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Bucs Fall in Shootout at Grinnell

January 5, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Grinnell, IA -- The Beloit College Men's Basketball team had by far it's biggest offensive output of the season but it wasn't enough as they fell at Grinnell College 98-93 on Wednesday night.

Grinnell took control of the game with a 23-6, five-minute run in the opening half that turned a 23-all tie into a 46-29 Pioneer lead with 6:26 left before halftime.  Beloit got the deficit back down to nine, the last time at 52-43 with 3:33 remaining.  GC led 63-51 at the break.

The Buccaneers could get no closer than 12 early in the second half before finally getting the deficit down to ten at 75-65 at the 14:20 mark.  But a 9-2 Grinnell run over the next two-plus minutes put them back up by 17 at 84-67.

Beloit kept chopping into the lead, getting within six with 4:44 left at 93-87.  They pulled to within three with 40 seconds remaining on a Michael Horton basket but GC hit free throws in the final seconds to seal the win.

Travis Towns led the Bucs with 25 points, 20 in the first half, and also pulled down 11 rebounds.  Towns is averaging 27.7 ppg in the last three meetings with the Pioneers.

Joe Poshepny hit for a career-high 20 while David Bremner added 15 before fouling out late in the game and James Lazarcik 11.

The Buccaneers look to snap their three-game slide on Saturday afternoon at Lawrence University in Appleton.  Tipoff is at 4:00 p.m.