Jacksonville, IL -- Steve McAfee scored a career milestone and the Beloit College Men's Basketball team won their second straight game with a 79-70 victory over Illinois College on Wednesday night.
McAfee's jumper with 2:06 left in the game gave him 23 points and nudged him over the 1,000-career point line, making him just the 21st player in Beloit Men's Basketball history to hit the mark. He finished with 25 points for the game and has 1,003 for his career, good for 19th on the list.
The Buccaneers took control of the game in the first half, breaking away from a 16-all tie seven minutes in with a nine-minute 17-3 run that gave them a 33-19 advantage at the 4:14 mark. Beloit led 39-32 at the break.
The Bucs came out of the lockerroom on an 18-4 run that pushed their lead to 57-36 less than five minutes into the second half. The Blueboys chipped away and were within 65-56 with 6:18 remaining but the Buccaneers got the lead back up to 15 at 73-58 with just under three minutes left and coasted in for the win.
Beloit shot 52.5% (32-61) for the game, including 54.8% (17-31) in the second half, while also controlling the boards with a 38-26 edge.
In addition to McAfee's 25 points, and 10 rebounds, Rudy Bentley scored 14 with six rebounds and seven assists. Sean Fancsali and Mike Gulve both added 11 points, with Gulve joining McAfee with three three-pointers.
The Buccaneers now begin a three-game homestand, opening against ninth-ranked and Midwest Conference-leading St. Norbert College on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.