Hot-shooting Danowski, Materna lead Vikings past Illinois College

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Brandon Danowski scored a career-high 31 points in the win at Illinois College.

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. -- Brandon Danowski poured in 31 points Friday and Mason Materna added 24 as the Lawrence University men's basketball team beat Illinois College 101-94 in a Midwest Conference game at Sherman Gymnasium.

It was a career high for Danowski, who is in his first season at Lawrence and had scored 22 points earlier this year. Danowski went 13-for-15 from the floor, including 2-for-3 from 3-point range, and added six rebounds and four assists.

Materna was just two points shy of matching his career high, and he went 8-for-10 from the floor, including a sizzling 6-for-7 from beyond the arc.

Lawrence's Brad Sendell added 21 points, a game-high seven assists and six rebounds. Bryce Denham picked up 16 points, pulled down a game-high seven rebounds and added three assists for the Vikings (7-3, 3-0 MWC).

Deandre Enoch led seven Blueboys (3-7, 1-2) in double figures with 15 points.

The game featured 10 ties and 20 lead changes in the first half alone, and Lawrence's Troy Mikaelian hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds to give Lawrence a 52-49 lead at the break.

The game was knotted at 67-67, the 14th tie of the game, when Danowski and Sendell hit jumpers and Materna drilled a 3-pointer to give Lawrence a 74-67 lead with 11:38 remaining. The Blueboys rallied to trim the lead back to 79-77, but Materna made back-to-back triples to put the Vikings up 85-77 with 6:19 left.

Jaxson Dian's 3-pointer cut Lawrence's lead to 89-88 with 2:22 left, but Sendell answered with a 3-pointer to put the Vikings back up 92-88. The teams then traded baskets as Sendell and Denham scored for Lawrence before a miss by the Blueboys with 36 seconds left.

Illinois College then fouled Danowski, who made two free throws with 28 seconds left for a 98-92 advantage. The Blueboys hit a jumper and Sendell then made one free throw to push the lead to 99-94. Sendell then stole the ball and hit a final jumper to seal the win.