Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Men's Basketball team honored their three seniors before warm-ups began on Saturday in Flood Arena. Then those seniors each made their mark in the final minutes of a 63-61 win over the Fighting Scots as the Buccaneers shook off a four-game loss streak.
Senior forward Jacob Manthe made a pair of free throws with 3:31 to give the Bucs the lead for good at 57-56; Senior guard Andrew Bremner hit a signature driving layup with 1:19 left to put Beloit up by four at 62-58; and finally senior guard Mike Gulve hit a free throw with two seconds left to complete the scoring and ice the victory.
The game was close through the first 20 minutes with seven lead changes. Beloit's largest lead was seven points three times, the last time at 27-20 with 4:35 left. Monmouth's largest was only one but more important was their half-closing 8-3 run that made it a two-point game at the break, with the Bucs leading 30-28.
A 14-6 Beloit run out of the lockerroom gave the Buccaneers their largest lead of the contest at 44-34 with 13:05 left. But the Fighting Scots responded with a 15-4 run to take a 49-48 lead with 7:23 remaining. The game stayed close before Manthe's free throws put BC in front for good after MC had taken a one-point lead on a jumper at the 3:54 mark.
Beloit shot 46.8% (22-47) for the game while Monmouth shot 41.5% (22-53). Each team hit six three-pointers but the Buccaneers won the free throw battle with 13 makes to the Scots' 11. The Bucs also won the rebounding 32-30.
Gulve led Beloit with 12 points, including three three-pointers, while Cody Risseeuw had 11 and Carlton Henning and Tristan Shoup 10 apiece. Bremner finished with a game-high 13 rebounds, his sixth double-figure rebound game this season, and he and Risseeuw both had three assists.
The Buccaneers look to maintain their momentum on Tuesday night when they host Lake Forest College. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.