Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Men's Basketball fell just shy of breaking a six-game drought in a 68-66 loss to Buena Vista University in the final game of 2016.
Both teams started out hot from the floor before cooling down a bit in the opening half. The Beavers hit six three-pointers in the first six-plus minutes to build a seven-point spread at 22-15 but the Bucs came back with a three-pointer by Andrew Bremner and a layin by Tristan Shoup to pull back within two. BVU pushed their lead back to seven with a 7-2 run before the Buccaneers put together an 8-0 run over the next three minutes to pull ahead 30-29 with 6:38 left on Bremner's layup. The lead got as high as four points but Buena Vista got it back to even and then took a 37-35 lead into the lockerroom after a basket with 55 seconds left held up for the rest of the half.
The Bucs led by as much as five four-plus minutes into the second half before the Beavers turned it around for a five-point lead after a 12-2 run. The game remained tight until BVU turned a one-point deficit into an eight-point 63-55 lead with a two-minute 9-0 run. Again the Buccaneers came back and tied it at 63-all with 4:32 remaining after an 8-0 run. Buena Vista hit a three to build a 68-63 lead with 53 seconds left. After Bremner hit a driving layup with 35 seconds left to cut the deficit to three, the Beavers didn't score on their possession. After three straight fouls to put Beloit in the bonus, Cody Risseeuw hit the first free throw with three seconds left to make it 68-66 and missed the bonus shot intentionally. But the rebound went BVU's way as the buzzer sounded.
Both teams cooled considerably after their hot starts, with the Buccaneers hitting 40% (24-60) from the field, including 10-27 three-pointers, tying for the fourth-most in a game in Beloit history. Buena Vista shot 43.3% (29-67) from the floor, 9-24 from three-point.
Risseeuw led the way with 17 points, including four three's. Bremner stuffed the stat sheet with 16 points, eight rebounds and a team-high five assists, going 7-9 from the field. Carlton Henning added nine points while Mason Jones set a career best with 10 rebounds.
Beloit is now off until the new year when they get back into Midwest Conference play against sixth-ranked St. Norbert College on January 4 in Flood Arena. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.