Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Men's Basketball team shot over 53% in the opening half against Monmouth College Saturday afternoon in Flood Arena but cooled off in the second half of an 84-80 Midwest Conference loss, their last game before the Holidays.
The Buccaneers came out of the tip-off hot, building an eight-point 14-6 lead after four minutes. But the Fighting Scots charged back, using an 8-0 run to tie the game at the 12:05 mark. MC had a 22-18 lead with 9:03 left before Beloit went on a 14-2 run to take a 32-24 advantage with 5:56 left. The Bucs still led 36-31 with 3:48 left but a quick 7-0 Monmouth run put them up by two. A jumper by Steve McAfee and a free throw by Tanner Smith in the final one-plus minutes gave Beloit a narrow 39-38 lead at the break, McAfee heading to the lockerroom with 14 points and Andrew Bremner 11.
The game stayed tight for the first eight minutes of the second half before the Scots put together a 12-3 run to take a 65-55 lead with 8:58 left. Beloit could get no closer than six in the following eight-plus minutes. Rudy Bentley's three-pointer at the buzzer accounted for the final score.
The Buccaneers shot 53.6% (15-28) in the opening half but hit only 13-30 shots (43.3%) in the second to finish at 48.3%. MC shot 59.3% (16-27) in the second half to build their lead and finished at 54.5% (30-55). Beloit made 10 three-pointers, five in each half, the sixth time a Beloit squad hit 10 in a game.
McAfee finished with 26 points on 8-13 shooting, including three three-pointers, to move into seventh on the Beloit all-time scoring list. He also had seven rebounds and five assists. Bremner finished with a career-best 19 points and seven rebounds while Bentley had 16 points, with three three's, and five assists. Mike Gulve added 10 points.
The Bucs are now off for the Holidays before getting back on the court on December 28 in Orlando, Florida, in the first of two games in the RDV Sportsplex Tournament. They take on Messiah College of Pennsylvania on the 28th at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time and then play Hope College of Michigan on December 30 at the same time.