Vikings toppled by Cornell

Lawrence men's basketball action Brad Sendell
Lawrence's Brad Sendell (3) scored 26 points against Cornell.

APPLETON, Wis. -- A scoring burst midway through the second half was the difference Friday as the Lawrence University men's basketball team dropped a 79-70 Midwest Conference decision to Cornell College at Alexander Gymnasium.

The Rams went on a 16-3 run to turn a one-point deficit into a 12-point advantage, and Lawrence never got closer than six points the rest of the way.

Brad Sendell poured in 26 points for the Vikings (8-10, 4-7 MWC) as he five 3-pointers, and he also grabbed five rebounds. Lawrence's Mason Materna went 3-for-4 on 3-pointers and finished with 17 points, and Bryce Denham added 14 points and five rebounds. Quinn Fisher handed out a game-high six assists for the Vikings.

Cooper Kabela went 8-for-12 from the floor on his way to a team-high 22 points for the Rams. Jordan Magnani had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Cornell (9-8, 4-6).

Lawrence was on fire out of the gate and grabbed a 23-13 lead less than six minutes into the contest. Lawrence made their first five 3-point attempts during that stretch. It took the Rams about seven minutes on the clock to close the gap to three at 27-24, and the Vikings would go on to lead 39-38 at the half.

Lawrence grabbed a 47-46 edge on Materna's 3-pointer with 14:52 remaining, and that's when the Rams took off. Cornell hit six of its next seven shots from the floor, including a pair of 3-pointers, to race to a 62-50 advantage with 9:56 remaining.

The Vikings chipped away at the lead with the help of three consecutive 3-pointers by Sendell to trim the advantage to 72-65 with 2:12 remaining. After a pair of Cornell free throws, Sendell buried another 3-pointer to cut the margin to 74-68 with 1:01 left.

That's as close as the Vikings would get as Lawrence missed its next two shots from the floor.