Sendell scores 30 as Vikings edge Illinois College

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Brad Sendell scored 30 points in Lawrence's win over Illinois College.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Lawrence University men's basketball star Brad Sendell poured in 30 points Saturday and hit the game-winning basket in the Vikings' 79-76 Midwest Conference victory over Illinois College at Alexander Gymnasium.

Sendell, who notched his fourth 30-point game of the season, went 11-for-15 from the floor, including 6-for-8 from 3-point range, and added five rebounds and a pair of steals.

Bryce Denham added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Vikings (11-14, 7-11 MWC), and Quinn Fisher picked up 12 points.

Jake Mazrimas scored 35 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Illinois College (6-19, 4-14).

Lawrence led 44-29 at the half, but the Blueboys rallied to take a 60-58 lead with 10:10 left in the game and it went back and forth from that point. 

After the fourth tie of the game, Sendell hit a 3-pointer to give the Vikings a 74-71 lead, but Hunter Ottensmeier answered with a 3-pointer for Illinois College. After Lawrence missed a pair of free throws with 1:53 remaining, Mazrimas got a layup to give the Blueboys a 76-74 lead.

Mason Materna then hit a baseline jumper for the Vikings to tie the game 76-76 with 1:21 remaining. The Blueboys missed a jumper and a putback attempt before Denham grabbed the rebound.

On the ensuing possession, Sendell hit a driving layup to give Lawrence a 78-76 lead with 24 seconds left. Illinois College missed a jumper and Brandon Danowski grabbed the rebound and was fouled with five seconds remaining. He hit one free throw for a 79-76 lead, and Mazrimas missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have tied it.

Lawrence put together a fine first half and senior Jason Dougherty was the early star of the game as he went 3-for-3 from the floor and scored six of Lawrence's first nine points. After Illinois College led 10-9, Lawrence scored the next eight points on Fisher's jumper and back-to-back 3-pointers by Sendell and Materna for a 17-10 advantage.

The Vikings would go on to lead by as many as 15 in the first half, and Sendell capped the opening 20 minutes with a fastbreak layup for a 44-29 edge at the half.