Denham pours in 33 as Vikings trim Beloit

Lawrence men's basketball action Bryce Denham
Bryce Denham scored 33 points in Lawrence's win over Beloit.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Lawrence University men's basketball standout Bryce Denham poured in a career-high 33 points Saturday as the Vikings downed Beloit College 71-60 in a Midwest Conference game at Alexander Gymnasium.

Denham hit 13-of-19 shots from the floor, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range, and he went 2-for-2 from the foul line. Denham also added a team-best eight rebounds and collected three steals, a block and an assist. The 33 points tops Denham's previous high of 26, which came in a victory over Silver Lake College on Nov. 27, 2018.

Denham's career night helped the Vikings (4-1, 2-0 MWC) overcome a poor shooting night as Lawrence shot just 25.8 percent from beyond the arc. Inside the arc, the Vikings were much better as they shot 64.5 percent (20-31) on those attempts.

Brad Sendell added 13 points for the Vikings, and Quinn Fisher and Mason Materna chipped in with eight points apiece. The Vikings got another solid all-around game off the bench from Troy Mikaelian, who scored five points, grabbed five rebounds and picked up a pair of assists in 15 minutes.

Tristan Shoup led Beloit (2-4, 0-2) with 16 points, and Andrew Walters had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Beloit started strong in the second half and grabbed a 44-37 lead with 16:43 remaining.

Lawrence responded by going on a 13-2 run to take back the lead. Mikaelian started the run with a 3-pointer and a layup, and Denham followed with a 3-pointer and a layup to give Lawrence a 47-46 lead. Denham buried another 3-pointer and the Vikings led 50-46 with 9:31 left.

Beloit would trim the lead back to 54-53 but that's as close as the Bucs would get.

Sendell countered with a layup, and Denahm hit another 3-pointer for a 59-53 edge. Sendell followed with another driving layup and Brandon Danowski's free throw completed the 8-0 outburst and gave Lawrence a 62-53 lead.

Denham then sealed the victory in the final two minutes. Lawrence led 65-58 with the ball when Denham drilled another 3-pointer after an offensive rebound by Mikaelian for a 68-58 lead. After a Beloit miss, Denham converted a conventional three-point play with 54 seconds left to give Lawrence a 71-58 lead and put the game away.

Denham's 33 points is the most by a Lawrence player since Sendell scored 31 in a victory at Monmouth College on Jan. 26, 2019.