Waukesha, WI -- In a battle worthy of two first place squads, the Beloit College Men's Basketball team narrowly fell at Carroll University on Wednesday night 74-72 in a Midwest Conference game.
Carroll started fast and led 22-8 less than eight minutes into the game. But the Buccaneers regrouped and went on an extended 17-4 run to pull within 26-25 with 5:44 left in the half. CU led 33-28 at the break.
Beloit completed its turnaround in the first three minutes of the second half, coming out of the lockerroom on a 9-2 run to take a 37-35 lead. They extended their lead to as large as eight, at 46-38, and still led 60-55 with 6:50 remaining. The Pioneers came back and tied it up at 62-62 with 5:29 left. The teams traded the lead several times in the final five minutes. Tied at 72-all with 28 seconds left, Carroll hit a pair of free throws to go up. The Bucs had two shots in the final eight seconds, missing a pair of three-pointers, trhe last with one second on the clock, but couldn't get the game-winner.
The Buccaneers shot 50.9% for the game, 58.1% in the second half. James Lazarcik had his third straight double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Steve McAfee Jr. had 20 points and Tyler Butke 12.
Beloit is back at Flood Arena on Saturday when they host Cornell College in a 5:00 p.m. tipoff.