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Bucs Fall in Season Opener at Wheaton

November 18, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Wheaton, IL -- The Beloit College Men's Basketball team dropped their season opener at Wheaton College on Friday night, falling 81-44.

The Thunder jumped out quickly in the game, racing to a 14-2 lead six minutes in.  Beloit cut it back to 17-11 at the 9:28 mark with a 9-3 run but Wheaton countered with a 15-5 run to lead 32-16 with 5:54 left in the half.

WC led 40-22 with three minutes left and closed the half on a 7-2 run to lead 47-24 at the break.

Wheaton pushed the lead to 28 at the 16:36 mark of the second half before Beloit cut it back to 58-34 at 11:46.  That's as close as they would get.

The Thunder's largest lead was 39 at 74-35 with 3:21 left.

Michael Horton led the Buccaneers with ten points.  Tyler Butke added nine.

The Bucs will play Buena Vista University, a 75-71 loser to Wilmington College in the first semifinal, in the Consolation Game at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.