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Bucs Take Control in Final Five Minutes for First MWC Win

December 1, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Steve McAfee

Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Men's Basketball team finally grabbed control of their Midwest Conference game against Monmouth College in the final five minutes and the result was a 78-64 victory on Saturday in Flood Arena.

The game was close throughout the opening half with five ties and the largest lead belonging to Beloit at 32-26 with 5:10 left.  The Bucs led 36-32 at the break.

The tight play was still evident in the second half.  The Buccaneers held the lead but couldn't shake the Fighting Scots.  The final 5:25 proved the difference as Beloit closed the game on a 15-6 run, fueled by eight points from Steve McAfee.

McAfee finished with a career-high 24 points while Tyler Butke added 19.  James Lazarcik had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds as Beloit won for the fifth straight time in the series.  

The Buccaneers also got their shooting eye back, hitting 55.8% of their shots from the field, their third straight home game shooting 55% or better.

Beloit heads back on the road Tuesday night at Ripon College.  Game time is at 7:00 p.m.