Monmouth, IL -- The Beloit College Men's Basketball team couldn't back up a good first half in the second 20 minutes and fell at Monmouth College 72-55 on Thursday night.
It was a back and forth game through the first 13 minutes, with the Buccaneers trailing 19-18 at the 7:10 mark before getting some separation with a three-minute 9-2 run to take a 27-21 advantage. Monmouth rebounded down the stretch but Beloit still held a 29-26 lead heading to the lockerroom.
The first six minutes of the second half returned to a back and forth affair before the Fighting Scots broke away from a 38-all tie with a 13-5 run to lead 51-43 at the midway point. The Bucs were within 56-51 with 6:34 remaining before MC closed the game on an 11-4 run to put the game away.
Beloit shot 41.9% for the game (18-43), including just 36.8% (7-19) in the second half while the Scots heated up considerably in the second half at 72.7% (16-22) after shooting just 37.5% in the opening half. The Bucs were also out-rebounded 34-24 and hit three three-pointers (two by Mike Gulve) to Monmouth's six, all of them in the second half.
Steve McAfee led the Buccaneers with 19 points while grabbing nine rebounds. Alex Hade added 13 points and Rudy Bentley had five assists.
The Bucs complete a busy week Saturday when they host Illinois College in Flood Arena at 5:00 p.m.