Redlands, CA -- The Beloit College Men's Basketball team came oh, so close to a sweep of their two California games, falling 62-61 on Monday at University of Redlands to complete their Holiday Break West Coast swing.
Redlands built up a 17-9 lead eight minutes in to the game before the Buccaneers used a 6-0 run to pull back within two. The Bulldogs countered that run with an 8-1 spurt that pushed their advantage to 25-16 at the 7:56 mark and still led 29-20 with 3:48 left. But Beloit closed the half on a 10-3 run to pull to within 32-30 at the break.
RU came out of the lockerroom on a 6-0 run to go up 38-30 in the first half-minute of the second half and then, after the Bucs pulled back within 38-34, had another 6-0 run to lead 44-34 with 17:06 left. Redlands still led 58-49 with 4:33 remaining before a 6-0 run by Beloit made it a 58-55 game with under a minute left in regulation.
Two free throws with less than 20 seconds left made it 62-58, Bulldogs, until James Lazarcik completed a layin and free throw with 14 seconds left. A steal off the press by the Bucs gave them a chance but a loose ball and a three-pointer off the rim by Chris Bremner at the buzzer ended the contest.
Steve McAfee led Beloit with 29 points, hitting 10-13 from the field, including 6-7 three-pointers (tied for fourth-most in a game in Beloit history). Lazarcik added 12 points and 18 rebounds, tying his career high, while Tyler Butke chipped in 10 points.
The Buccaneers are now off until January 8 when they get back into Midwest Conference play at St. Norbert College.