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Bucs Hold On for "Gut-Check" Win over Carroll

January 28, 2015

Buccaneer Men's Basketball, Relief, 1-27-15Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Men's Basketball team has dropped three games this season on last possession shots by their opponents.  Tuesday night's physical battle with Carroll University, one of those last-possession winners, looked to be heading in the same direction.

But the Buccaneers came up with several key plays in the final minute and were rewarded with a 54-51 win in Flood Arena.

In a tightly contested first half, Carroll seemingly took control with a 14-5 run that gave them a 22-13 lead with 5:33 left.  But the Bucs closed the half with a 9-3 run to trail 26-22 at the break.

The second half was even tighter, with five ties and the largest lead six points by the Pioneers at the 14:07 mark.  After Beloit rallied with an 18-7 run that put them up five at the 7:42 mark, CU came back and the game went back and forth in the final three minutes.  The Bucs took the lead for good with 28 seconds remaining on a layin by Alex Hade and then got a big steal by Seth Sanderson, a key offensive rebound by Steve McAfee, and a pair of McAfee free throws all in the final five seconds to secure the victory.  Carroll's last-second three-pointer was short.

Beloit shot 52.6% (20-38) for the game, including 57.9% in the second half.  They also hit six three-pointers and had the edge in rebounds 25-22.  Carroll shot 40% (16-40) for the game.

McAfee led the way with 16 points and grabbed a game-high seven rebounds while Rudy Bentley had 10 points and five assists.  Jacob Manthe added a career-high nine points.

The Buccaneers have some time to relish the win before getting back to work.  Their next game is at Illinois College next Wednesday, with tipoff at 7:30 p.m.