Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Men's Basketball team had their highest scoring output in nearly seven years while Steve McAfee, Jr. had one of the top four games in Beloit history. But it wasn't enough in a 128-120 loss to Grinnell College in front of a big crowd at Flood Arena on Saturday afternoon.
McAfee went for 48 points, the fourth-highest single-game total in Buccaneer history. He was 20-28 from the field, the second-most field goals ever made and the third-most shots taken, and 8-13 from the free throw line. He also grabbed ten rebounds.
The Bucs last scored as many as 120 points on February 4, 2006, in a 120-112 victory over Grinnell in Flood Arena.
A close game early, the Pioneers broke away from a slim 19-18 lead with 14:38 left in the opening half with a 13-4 run in just over a two-minute span to take a ten-point lead. But the Bucs responded with a 16-8 run to pull back within 40-38 at the 7:56 mark. GC led 61-55 at the break.
Grinnell came out firing to open the second half, scoring seven of the first eight points to take a 12-point 68-56 lead less than two minutes in. Again Beloit responded, outscoring the Pioneers 12-4 over the next two minutes to pull back within four. Grinnell kept their advantage near the ten point mark for the next six minutes until the Buccaneers went on a 16-6 run to pull within a point at 101-100 with 7:17 remaining. But GC responded with a 17-6 run over the next four minutes to make it a 118-106 game with 3:26 left.
Beloit got as close as five points in the final 15 seconds on a Chris Bremner three-pointer but the Pioneers closed out the contest with three free throws.
In addition to McAfee's big day, James Lazarcik had 25 points while Joe Poshepny added 16 with six assists and Bremner 15 with five assists.
The Bucs look to break their early-season slide on Tuesday night when they host nationally-ranked UW-Whitewater in Flood. Action begins at 7:00 p.m.