MONMOUTH, Ill. -- The Lawrence University men's basketball team fell behind early in the second half Saturday and never recovered in an 88-78 Midwest Conference loss to Monmouth College at Glennie Gymnasium.
Monmouth scored the first 11 points of the second half to grab a 13-point lead, and Lawrence could get no closer than six points the rest of the game.
Brad Sendell paced Lawrence (7-6, 3-3 MWC) with 29 points as he made 10-of-16 shots from the floor and went 7-for-7 from the foul line. Bryce Denham posted a double-double for the Vikings as he scored 17 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Denham was 6-for-7 from the floor, including 2-for-2 from 3-point range.
Trey Swearingen came off the bench to lead Monmouth (9-4, 4-2) with 20 points as he went 7-for-9 from the floor, including 6-for-8 from beyond the arc.
The game was tight throughout the first half and Lawrence trimmed Monmouth's lead to 41-39 at the break with Sendell's layup in the first seconds before halftime.
Monmouth hit five of first eight shots from the floor to start the second half as the Scots grabbed a 52-39 advantage. During that same stretch, Lawrence went 0-for-3 from the floor and committed four turnovers.
Lawrence battled back by going on a 9-2 run, started with Denham's 3-pointer and capped by a Sendell layup, to trim the lead to 54-48 with 13:35 remaining.
Monmouth quickly built the lead back to 12 and held a double-digit margin until the final three minutes. Lawrence went on another 9-2 run, capped by Materna's 3-pointer, to cut the lead to 77-73 with 2:07 left.
The Scots answered with a 3-pointer by D.J. Swift, and Lawrence got no closer than six points after that.