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Bucs Take Control in First Half, Hold Off IC for MWC Win

February 4, 2016

Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Men's Basketball team used an aggressive approach in the first half to build a lead and then held off a comeback attempt by Illinois College for an 86-71 win in Flood Arena Wednesday night.

Beloit surged away from a 6-6 tie early in the opening half with a 20-6 run that built a 26-12 advantage.  After the Blueboys pulled back with nine a 14-2 run gave the Buccaneers a 44-23 lead with just over two minutes left in the half.  IC closed the half with five unanswered points in the final minute-plus to pull back within 47-33 at the break.

The Bucs kept a comfortable double-figure lead thru the first 12 minutes of the second half before Illinois College went on a 12-3 run to pull within 73-66 with 3:16 remaining.  But that was as close as the Blueboys would get, with Beloit closing on a 7-0 run for the win.

The Bucs built their first-half cushion with 65.5% (19-29) shooting and finished at 58.8% (30-51) for the game.  IC shot 42.6% (26-61) for the game, 39.4% (13-33) in the second half.  Beloit out-rebounded the Blueboys 35-27.

Steve McAfee finished with 30 points, eight rebounds and five assists to take over the #3 spot on the Beloit career scoring list while recording his 11th career 30-point game.  Rudy Bentley had 21 points, a career-high nine rebounds and six assists while Andrew Bremner scored 14 with seven rebounds.  Mike Gulve had 10 points.

The Buccaneers begin a three-game road trip on Saturday when they travel to 14th-ranked St. Norbert College.  Tip off is at 2:00 p.m.