Grinnell, IA -- The Beloit College Men's Basketball team knew no lead was enough against Grinnell College. And they were right. But the Buccaneers survived a late comeback bid by the Pioneers for a 118-115 win in Iowa Saturday.
The Bucs jumped out to a 15-point lead just under eight minutes into the game with a 20-8 run but saw GC cut that advantage down to 31-28 two minutes later with a 15-3 spurt. Beloit regained control and pushed their lead back out to double figures with six minutes left and headed to the lockerroom up 61-44.
Beloit pushed their lead as high as 20 in the second half and still led 106-91 with 4:38 remaining. The Pioneers put together a frantic 19-6 run over the next 3:08, a run which featured six three-pointers, and grabbed a 113-112 lead with 1:30 left. But Andrew Bremner scored five straight points and Rudy Bentley hit a free throw to keep the Bucs in front for the win.
The Buccaneers finished at 67.7% (42-62) for the game, including 70% (21-30) in the second half. They also made 32-41 free throws. GC shot 43.3% (39-90) for the game, 54.5% (24-44) in the second half, and were 23-61 (37.7%) from three-point range.
Steve McAfee, who averages over 30 points/game vs. Grinnell, had 35 points and 23 rebounds to lead the Bucs. The 35 points pushed McAfee into 10th place on the all-time scoring list and the 23 rebounds tie for the second-most in a game in Beloit history. Bentley scored 22 points, including 12-14 from the free throw line, and dished out 13 assists, the third-most in a game in Buccaneer history.
Tanner Smith scored a career-high 20 points while Bremner tied his career high with 18 and Mike Gulve had a career-best 15.
Beloit looks to keep the momentum going Wednesday night in Flood Arena when they host Lawrence University at 5:00 p.m.