JACKSONVILLE, Ill. – A cold-shooting Lawrence University men’s basketball team fell 79-60 at Illinois College in a Midwest Conference game on Saturday.

Lawrence hit on only 23 of 57 shots from the floor, including 6 of 24 from 3-point range. Illinois College shot a solid 47.5 percent from the field, including 45.8 percent (11-24) from beyond the arc.

Nathan Kohler did most of the damage for Illinois College (13-6, 9-5 MWC) by scoring 31 points. He was 12-for-17 from the field, including 7-for-9 from 3-point range.

Tyler Crisman and Erik Borresen scored 15 points apiece for Lawrence (10-10, 9-6). Jon Mays added 10 points for the Vikings.

The Blueboys built a 10-point lead at 21-11 midway through the first half and led 37-29 at the break.

Lawrence came out strong in the second half, cutting the lead to four points on two occasions, the final time at 47-43 on Borresen’s three-point play with 15:29 left.

Kohler then scored the game’s next eight points, which included a pair of 3-pointers, to give Illinois College a 55-43 lead with 14:09 left.

Lawrence never got closer than 11 points after that, and Illinois College would lead by as many as 21 points.

Lawrence returns to action on Feb. 12 when it travels to Beloit College.

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