Tristan Shoup tallied 29 points and Andrew Walters registered his third consecutive double-double to lead the Beloit College men’s basketball team to a 58-46 win over Marian University (Wis.) Tuesday evening in Flood Arena.
The Buccaneers dominated the glass Tuesday with a 45-29 rebounding advantage while the defense held the Sabres to just 27-percent shooting from the field in the game.
Beloit jumped out to an early six-point lead just four minutes into the contest. The Sabres responded with a 9-4 run to cut the lead to one, 13-12 with just under 12 minutes left in the half.
The margin hovered between two and five until 8:33 when Walters sparked a 13-0 run over the next six minutes to push the lead into double digits. The Bucs took a 38-24 lead into the intermission.
Beloit outscored Marian 22-8 in points in the paint knocking down 55-percent of their shots from the floor and hitting three of their seven shots from long range in the first 20 minutes.
The Bucs’ lead dipped below ten just once in the second half after a Sabre three made it 43-34 with 13:57 on the clock. Shoup responded with a jumper and the margin never fell into single digits the rest of the way.
For the game, the Bucs outscored the Sabres 38-12 in the paint. The dominant performance on the glass included 36 defensive boards as Beloit limited second-chance opportunities for Marian.
Shoup’s 29 points on 14-of-20 from the floor led all players. Walters posted the double-double, his third straight and fourth career, with 12 points and 16 rebounds. He added four assists, two blocks and three steals. Matthew Miller was close to a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds. Miller also tallied three assists in the game.
With their second straight win, the Bucs move to even at 2-2 on the season while Marian falls to 1-1. Beloit will head to Whitewater, Wisconsin to take on the Warhawks November 27 before opening Midwest Conference play back at the Flood Arena on November 30 against Cornell College.