MONMOUTH, Ill. — Jon Mays poured in a career-high 27 points, and the Lawrence University men’s basketball team topped Monmouth College 75-67 in a Midwest Conference game Saturday at Glennie Gymnasium.
Mays was 12-for-19 from the floor, including 3-for-7 from 3-point range, to pace the Vikings (7-6, 6-2 MWC). Chris Siebert added 17 points, seven rebounds and a game-high seven assists.
Tyler Crisman¬†chipped in with¬†13 points and six assists for the Vikings.¬†Lawrence’s Erik Borresen pulled down 18 rebounds, matching the career high he set¬†Friday night at Grinnell College.
Corey Gruber led Monmouth (3-10, 2-7) with 18 points, and Bryce Donaldson added 17 points.
Lawrence led by as many as eight points early in the first half, but Monmouth rallied to take a three-point lead at one point. Lawrence closed the first half with five consecutive points, including a 3-pointer from Siebert with five seconds left, to take a 43-38 lead at the break.
It was a tight second half and Monmouth grabbed its final lead of the game at 66-63 on back-to-back baskets from Gruber and Michael DeDecker with¬†6:19 remaining.
Lawrence then scored the game’s next 10 points with Siebert leading the way.
Siebert answered with a layup to cut the lead to 66-65, and then he buried a 3-pointer with 5:06 left that gave Lawrence the lead for good at 68-66. After a missed 3-pointer by DeDecker and Gruber, Brian Gryskiewicz scored on a layup to give Lawrence a 70-66 lead with 4:00 left.
A Monmouth turnover and another missed 3-pointer was followed by Crisman’s layup that gave the Vikings a 72-66 edge. After three consecutive missed jumpers, the Scots were forced to foul.
The Vikings then hit three free throws, including two by Siebert,¬†in the final 40 seconds to seal the win.