GALESBURG, Ill. -- The Lawrence University men's basketball team rallied in the second half Tuesday but came up short in a 96-83 Midwest Conference loss to Knox College at Memorial Gymnasium.
Lawrence trailed by as many as 26 points in the first half but managed to get as close as 10 points midway through the second half before Knox recovered.
Brad Sendell paced Lawrence (8-8, 4-5 MWC) with 21 points, six assists and five rebounds. Brandon Danowski added 16 points and a team-best eight rebounds, and Mason Materna had 15 points, four rebounds and three assists for the Vikings.
Zach Lowe led Knox (6-10, 2-7) with a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Ethan Meeker went 10-for-12 from the floor on his way to a game-high 25 points for Knox, which shot 61.5 percent from the floor, including 53.3 percent from beyond the arc.
Lawrence trailed 20-15 midway through the first half when Knox went on a 14-2 run to seize control. The Prairie Fire pushed its lead all the way to 57-31 before the Vikings scored the final seven points of the first half to trim the lead to 57-38 at the break.
Knox shot 66.7 percent (20-30) from the floor in the opening 20 minutes.
The Vikings made a run at Knox in the middle part of the second half after trailing 68-52. A three-point play and a 3-pointer by Danowski started 9-1 Lawrence burst that cut the lead to 71-61 with 9:47 remaining.
Knox built the lead back to 88-70 before Lawrence rallied again. Sendell hit a jumper and Materna followed with a 3-pointer. After a Knox jumper, Sendell hit another jump shot and then drained a 3-pointer to cut the margin to 90-80 with 1:51 remaining.
That's as close as Lawrence would get, and the loss snapped a 16-game series win streak against Knox.