The Lawrence University men’s basketball team pulled away early and ran to a 73-40 victory over Monmouth College on Wednesday to remain unbeaten in the Midwest Conference.

The Vikings (5-4, 4-0 MWC) got 17 points and a career-high 16 rebounds from Erik Borresen, who posted his fifth double-double of the season. Jon Mays paced the Vikings and all scorers with 21 points.

Cory Bishop led Monmouth (2-8, 0-5) with 11 points and six rebounds.

The game was tied 7-7 when the Vikings scored the next 10 points, capped by Chris Siebert’s 3-pointer with 12:29 left in the first half. Siebert finished with 10 points and a game-high six assists.

Monmouth trimmed the margin to six points at 22-16, but Lawrence closed the first half on a 15-0 run. Borresen scored five points during that outburst and Siebert added four.

After Bishop scored the first two points of the second half, Lawrence quickly pulled away. Borresen had a three-point play, Mays scored four points and Tyler Crisman nailed a 3-pointer in a 10-0 Lawrence run to give the Vikings a 47-20 lead with 17:05 left.

Monmouth would get no closer than 23 points the rest of the way, and the Vikings would lead by as many as 33 points.

Lawrence returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Beloit College.

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