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Buccaneers Score First Win of Season with Clutch Free Throws Down the Stretch

December 3, 2010 at 9:59 pm
David Bremner

Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Men's Basketball team knew they could just as easily have been 3-0 instead of 0-3 heading into Friday night's Midwest Conference game with Monmouth College at Flood Arena.  They proved why they feel that way with a hard-fought 71-58 decision for their first win of the 2010-11 season.

Led by a career-high 25-point effort from David Bremner and some clutch free throw shooting in the final three-plus minutes they evened their MWC record at 1-1.

The game was tight throughout the opening half until Beloit got a four-point halftime lead on Bremner's three-pointer 45 seconds before the break.  The halftime score was 30-26, Bucs.

MC came fighting back in the second half and took a one-point lead at 37-36 six minutes in.  But the Buccaneers put together a quick 6-0 run to take the lead for good over the next two minutes.  

The Fighting Scots pulled back with three at 55-52 with 3:57 remaining but Beloit hit ten straight free throws in those final minutes to expand the lead and head for the win.

Joining Bremner in double figures were Michael Horton with 12 and Patrick Kenny and James Lazarcik both with ten.  Lazarcik also had a game-high nine rebounds to just miss a double-double while Bremner and Kenny each added eight boards to lead the Bucs to a 42-25 rebound advantage.

The Buccaneers look to keep the momentum going on Saturday afternoon when they host Illinois College.  Tipoff is at 4:00 p.m.