FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Lawrence University men’s basketball team gave No. 12 UW-Whitewater¬†all it could handle for 30-plus minutes Friday night before the Warhawks finally pulled away for a 73-56 nonconference victory at the Cruzin Classic.
Whitewater (7-2)¬†used a balanced attack to pick up the win,¬†and the Warhawks had four¬†players score in double figures. Eric Bryson paced the Warhawks with 16 points, Quardell Young had 15 and KJ Evans added 14.
Ryan DePouw led Lawrence (5-4) and all scorers with 17 points. Jamie Nikitas and Chris Siebert both¬†added 14 points, and Nikitas had a game-high eight rebounds, four assists and two steals.
The teams traded the lead throughout the first half, and Lawrence trailed 32-31 after a DePouw 3-pointer with 3:15 left in the first half. The Warhawks then scored the final eight points of the first half to lead 40-32 at the break.
Whitewater’s lead hovered between five and 12 points through the first 10 minutes of the second half. The Warhawks were up 58-46 when the Vikings got back-to-back layups from Nikitas and Tyler Mazur to¬†cut¬†the¬†margin to eight.
Whitewater countered with¬†a layup from¬†Young and a 3-pointer from Bryson to finally take control for good with 6:20 left. Lawrence didn’t get closer than 11 points the rest of the way.
The Vikings now take a break for the holidays and do not return to action¬†until they travel to St. Norbert College on¬†Jan. 4.¬†recap