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Brandon Danowski (25) scored 18 points in the victory at Northwestern. (Photo courtesy Ryan Coleman, D3photography.com)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Lawrence University men's basketball team was clutch down the stretch Tuesday and posted an 88-80 nonconference win over the University of Northwestern (Minn.) at the Ericksen Center.

Mason Materna led four Vikings (5-2) in double figures with 22 points as he hit 8-of-14 shots from the floor, including 4-for-8 from beyond the arc. Lawrence's Bryce Denham posted a double-double with 15 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

Lawrence's Brandon Danowski poured in 18 points, hit 5-of-7 shots from the floor and grabbed six rebounds. Brad Sendell added 15 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Vikings.

Noah Alm had a double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds for Northwestern (6-6), a 2019 NCAA Division III Tournament team that saw last season end with a loss to eventual national champion UW-Oshkosh.

Lawrence shot 51.7 percent (31-60) from the floor while holding Northwestern to 38.4 percent (28-73) from the floor, including 26.5 percent (9-34) from 3-point range.

The game was tight from the start as Lawrence slowly built a nine-point lead in the first half. The Eagles closed that deficit to 37-34 at the half and took a one-point lead early in the second half.

Lawrence bounced back to score the game's next seven points, capped by a Danowski layup, to take a 52-46 lead with 15:28 remaining. From that point, Lawrence led by as little as one point and as much as nine before Northwestern made a final push.

Northwestern cut the lead to 78-77 on a pair of Alm free throws with 3:19 left before Materna answered with a layup. Alm then tied the game at 80-80 with a 3-pointer with 1:54 remaining.

After a Lawrence miss and a Northwestern turnover, Danowski was fouled and knocked down both free throws with 1:02 left for an 82-80 lead. Lawrence's defense forced Alm into a long 3-pointer, which he misfired on. Materna was then fouled and made both free throws with 28 seconds remaining for an 84-80 lead.

The Eagles missed two more 3-pointers before Quinn Fisher grabbed the rebound for Lawrence. He made both free throws with 12 seconds left to seal the victory. Lawrence went 8-for-8 from the foul line in the final 1:04.