Late burst dooms Vikings at Monmouth

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Delaney Brooks scored eight points in the loss at Monmouth.

MONMOUTH, Ill. -- The Lawrence University basketball team hung with Monmouth College for three quarters Saturday at Glennie Gymnasium, but the Scots pulled away late to post a 79-63 Midwest Conference victory.

It wasn't until the final seven minutes that Monmouth was finally able to shake the Vikings in a game that was tied seven times and featured five lead changes.

Kenya Earl paced Lawrence (4-9, 1-5 MWC) with 20 points and nine rebounds, and she added two assists, two blocks and a steal. Earl went 7-for-14 from the floor and 6-for-6 from the foul line.

Shonell Benjamin added nine points for the Vikings, and Ashley Batac and Delaney Brooks had eight points apiece.

Becca Gallis led Monmouth (9-4, 4-2) with 23 points, and Carley Turnbull added 21.

Lawrence trailed 50-45 entering the fourth quarter, and the Scots scored the first six points of the period to push the advantage to 11. Lawrence battled back with a jumper by Benjamin and two free throws by Earl to trim the margin to 56-49.

Monmouth followed with a decisive 11-0 run to stretch the lead 67-49 and seal the victory. Lawrence got no closer than 15 points the rest of the way.

The Vikings opened strong and went on an 8-0 run, capped by Brooks' 3-pointer, to take an 18-12 lead late in the first quarter. The Scots rallied and led 35-28 late in the second quarter, but the Vikings scored the final five points of the first half to trim the lead to 35-33 at the break.

Monmouth built an eight-point edge in the third quarter, but Brooks hit a 3-pointer with five seconds left to cut the margin to 50-45 entering the fourth.