Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Men's Basketball team knew what they were facing in taking on Grinnell College on Saturday afternoon in Flood Arena. And they had just enough to hold on for the 99-96 win.
Coupled with their December 4 win in Grinnell, Beloit swept a two-game season series from the Pioneers for the first time since the 2004-05 season.
The Buccaneers started quick, scoring the first eight points of the game, before GC put together a 15-4 run to grab a 15-12 advantage five-plus minutes in.
A five-minute 17-7 burst by the Bucs gave them a 32-22 lead with 8:28 remaining before the half. But Grinnell responded with a 10-1 run to pull back within one at 33-32 at the 6:35 mark.
Beloit responded this time with an 18-9 run to go back up by ten late in the half. The Bucs led 53-44 at the break.
The Buccaneers grabbed their biggest lead of the game 25 seconds into the second half at 55-44 before the Pioneers put together a 24-12 run over the next eight minutes to take a 68-67 lead with 12:14 left.
The game stayed tight from that point, with GC's four-point 86-82 lead at 6:14 being the largest advantage for either team.
Tied at 96-all with less than 40 seconds remaining, David Bremner hit one free throw and Patrick Kenny two, the second one with four seconds left to put the Bucs up by the final score.
Grinnell banked in a three-pointer at the buzzer that would have forced overtime but the officials waived it off.
Beloit shot 74% for the game (37-50), the second-highest field goal percentage in a game in Flood Arena history. Grinnell's Dylan Seeman tied the second-best mark for three pointers made in The Flood with eight.
Travis Towns led Beloit with 26 points and also grabbed eight rebounds. Derek Carrier had 25 points while Bremner scored 19 points with six rebounds and five assists.
The Buccaneers now take their two-game winning streak on the road, playing at Carroll University on Wednesday night and Ripon College next Saturday afternoon.