Milwaukee, WI -- The Beloit College Men's Basketball team dug a big hole with poor shooting and climbed back out, only to go cold again at the end of a 55-49 loss at Wisconsin Lutheran College on Thursday night.
The Warriors raced out to an 11-1 lead less than five minutes in as the Bucs missed their first eight shots from the field. WLC built the lead up as high 17 at 26-9 before settling for a 31-15 halftime advantage. Beloit shot 25% in the half (7-28) while Wisconsin Lutheran was at 43%, including five three-pointers.
Beloit got off to a good start to open the second half, scoring the first eight points to pull back within 31-23 three-plus minutes in. They continued the run and finally pulled even at 35-all at the 11:14 mark on a Tyler Butke jumper. Butke gave the Bucs their first lead of the game two minutes later with another jumper to complete a 22-4 run.
The game went back and forth from that point on. WLC took the lead for good with 2:58 left at 45-44. Beloit trailed 51-49 with 24 seconds left and the ball before a misfire on a three-pointer. The Warriors then hit four free throws in the last eight seconds to hold on.
Beloit finished at 34.5% from the field, including 3-18 from three-point. Butke led the way with 23 points and nine rebounds while Steve McAfee had 12 points.
The Buccaneers have a few days off before opening their home season and Midwest Conference play on Tuesday night in Flood Arena, hosting Ripon College. Tipoff is at 5:30 p.m.