Jon Mays poured in a career-high 38 points, and the Lawrence University men’s basketball team rolled to an 85-65 Midwest Conference victory over Carroll University at Alexander Gymnasium on Saturday.
Mays went 12-for-16 from the floor, including 5-for-6 from 3-point range, to pace the Vikings (9-8, 8-4 MWC). Mays also had eight rebounds and no turnovers in 37 minutes. Mays topped his career high of 27 points, which he set at Monmouth College on Jan. 15.
Tyler Crisman added 13 points for the Vikings, and Chris Siebert had 10 points and a game-high eight assists. Erik Borresen pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds to go with nine points.
Kevin Hurd paced Carroll (9-7, 7-4) with 11 points and Andrew Rumler added 10.
Lawrence led by as many as 12 points late in the first half, but Jake Bast’s jumper completed a quick 6-0 run to cut that lead to 35-29 with a minute left before the break. The Vikings finished the half with a thunderous dunk by Conor Klusendorf to take a 40-31 lead at the half.
The Pioneers kept within striking distance, and Lawrence led 63-53 with eight minutes left. Siebert then completed a three-point play and Mays capped a 7-1 outburst with a 3-pointer to put the Vikings up 70-54 with 6:45 left.
Dan Kratz answered with a 3-pointer for Carroll, but Lawrence stretched the lead to 19 points when Mays hit a 3-pointer with 3:43 left to put the game out of reach.
The Vikings would lead by as many as 24 points down the stretch.
Lawrence returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to Ripon College.