FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Erik Borresen poured in a career-high 30 points, but the Lawrence University men’s basketball team came up just short in an 89-80 loss to No. 14 St. Mary’s (Md.) College on Saturday.
The game was part of the Cruzin Classic and was played at Nova Southeastern University.
Borresen hit 13 of 19 shots from the floor, and the 6-foot-8 center was 3 of 3 from 3-point range. He also grabbed five rebounds and had six assists.
Chris Siebert added a double-double for the Vikings with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Tyler Crisman added 14 points for Lawrence (4-3) and Jon Mays tacked on 12.
Sam Burum led St. Mary’s (9-2) with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Alex Franz added 24 points for the Seahawks.
St. Mary’s pulled away in the final minutes of the first half by going on a 9-0 run to grab a 47-30 edge. Siebert hit a jumper to trim the margin to 47-32 at the break.
The Seahawks led 55-40 after James Davenport’s 3-pointer with 15:30 remaining in the contest. Siebert scored on a conventional three-point play to spark a 17-4 Lawrence run over the next four minutes.
The Vikings hit seven consecutive shots from the floor as Crisman and Conor Klusendorf scored five points apiece during the outburst. Borrensen’s jumper with 11:37 left capped the run and cut St. Mary’s lead to 59-57.
The Seahawks recovered and built the lead back to as many as nine points. Lawrence closed to five points at 79-74 with 2:46 left, but Sam Burum hit back-to-back shots, sandwich around a Siebert jumper, to give the Seahawks an 85-77 lead with 45 seconds left.
The Seahawks then hit four consecutive free throws in the final 17 seconds to seal the victory.
Lawrence is back in action on Sunday when it faces Manchester College.