes into the game. The Vikings were up 10 when they went on an 11-4 run, capped by Denham's layup, to grab a 32-15 lead with 2:43 left in the opening half.

The Vikings got a three-point play from Schlindwein and a pair of free throws from Materna in the final 36 seconds to grab a 40-20 lead at the break.

The second half saw some running and gunning, and Finlandia cut the lead to 57-42 with 12:50 remaining. The Vikings steadily pulled away from that point and pushed the lead to 65-44 as Materna and Sendell posted back-to-back layups as part of an 8-2 outburst.

Lawrence put some distance between themselves and the Lions with a 14-2 run, capped by a pair of Danowski free throws, to grab a 92-60 lead with 4:52 left. The lead grew to as many as 42 points after that.

The 107 points is the most scored by the Vikings against a team other than Grinnell College since a 100-61 victory over Knox College on Jan. 2, 2018.