Jacksonville, IL -- The Beloit College Men's Basketball team couldn't overcome points at the free throw line in the second half on Friday night in a 72-63 loss at Illinois College.
Beloit went 1-2 from the charity stripe in the second half while IC hit 20-25 to hold on to their nine-point halftime advantage in the key Midwest Conference game. The Bucs shot 37.1% in the second half to Illinois College's 33.3, with Beloit making 13 field goals to the Blueboys' six.
Beloit used a 19-10 run midway through the opening half to take a 22-16 lead with 8:32 left but IC put together a 23-5 run over the next seven minutes to move in front 39-27 late in the half. They led 40-31 at the break.
The lead held steady through the first ten minutes of the second half before the Bucs closed to within three at 53-50 with 10:58 remaining. They were within 55-53 just over a minute later before the Blueboys went on a 7-2 run over four minutes. to stretch their advantage. Beloit never got closer than five the rest of the way, the last time at 62-57 with 4:46 left.
David Bremner had 14 points to lead the Buccaneers followed by Michael Horton with 13 and Travis Towns ten. James Lazarcik had nine points and eight rebounds.
Beloit will look to regain their momentum on Saturday at Monmouth College. Tipoff is at 5:00 p.m.