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Late-Game Spurt Sends Buccaneers to Defeat at Grinnell

February 8, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Rudy BentleyGrinnell, Iowa -- The Beloit College Men's Basketball team was in a tight game in the final seven minutes at Grinnell College on Saturday before a quick spurt by the Pioneers opened it up and sent the Bucs to a tough 111-98 defeat.

The teams were close throughout the opening half, with eight ties and seven lead changes, until GC scored six of the final nine points to grab a 45-41 advantage at the break.

The first five minutes of the second half stayed close before the Pioneers broke away from the 12th tie of the game at the 14:45 mark with a 12-2 run to open a 73-63 lead midway through.  But Beloit answered right away with a 16-6 run that tied it all up, again, at 79. 

Grinnell had what turned out to be the game-deciding run when they turned an 85-all tie with just under seven minutes left into a 97-86 advantage just over a minute later.  The Buccaneers never got close than nine the rest of the way.

James Lazarcik scored 29 points with nine rebounds while Rudy Bentley had a career-best 25 points to go with six assists.  Tyler Butke added 19 points and nine rebounds. 

The Bucs shot 58.1% from the field for the game.  GC hit just 44% of their shots from the field but made seven three-pointers in each half (Beloit was 0-1 on three's).

Beloit returns to Flood Arena on Wednesday night to host Lawrence University in the "Play for the Cure" game.  Tipoff is at 5:30 p.m.