The Beloit College men’s basketball notched a complete game win in a 79-59 rout of Cornell College in the Midwest Conference opener Friday night in Beloit.
The Buccaneers shot well, outrebounded the Rams, and limited turnovers in the game.
Beloit’s offense caught fire midway through the first half. With the score 15-13 in favor of the Rams, Mylan Walters opened a huge run with a layup at the 11:06 mark. Tristan Shoup followed with a jumper, then Logan Maulick hit a three, then another three, and five minutes later another three. Maulick’s three from downtown in just over five minutes bolstered the Bucs’ 17-4 run as they took a 32-17 lead with 4:36 remaining in the half.
A Ram layup with 3:42 left made it a 13-point game but couldn’t dampen the momentum. The Bucs wrapped up a stellar half on an 8-2 run as Dan Babb and Darin Empereur got in on the long range action to give Beloit a 40-21 lead at the half.
Beloit outscored the Rams 22-10 in the paint and 18-6 from beyond the arc in the first half. The offense knocked down 50-percent of their attempts while the defense held Cornell to just 7-of-21 from the floor.
The Bucs’ lead never dropped under double figures the rest of the way with the largest of 24 registered with 2:46 remaining after two Andrew Walters free throws made it 76-52.
For the game, Beloit was 31-of-66 from the floor (47%) compared to Cornell’s 19-of-51 (37%). The Bucs outrebounded the Rams 40-31 and posted fewer turnovers, just seven, while Cornell tallied 15 in the game.
Shoup led all players with 22 points added seven rebounds and three assists. Walters was the most active on the glass with a game-high nine boards adding 12 points and three steals. Matthew Miller tallied 11 points, two steals and a block.
The Bucs return to Flood Arena Saturday to host Monmouth College.