Denham, Danowski help Vikings shoot down Grinnell

Lawrence men's basketball action Brandon Danowski
Lawrence's Brandon Danowski (25) was one assist shy of a triple-double in the victory over Grinnell.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University men's basketball team pulled away early in the second half Saturday and went on to a 118-106 Midwest Conference win over Grinnell College at Alexander Gymnasium.

Lawrence played just eight players against Grinnell's uptempo style, but six Vikings scored in double figures.

Lawrence guard Brandon Danowski finished one assist shy of a triple-double with 10 points, a game-high 18 rebounds and nine assists. Bryce Denham scored a game-high 28 points for the Vikings (8-7, 4-4 MWC) and picked up eight rebounds, four assists, four blocks and a steal. Denham went 11-for-13 from the floor and 6-for-8 from the foul line.

Brad Sendell had 25 points and six assists for Lawrence, and Julian DeGuzman scored 20 points on 7-for-8 shooting from the floor and added five rebounds and four assists. Mason Materna picked up 18 points, and Troy Mikaelian added 12 for the Vikings.

Jackson Qualley and Aiden Gilbert scored 21 points apiece for Grinnell (8-7, 4-4).

Grinnell led by as many as seven points in the opening half and were up 25-19 when Lawrence went on a 15-5 run to take the lead for good. DeGuzman scored six points in that stretch and Materna added three as the Vikings pulled out to a 34-30 lead with 8:06 left in the first half.

Lawrence followed that with a quick 9-2 burst to pull out to a 45-34 advantage. The Vikings would lead by as many as 15 points in the first half and were up 60-46 at the break.

Grinnell quickly closed that advantage to 60-54 to start the second half, but the Vikings answered. Three consecutive layups from Sendell, Materna and Denham pushed the lead back to 66-54 with 16:51 left. Lawrence continued to push and got a three-point play from Quinn Fisher and back-to-back layups by Denham to grab a 17-point edge at 75-58.

The Pioneers rallied again and cut the margin to 75-66 before Lawrence went on a 9-2 run, capped by five straight points from Sendell, to grab an 84-68 advantage. Grinnell got as close as nine points at 100-91 with four minutes remaining, but Lawrence got a key 3-pointer from Sendell with 2:58 left to grab a 104-91 lead.

Grinnell was forced to foul, and Lawrence went 10-for-12 from the foul line in the final 1:38 to seal the victory.