Vikings hit from long range to bury Knox

Posted on: January 25th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University men’s basketball team hit 15 3-pointers on Saturday on its way to an 88-73 Midwest Conference victory over Knox College at Alexander Gymnasium.

Lawrence (7-8, 5-5 MWC) went 15-for-30 from beyond the arc and shot 53.7 percent from the field for the game.

Chris Siebert scored a team-high 22 points for the Vikings and was 6-for-11 from 3-point range. Ryan DePouw added 21 points, hit a pair of 3-pointers, and collected a team-best five rebounds. Jamie Nikitas added 16 points and hit 4-of-8 shots from beyond the arc. He also had five assists and four rebounds.

David Jones hit 11-of-13 shots from the floor on his way to a game-high 28 points for Knox (1-14, 0-10). He also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.

Lawrence built a 23-13 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game, and the Vikings hit six 3-pointers in their first eight baskets. DePouw also had a conventional three-point play in that stretch. Tom Antosz capped the opening stretch with a layup to give the Vikings the 10-point edge with 10:30 left in the opening half.

Knox battled back and trimmed the lead to 38-37 on Eric Miller’s 3-pointer with 46 seconds left in the half. Troy Miller then buried a 3-pointer for Lawrence to give the Vikings a 41-37 lead at the break.

The Vikings then opened the second half with a 20-6 scoring run to take command of the game. DePouw and Nikitas both had five points in that stretch, and Siebert capped the outburst with, what else, a 3-pointer to give Lawrence a 61-43 lead with 13:29 remaining.

Knox trimmed the lead to 11 points on a pair of occasions but got no closer. Lawrence stretched the lead to as many as 19 points as the Vikings beat Knox for the fifth consecutive time and 21st time in the last 24 games.

Lawrence returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to Carroll University.

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