LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Tyler Crisman scored 23 points to lead the Lawrence University men’s basketball team to a 49-45 Midwest Conference victory over Lake Forest College on Friday night.
The Vikings (10-9, 9-5 MWC) saw a big first-half lead evaporate, but Lake Forest missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer in the final minute.
Travis Clark posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds for Lake Forest (8-10, 6-7). Lawrence’s Jon Mays matched Clark with a game-high 10 rebounds.
Lawrence jumped out to a big early lead thanks to an 11-0 run, which was capped by Erik Borresen’s 3-pointer. That gave the Vikings a 14-2 edge with 13:50 left in the first half.
Lawrence would build that lead to as many as 19 points in the first half and led 29-12 at the half. Lawrence shot a respectable 12-for-27 (44.4 percent) in the first half against Lake Forest’s tough defense.
The Vikings went stone cold after the break and shot 6-for-22 (27.3 percent) from the floor in the final 20 minutes, and that allowed¬†the Foresters to rally.
Lake Forest¬†went on a 15-1¬†run to open the second¬†half and trimmed Lawrence’s¬†lead to 30-27 with 15:25 left. Lawrence regrouped after Mays hit a jumper and Crisman¬†buried a 3-pointer to push the lead back to eight points.
Lake Forest managed to cut the lead to two points on two¬†occasions, but the Vikings hung on.¬†Crisman made a pair of free throws with 2:55 left¬†to put the Vikings up 48-44.
A free throw from Clark cut the lead to 48-45 with 1:24 left, and an offensive foul on Crisman gave Lake Forest the ball back with 56 seconds left.
Lake Forest then missed a 3-pointer and another jumper¬†before Borresen grabbed the rebound. Chris Siebert was fouled with 17 seconds left and made one free throw to¬†seal the victory.
Lawrence returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Illinois College.