Monmouth stayed in command of the Midwest Conference lead Saturday with an 89-79 Senior Day win over Lawrence at Monmouth’s Glennie Gym.
Seniors Wesley Grant and Ned Kneller got their first career starts and scored the Scots’ first four points on the way to a 38-30 halftime lead. The Scots made over half their shots in the first half and continued to heat up the nets in the second half hitting 19 of 36 shots. A 10-3 run sparked by Justin Aluya’s bucket-and-one with 15:44 left in the second half helped push Monmouth’s lead to 16 at 53-37 with 14:49 remaining. Enjoying the double-digit lead, the Glennie Gym crowd erupted on Stephon Bobbitt’s put-back dunk and ensuing free throw at the 10:40 mark.
Led by Aluya’s 23 points and Will Jones’ 18, the Scots put five in double figures.
Monmouth hosts Illinois College Tuedya in a 5:30 p.m. matchup leading the MWC by one game with two games to play.
Senior Keri Dodson pumped in 21 points and added 10 rebounds on Senior Day at Glennie Gym as Monmouth held off a stubborn Lawrence squad 59-54.
Monmouth made 16 of 27 shots in the first half as Dodson connected for 17 points in the first 20 minutes, as Monmouth built a 39-21 halftime lead. The Scots never trailed, but had to fight off a fourth-quarter rally by the Vikings. Leading by17, 50-33 heading into the final 10 minutes, Monmouth saw their lead slip to eight at 52-44 with six minutes left. Lawrence trimmed it to three with a pair of free throws with three minutes left before Monmouth got back in the scoring column on an inside bucket by Dodson. Another basket in the lane by the senior upped Monmouth’s lead to seven at 56-49 before the Vikings drained a 3-pointer to make it a four-point game. A pair of free throws by Shayne Smith on her way to a 16-point afternoon and a free throw by Izy Todd iced the game.
The Scots conclude their home season Tuesday with a 7:30 contest against Illinois College.