Sendell hits 1,000 points but Vikings can't overcome SNC

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Brad Sendell hit the 1,000-point plateau against St. Norbert.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Lawrence University men's basketball star Brad Sendell made history on Wednesday night at Alexander Gymnasium, but the Vikings fell 75-56 to No. 20 St. Norbert College in a Midwest Conference game.

Sendell finished with 22 points to push his career total to 1,000 and became the first player in Lawrence history to hit that plateau in just two seasons. Sendell, who also finished with six rebounds, hit a 3-pointer in the final two minutes to get to 1,000.

Bryce Denham added 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds for the Vikings (10-14, 6-11 MWC), and Mason Materna chipped in with eight points.

Connor Curtis and Jared Murphy scored 13 points apiece to pace the Green Knights (21-3, 16-1).

The Vikings struggled early and were down 13-3 less than five minutes into the game. St. Norbert led by as many as 22 points late in the first half, but Sendell hit a 3-pointer from near halfcourt at the buzzer to cut the lead to 42-24 at the half.

Lawrence immediately began chipping away at the lead early in the second half. Denham and Sendell opened the second half with layups to cut the lead to 42-28 before Curtis countered with a layup.

Sendell followed with a jumper and Materna and Denham hit back-to-back 3-pointers as part of Lawrence's 12-2 outburst to cut the lead to 44-36 with 14:55 remaining. The Vikings cooled off, missing their next three shots and committing a pair of turnovers before the Green Knights knocked down three consecutive 3-pointers to grab a 55-40 lead.

Lawrence closed the lead back to 12 points on two occasions but could get no closer down the stretch.