Lawrence shoots down Rams in double overtime

Lawrence men's basketball action Bryce Denham
Bryce Denham had a double-double in Lawrence's double-overtime win at Cornell.

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa -- The Lawrence University men's basketball team scored the first 10 points of the second overtime Saturday on its way to a 101-92 double-overtime Midwest Conference victory over Cornell College at the Small Center.

It was a wild game late as the Vikings went the final four minutes of regulation without a point and saw Cornell hit a shot at the buzzer in the first overtime to force a second extra period.

Bryce Denham posted a double-double for the Vikings (10-13, 6-10 MWC) with 20 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out in the second overtime. Brandon Danowski led Lawrence with 21 points and picked up six assists and three rebounds.

Brad Sendell added 19 points, a team-best seven assists and six rebounds for the Vikings. Lawrence's Quinn Fisher picked up 18 points, four rebounds and three steals, and Mason Materna had 15 points and went 4-for-8 from beyond the arc.

Lawrence's five starters scored all but eight points for the Vikings.

Cooper Kabela led Cornell (11-11, 6-9) with 23 points, and Marcus Quirk came off the bench to score 21 points and grab 15 rebounds.

Lawrence missed its first shot of the second overtime, but Sendell followed a Cornell turnover with a driving layup for an 85-83 lead. After a Cornell miss, Fisher scored on another drive to the hoop and Lawrence led 87-83.

Lawrence really seized control as Sendell and Materna hit back-to-back 3-pointers sandwiched around a Cornell turnover to put the Vikings up 93-83 with 1:41 left. 

The Rams then started fouling, and Lawrence made its next six free throws for a 99-89 lead with 24 seconds left to seal the victory.

In the first overtime, Fisher made four consecutive free throws sandwiched around a Quirk layup to give Lawrence an 82-79 lead with 16 seconds left. The Vikings fouled Kabela, who made two free throws with six seconds left. 

Fisher was fouled again and made one free throw before Jordan Magnani hit a short jumper at the buzzer to tie the game at 83-83.

Lawrence looked to be in control as it got consecutive 3-pointers from Danowski, Materna and Sendell to build a 70-60 lead with 4:14 left in regulation. Cornell scored the final 10 points of the game as Lawrence went 0-for-6 from the floor during the same stretch. The Vikings had a chance to win the game at the buzzer of regulation, but Materna's short off-balance jumper trickled off the rim.