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Bucs Come from Way Back, Shut Down Pioneers

January 23, 2016

Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Men's Basketball team erased a 28-point deficit in the second half, arguably won of the largest deficits overcome by a Beloit Men's team, and came from behind to defeat Grinnell College before a large crowd at Flood Arena Saturday afternoon.

The Pioneers had the hot hand in the opening half, scoring 15 of the first 17 points.  The Buccaneers got going and pulled within 22-20 at the 14:04 mark before GC went on a 25-6 run, fueled by five three-pointers, to take a 47-26 lead with 7:11 left.  Beloit cut into the deficit but Grinnell held a 66-46 advantage at the break.

Sixteen of Grinnell's 24 field goals in the first 20 minutes came from three-point range as they shot 51.1% from the field.  Beloit had 20 field goals in the half, all from two-point, while shooting 71.4%.

GC kept pushing in the second halfand gradually built their lead to 28 points at 89-61 with 12:34 left.  A pair of free throws by Rudy Bentley started a 38-9 run by the Bucs, which included a 17-4 stretch over five minutes.  Beloit took their first lead since the opening basket of the game with 1:48 remaining on a three-pointer by Bentley.  The Buccaneers held on down the stretch, including a last-second Pioneer jumper from the baseline that missed the mark as the buzzer sounded.

Bentley finished with a career-high 29 points, 21 of them in the second half, shooting 12-16 from the field and adding 10 assists.  Jacob Manthe had a career-best 17 points while Andrew Bremner had 15 points and 12 rebounds, Tanner Smith 12 points and Carlton Henning 11.  Steve McAfee was held to eight points but grabbed 17 rebounds, which moved him into fifth place on the Beloit career list.

Beloit looks to keep the momentum going when they play at Carroll University Tuesday night.  Action gets going at 5:30 p.m.