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Buccaneers Topped by Hot-Shooting Ripon

December 8, 2015

Ripon, WI -- The Beloit College Men's Basketball team couldn't match Ripon College's shooting on the way to a 76-56 Midwest Conference loss on Tuesday night.

The Red Hawks scored the first seven points of the game and jumped out to a 21-7 lead after eight minutes.  They maintained their double-digit lead for the rest half, going into the break up 42-29.  RC shot 60% in the opening 20 minutes (18-30) while the Buccaneers were at 45.8% (11-24).

Ripon came out of the lockerroom on a 23-7 run to take a 65-36 lead just under the 12:00-minute mark.  The biggest lead was 30 points at 68-38 with 10:35 remaining.  Both teams started clearing the benches during the final 10 minutes and the Beloit reserves closed the game on an 18-8 run for the final score.

Beloit finished at 38.5% shooting (20-52) for the game while the Red Hawks finished at 50% (31-62).

Steve McAfee had 19 points on 7-12 shooting while Rudy Bentley had 11 points.  Mike Gulve had nine, including his 9th and 10th three-pointer in the last three games.  Tanner Smith's five rebounds led the team.

The Bucs have a one-week break as Beloit heads into finals before getting back on the floor next Wednesday against Cornell College in Flood Arena.  Tip-off is at 5:30 p.m.