GRINNELL, Iowa — The Grinnell College men’s basketball team pulled away midway through the second half and went on to a 90-74 Midwest Conference victory over Lawrence University on Saturday at Darby Gymnasium.
The Pioneers (10-3, 7-2 MWC) scored five consecutive points¬†midway through the second half to grab a double-digit lead, and Lawrence (6-7, 4-4) was never able to get closer than 10 points¬†after that.
Griffin Lentsch led Grinnell with 15 points, and Patrick Maher added 14.
Conor Klusendorf, Ryan DePouw and Chris Siebert had 18 points apiece for the Vikings. Klusendorf hit 9 of 10 shots from the floor, but the Vikings shot only 53.1 percent from the floor against Grinnell’s pressure defense.
It was DePouw’s layup that cut Grinnell’s lead to 67-59 with 10:28 remaining in the game. Lentsch countered with a 3-pointer for Grinnell and Garrett Nitz hit a pair of free throws to push the Grinnell lead to 72-59 with 8:32 remaining.
Lawrence got the deficit back to 74-64 on Davis DeWolfe’s layup with 6:58 left, but Grinnell then went on a 14-4 run to seal the victory.recap