The Beloit College men’s basketball team fell to UW-Whitewater, ranked 15th according to the latest d3hoops.com poll, 92-65 on the road Tuesday night.
The difference came on the glass as the Warhawks boasted a 41-18 advantage in rebounds and outscored the Buccaneers 18-2 on second chance points in the game.
The teams traded buckets for the first three-and-a-half minutes until an 8-0 UW-Whitewater run put the host team up 14-6 with 14 minutes left in the half.
The Bucs whittled that lead down to three, 25-22, on Darin Empereur’s three pointer with 7:14 on the clock but four straight for UW-W pushed the margin back to seven with 5:40 to go. The teams traded baskets to finish out the half and head into intermission with the Bucs trailing 36-29.
The Warhawks notched the opening point of the second 20 minutes on a free throw but Tristan Shoup responded with a three to cut the lead to five, 37-32, just a minute in. A 9-4 Warhawk run extended the gap into double figures where it held for the rest of the way.
Beloit was more efficient than UW-W in the first half shooting 50-percent (13-26) from the floor compared to the Warhawks’ 44-percent (15-34) from the field. That advantage flipped in the second half as UW-W shot 67-percent (18-27) while the Bucs hit 46-percent (13-28) of their shots.
Shoup led all players with 24 points and was the most efficient of the double-digit scorers going 11-for-15 from the floor and 1-for-1 from long range. He added four rebounds to lead the Bucs on the glass. Andrew Walters contributed 14 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals while Empereur tallied a game-high six assists.
The Bucs return to Flood Arena with a 2-3 record to open Midwest Conference action against Cornell College Friday at 7:30 followed by a Saturday 3 p.m. tip against Monmouth College.