Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Men's Basketball team felt plenty of heartbreak in the final seconds of their 65-64 loss to Carroll University in Flood Arena on Tuesday night.
The Pioneers hit a short jumper with six seconds left to put them up by one and then Ahmad Shamsid-Deen's late 12-footer from the left of the lane was missed and rebounded by James Lazarcik. But Lazarcik's putback was disallowed at the buzzer (it did go in) for a crushing loss.
The first half was tight and physical for the entire 20 minutes. Carroll took the lead five minutes into the game and never gave it up, though they couldn't get it above four points. There were three ties in the half that saw the Pioneers lead 24-21 at the break.
The teams traded runs in the second half to keep things close. CU came out of the lockerroom on a 13-6 run to push their lead to ten three minutes in before Beloit answered with a 10-3 run to get back within 40-37 with 13:42 left. Carroll answered than run with an 8-2 spurt over three-plus minutes for a 48-39 lead midway through. The Bucs still trailed 52-44 with 7:55 remaining before a 16-8, four-minute run pulled them into a 60-all tie with just over three minutes left, setting up the exciting final minutes.
Beloit took it's first lead since early in the opening half on Lazarcik's jumper at 1:52, which made it 64-62. CU hit a free throw with 22 seconds left to pull within one and set up the frantic final seconds.
Senior Grant Henricksen, the only senior on the Beloit squad, played his final home game for the Bucs. He finished with one point, five rebounds and three assists.
Steve McAfee, Jr. led Beloit with 25 points, 18 in the second half, while Lazarcik had 20 points and 13 rebounds. Shamsid-Deen finished with nine points.
The Buccaneers close out the regular season on Saturday afternoon at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Tipoff is set for 3:00 p.m.