Lake Forest, IL -- The Beloit College Men's Basketball team fought the entire half to get themselves back even at Lake Forest College on Wednesday night. But in the end a last-second shot gave the Foresters a 63-61 win.
The first half remained close through the first 13 minutes until LFC spurted away from a 22-21 deficit to close the last 6:39 on an 11-4 run, heading to the lockerroom with a 32-26 advantage.
Except for a layup by Alex Hade at the 13:57 mark of the second half the Foresters led the entire final 20 minutes. Their biggest advantage was six points at 44-38 with 9:47 left and they still led 58-54 with 1:35 remaining and 61-58 at the 31-second mark. But Steve McAfee's layin and free throw on an old-fashioned three-point play tied it at 61 with 16 seconds left.
After a missed Lake Forest shot and offensive rebound with three seconds left the ball got loose and was grabbed and lofted toward to basket for the game-winning basket with just one second remaining. Following a time out a full court pass by Beloit was knocked away to seal the win.
After a 37.5% first half shooting performance the Bucs heated up in the second half to the tune of 55% (11-20) while also hitting three three-pointers. Beloit shot 44.2% for the game while LFC finished at 43.8%.
Rudy Bentley led Beloit with 17 points, 11 in the first half, and added seven assists. McAfee had 15 points and Mike Gulve nine on three treys. Sean Fancsali had a team-high seven rebounds.
The Buccaneers look to turn things around on Saturday when they host Knox College in Flood Arena. Tip is at 5:00 p.m.