The Lawrence University men’s basketball team hung on for an 89-86 double-overtime win over Knox College Friday night in a Midwest Conference game at Alexander Gymnasium.
Tyler Crisman hit seven 3-pointers, one shy of the school record, and finished with a career-high 25 points to pace Lawrence (8-6, 7-2 MWC). Erik Borresen added 24 points and a game-high 15 rebounds for the Vikings.
Tanner Carlson paced Knox (1-14, 0-10) with a triple-double of 11 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. David Jones scored a team-high 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Prairie Fire.
Knox led by as many as nine points in the second half before the Vikings rallied. Lawrence trailed 55-46 before the Vikings went on a 15-2 run to take a 61-57 lead with 5:48 left. Chris Siebert scored five points in that run and Jon Mays added four.
The teams then traded the lead six times in the final 4:48. Crisman hit a 3-pointer with 47 seconds left to give Lawrence a 72-71 lead. He added a pair of free throws with 27 seconds left to put the Vikings up 74-71.
Carlson then hit a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left to tie it and force overtime.
Knox quickly jumped out to an 80-75 lead in the first overtime before back-to-back layups from Siebert and Conor Klusendorf trimmed the lead to 80-79. After a layup from Matt Goedeke, Siebert threw down a dunk to cut the lead to 82-81 with 55 seconds left.
Jones missed a jumper for Knox, and Siebert was fouled with seven seconds left. He hit one free throw to tie the game at 82-82, and Goedeke missed a layup at the buzzer to force a second overtime.
The game was tied at 86-86 when Borresen scored and was fouled with 1:31 left. He converted the conventional three-point play to give Lawrence an 89-86 lead.
Freshman Brian Gryszkiewicz then stole the ball from Ian Horvath with 59 seconds left. The Vikings turned it over to give Knox another shot to tie the game, but Joe Kozak missed a 3-pointer with seven seconds left. Horvath grabbed the rebound for Knox, but the Prairie Fire didn’t get another shot off before the buzzer.
Lawrence returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Grinnell College.