Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Men's Basketball team has had a handful of tough, late losses this season. Add Tuesday night's 69-65 setback to Lawrence University to the list.
Beloit had erased nearly all of a 10-point second half deficit only to come up achingly short again.
The Vikings seemingly took charge midway through the first half, breaking away from a 16-all tie with an eight-minute 20-8 run to open a 12-point advantage at 36-24. They maintained that double-digit lead for the final five minutes of the half, heading to the lockerroom up 43-33.
Lawrence still led 52-42 seven minutes into the second half before the Buccaneers got things going, putting together a 21-10 run over nine minutes to pull back within 65-63 with four-plus minutes remaining. The LU lead was 67-65 with 25 seconds remaining but a turnover by the Bucs after a steal led to a pair of game-sealing free throws by the Vikings with 11 seconds left for the final score.
Both teams shot well from the field, with Lawrence finishing at 54%, including 64.3% (18-28) in the first half. Beloit shot 51% for the game, including 53.8% (14-26) in the opening half. The Bucs hot eight three-pointers to the Vikings' seven and LU won the rebound battle 30-22.
Andrew Bremner led the Buccaneers with a career-high 18 points, including a team-best six rebounds and four of Beloit's three-pointers, while Steve McAfee had 16 points and BJ Kiser a career-best tying 10 points.
Beloit finishes up a three-game homestand and their home season on Saturday when they host Monmouth College for Senior Day. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.