Last week the Lawrence University men’s basketball team played two conference games against St. Norbert’s College, Jan. 25, and Carroll University, Jan. 28, going 1-1.
On Wednesday night, playing in De Pere, Wis. against St. Norbert, Lawrence trailed by a double-digit lead going into the break. However, just six minutes into the second half, Lawrence chipped the lead down to six after Davis DeWolfe hit a big three-pointer.
Unfortunately, it did not get any closer than that as the Green Knights went on a 15-0 scoring run, leaving the score at 56-35 with less than ten minutes remaining. Lawrence kept things interesting as they responded with their own run that brought them back within eight points with about five minutes to play. The scoring evened out from there, and St. Norbert completed the win with a final score of 74-65.
Although Lawrence couldn’t pull off a victory, the team played well. Four players were close to finishing the game with double-doubles, although DeWolfe was the only player to actually do so (13 points, 10 rebounds). Both Conor Klusendorf (13 points, 8 rebounds) and Chris Siebert (10 points, 7 rebounds) came close with strong performances of their own. Tyler Crisman led Lawrence in overall scoring with 17 points.
Looking to rebound against Carroll last Saturday, the team once again found themselves trailing by double digits at half at Van Male Field House in Waukesha, Wis. Lawrence came out of the gates from half time with all pistons firing, opening with a 15-4 scoring run, led by Siebert with seven points. This allowed Lawrence to take a lead of 53-52.
The team kept pushing and at one point amassed a 13-point lead. However, with only 57 seconds left in the game Carroll scratched their way back into it with the score at 91-84. Lawrence did manage to stunt the comeback by making their shots from the free throw line, leading to a 98-88 win.
Siebert finished the game with 18 points, followed by Max Burgess with 15. DeWolfe finished with his second double-double in as many games with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
On the heels of two consecutive road games, the men’s basketball team returned to Appleton to face Ripon College at Alexander Gymnasium on Tuesday, Jan. 31, and won 85-81.