GRINNELL, Iowa -- The Lawrence University men's basketball team got huge games from Bryce Denham and Brad Sendell on Saturday, but the Vikings were edged by Grinnell College 120-115 in overtime in a Midwest Conference game at Darby Gymnasium.
Denham had a big double-double with 31 points and 17 rebounds as he went 10-for-13 from the floor and 11-for-12 from the foul line. Sendell scored a career-high 34 points, eclipsing his previous high of 31 points, which he had done twice.
Mason Materna added 20 points and seven rebounds for the Vikings (7-4, 3-1 MWC).
Jackson Qualley scored 25 points for Grinnell (7-4, 3-1) and was one of six Pioneers in double figures.
The game was tight throughout with 12 ties and 18 lead changes in regulation. The biggest lead for Grinnell was seven points in the first half, and the largest advantage for the Vikings was six points early in the second half.
Grinnell grabbed a 95-93 lead with a 3-pointer, but Sendell hit a triple on the ensuing possession to put the Vikings back up by one with 1:02 left in regulation.
Back-to-back turnovers by Qualley resulted in free throws, two by Quinn Fisher and two by Sendell, to put the Vikings up 100-95. Hannes Kogelnik hit a 3-pointer for Grinnell to trim the margin to 100-98, and Sendell was fouled with 11 seconds left. He made one free throw to put the Vikings up 101-98.
Jackson then made his only 3-pointer of the game with 5.7 seconds remaining to tie the game at 101-101. Sendell's driving layup just lipped out at the buzzer and the game went to overtime.
The teams traded baskets in the overtime before Grinnell built a four-point lead in the final minute, and it was Denham's three-point play that trimmed Grinnell's lead to 114-113 with 28 seconds left.
Grinnell hit four consecutive free throws, sandwiched around a Sendell layup, to lead 118-115 with 13 seconds left. Sendell lost the ball on the ensuing possession as the Vikings were setting up for a tying 3-pointer, and Grinnell made two free throws with five seconds remaining to seal the win.