Lake Forest, Ill. – After falling behind early due to a slow start offensively, the Men’s Basketball Team couldn’t mount a comeback despite a competitive second half against the Foresters of Lake Forest College, eventually falling by a final score of 47-71.
Taking advantage of the Bucs’ struggles on offense, the Foresters began the game with a 13-0 run, with the Bucs missing their first 7 shots from the field before a 3-pointer from First-year Nathaniel Shead (’21 Plano, Ill.) at the 11:00 minute mark ended the cold streak. Unfortunately, Lake Forest’s defense continued to apply pressure, forcing 13 turnovers and limiting the Bucs to 21% (5-28) shooting in the 1st half, which ended with the Foresters leading by 20 (16-36).
The second half, however, was a different story, with the Bucs recovering to post a 52% (12-23) field goal percentage and only 5 turnovers in the final 20 minutes. Shead in particular impressed for Beloit, dropping a season high 19 points on 6-11 shooting. The 20-point lead at the break was too much to overcome, though, as the Foresters were able to hold off the second half resurgence from Beloit.
Shead was joined in double-figures by #5 Tristan Shoup (’20 Fort Atkinson, Wis.), who chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds.
The Bucs (2-18, 1-12) return to Flood Arena Saturday, February 3rd to take on the Vikings of Lawrence University. Tip-off is at 1:00pm.