Beloit, WI -- Things were going along fine for the Beloit College Men's Basketball team against Lawrence University on Saturday afternoon in Flood Arena, holding a six-point lead midway through the second half. But a 20-6 LU run erased that good feeling and led to a 72-64 loss.
The loss hurts the Buccaneers in the race for a spot in the Midwest Conference Tournament. With two games left Beloit stands 8-8 in the league and on the outside looking in depending on today's other results plus what happens in the coming week.
The game was tight through a large part of the opening half until Beloit ran off seven unanswered points to jump up 36-30 late. They led 36-32 at the break.
The Buccaneers built the lead up to nine early in the second half and were still up 51-45 at the 11:15 mark. But the Vikings went on their run to turn the game in their advantage, leading 65-57 with 1:42 left. Lawrence hit 9-12 free throws in the final two minutes to seal the win, the 18th in the last 19 meetings with Beloit.
David Bremner led the way with 16 while Michael Horton added ten and Travis Towns nine. James Lazarcik grabbed nine rebounds and Patrick Kenny eight.
The game was part of the MWC's "Play for the Cure" initiative, with the Buccaneers wearing pink t-shirts during pre-game warm-ups.
The Bucs close out their home season on Wednesday night against a Carroll University team also battling for a spot in the Tourney. Tipoff is 7:00 p.m.