The men’s basketball team had an up-and-down weekend at Alexander Gymnasium, winning one close game and losing another. Last Saturday, the Vikings faced off against Monmouth College in what would prove to be a tight game. Point guard Jamie DeMatthew was sidelined for the game with an ankle injury, so Tyler Crisman stepped in to start. The first half was back-andforth, with the two teams trading narrow leads. The Vikings’ defense kept them in the lead at halftime, as the Fighting Scots were held under 30 points in the first half. Tyler Cullitan picked up a total of nine rebounds, while Erik Borresen led with a team-high 10 over the course of the game. Drew Shaw also had a notably strong defensive game, diving after numerous loose balls and energizing his team. While it was not the best of first halves for the Vikings, they held a 32-29 lead at the break. After halftime, both teams picked up the tempo and Dekker found his rhythm, scoring 20 of his 28 points in the second half. With 10 minutes remaining, sophomore Crisman had an emphatic layup, securing a onepoint lead, and the Vikings did not look back from there, stringing together a 13-4 run. A tired Monmouth team began fouling, and Lawrence took full advantage of the Scots’ fatigue, hitting 19 of 26 free throws. The final score was 73-62 in favor of Lawrence. The next afternoon, the Vikings fell to Lake Forest in a tough overtime loss. The Vikings started slowly, missing numerous scoring opportunities and wilting under the heavy defensive pressure from the Foresters. Dustin Lee was sent to the bench after picking up two fouls in the first 90 seconds, which brought on Jon Mays. Mays put in a strong effort off the bench, picking up nine points in 26 minutes of play. Freshman Conor Klusendorf came on and provided an immediate jolt to the Vikings. After Crisman snagged a defensive rebound and Klusendorf broke towards the offensive basket, Crisman fed in a good pass to the freshman forward. Klusendorf took two dribbles, then finished with a long layup. On the next play, Klusendorf stole the ball from the Foresters’ Chris Roets in front of the Lake Forest bench. Klusendorf’s steal would result in two points for the Vikings after an Erik Borresen layup found the net. Yui Ueno was soon subbed in for Crisman and in the next five minutes, he went 3-3 from the three-point line. Lawrence trailed by one at the half, but the game’s result was far from certain. Lawrence came out of the lock-er room with more than enough energy to get them back into the lead. However, Travis Clark of Lake Forest would be a force to be reckoned with, scoring 23 points and grabbing 11 rebounds to cause the Vikings numerous problems in the paint. Mays scored on a driving layup to give the Vikings a 55-53 lead with 41 seconds left. However, the Foresters would tie it with eight seconds left. Just before time expired, Dekker missed a short, hotly contested jumper, sending the game into overtime. The difference in overtime would be free throw shooting, with the Foresters’ careful effort at the charity stripe leaving them in the lead at the end of the game. The Vikings, down by one point with almost three minutes remaining, missed a series of long shots, but a series of steals and offensive rebounds kept the Lawrence squad in the game. With just two seconds to go and his team still down by one, Mays committed an incidental foul, sending Lake Forest’s Travis Clark to the line for two shots. Clark made both shots, securing a 60-57 overtime victory for Lake Forest (5-8, 3-3 MWC.) Erik Borresen picked up a double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds, while Dekker added 13 points. Mays and Ueno also contributed with nine points each. After a game with Carroll University last Tuesday, Lawrence (6-6, 3-2 MWC) will travel to struggling Grinnell College (2-10, 1-5 MWC) for a game Friday night.