The Lawrence men’s basketball team lost by one point at Grinnell College last Friday and took out its frustration on Monmouth College in a blowout win the next day. Grinnell (4-11, 3-6 MWC) looked to be a beatable opponent for the visiting Vikings (7-9, 4-5 MWC), but the Pioneers’ trademark up-tempo offense came out strong and the home team led 44-26 with six minutes left in the first half. The difference in styles was evident from the start, as Grinnell used 17 different players and launched 50 shots from beyond the arc. The Vikings, on the other hand, played eight-deep and did not attempt a single three-pointer in the game. Grinnell’s reliance on the long ball would come back to bite the Pioneers, as the Lawrence team would cut their lead to two points before going into the locker room down by four. The second half was just as wild as the first, with a total of 39 turnovers committed by the two teams. Behind the 21 points – all on three-point shooting – of freshman guard Dylan Seeley, Grinnell held on to a narrow lead for the entire half. With just three minutes to play, the Vikings were down six points and in need of a strong finish against the rested, active Pioneers. Senior John Dekker, who notched an assist, a steal, a layup and a rebound in the next 90 seconds, led that finish. However, the Grinnell defense continued to press, and the Vikings trailed by two points when Erik Borresen stepped to the free-throw line for two shots with less than a minute remaining. Borresen missed one of his foul shots, leaving the Vikings still behind, but redeemed himself by ripping down a rebound to give the Vikings the ball, down by one, with 15 seconds left. Unfortunately, Lawrence was unable to convert on their set play, and Grinnell won 90-89 in the Vikings’ highest-scoring loss of the year. Dekker led all scorers with 26 points and junior Jon Mays trailed only Dekker with 22, while Borresen added a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Fresh off of their loss to Grinnell and looking to split the weekend series, the Vikings traveled to Monmouth College to face the Fighting Scots (3-6, 4-12 MWC) the next day. The Lawrence team jumped out to a quick lead, leading by seven at the half behind 53.8-percent shooting, both overall and from long distance. Monmouth came out strong in the second half, taking the lead with 14 minutes remaining. Just four minutes later and with his team up 59-57, Mays hit a jumper, sending the Vikings on a 13-1 run from which the Fighting Scots would not recover. The Scots fell apart in the final three minutes of the game, notching six fouls, six missed shots, and two turnovers in that period while only scoring two points. The final nail in the coffin was the ejection of Monmouth coach Mark Vershaw for his second technical foul with 27 seconds left in the game. By the time the dust cleared, the Vikings had won 89-65 on the road behind extremely balanced scoring. Five Lawrence players – Borresen, senior guard Dustin Lee, Dekker, Mays, and senior Tyler Cullitan – all finished the game in double-digits, and every Viking that saw at least five minutes of court time scored. With the loss to Grinnell avenged, the Vikings returned home, where the team will host Carroll University Friday afternoon.