Long-range shooting lifts Vikings past Monmouth

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Brad Sendell (3) poured in 30 points in the win over Monmouth.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University men's basketball team drained 17 3-pointers Saturday en route to an 82-77 Midwest Conference victory over Monmouth College at Alexander Gymnasium.

Brad Sendell led Lawrence (9-10, 5-7 MWC) and all scorers with 30 points as he went 9-for-16 from the floor, including 5-for-8 from beyond the arc. Mason Materna added 23 points as he connected on 8-of-13 shots, including 6-of-11 from 3-point range.

Brandon Danowski added 10 points as he hit a trio of 3-pointers and picked up five rebounds for Lawrence. Bryce Denham had nine points, six rebounds and three blocks, and Sendell had a game-high five assists.

Lawrence went 17-for-32 from 3-point range for 53.1 percent. 

Dee Hyler led Monmouth (13-6, 8-4) with 23 points, and Justin Batterton added 22.

Lawrence grabbed its biggest lead of the game early in the second half as Sendell hit a 3-pointer for a 47-35 lead with 15:38 remaining. Monmouth quickly rallied and trimmed the lead to 52-50 with 11:57 left.

From that point the game was tight to the finish, but clutch shooting kept the Vikings on top.

The Scots closed the lead to one at 64-63, but Quinn Fisher answered with a 3-pointer for the Vikings. Monmouth again trimmed the lead to one, and this time Materna hit a 3-pointer to give Lawrence a 72-68 edge.

The Scots trimmed the lead to 75-72 after four free throws from Batterton sandwiched around a Materna jumper. Danowski then drilled a 3-pointer with 1:03 remaining to give the Vikings a 78-72 lead. 

D.J. Swift answered with a 3-pointer for the Scots, but Materna provided a dagger as he buried a triple to put the Vikings up 81-75 with 27 seconds left. Batterton countered with a basket for the Scots, but Sendell made one free throw with 14 seconds left for the final margin.

Lawrence jumped out to a 13-3 lead in the first four minutes, but Monmouth slowly clawed back into the game and tied it at 30-30. Materna and Danowski answered with 3-pointers to give Lawrence a 36-30 lead at the half.