The Lawrence University Men’s Basketball team (10-10, 7-6 MWC) earned two important wins last weekend, defeating Illinois College and Knox College in a pair of come-from-behind wins to move into a tie for fourth place in the conference. In Friday’s game, Illinois College (9-10, 5-7 MWC) hit six 3-pointers early to build a 19-7 lead, but Lawrence fought back to close the score at the first half at 35-30 in favor of the Blue Boys. Three minutes into the second half, the Blue Boys were holding onto a 39-36 lead, but the Vikings launched a 21-0 run in the second half to give Lawrence a 57-39 lead. During the seven-minute run, senior John Dekker made three successive 3-pointers and junior Erik Borresen scored six points. Dekker led the Vikings with 21 points and five assists, and Tyler Crisman contributed 15 points. Borresen – in what has become a rare event – was held shy of a double-double, adding 10 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks. After the Blue Boys’ initial lead, the Vikings held them to a mere 2-for-17 shooting from beyond the arc for the rest of the game. Lawrence shot 61.3 percent in the second half and 54.2 percent for the game. Following their victory against Illinois College, the Vikings had to fight for a 75-67 win over conference bottom-feeder Knox (2-17, 2-10 MWC) on Saturday afternoon. Lawrence took an early 16-2 lead in the first half, but Knox retaliated by making eight 3-pointers to take a 39-37 lead. A Jon Mays layup with 45 seconds to go left the score tied at 39-39 at the half. Knox jumped out to a quick four-point lead in the second half, but the Vikings’ comeback would be much less dramatic than in the previous game. With less than 12 minutes left, Lawrence took a 48-47 lead with a layup by Borresen and held the lead for the rest of the game. For the second game in a row, Dekker led the Vikings, notching 23 points and 11 rebounds. Borresen had 16 points and nine rebounds, and Crisman added 14 points and five assists. Dustin Lee had five assists and capped a 13-6 run in the game with back-to-back 3-pointers. The Vikings travel to first-place St. Norbert College next Saturday to continue their push towards the conference tournament. With three games left in the regular season, Lawrence stands tied with Carroll University (12-8, 7-6 MWC) for the fourth and final spot in the conference tournament, though the Pioneers hold the tiebreaker with a better overall record.