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Buccaneers Go Double OT to Top Monmouth, Stay in MWC Hunt

January 19, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Buccaneer Men's Basketball

Monmouth, WI -- The Beloit College Men's Basketball team doesn't mind putting in a little extra time on the court.  Especially if the result is like Saturday's 74-67 double overtime win at Monmouth College.

The Buccaneers went on a 7-0 run that took up the better part of the second extra period to pull away and secure a key win in the race for the Midwest Conference postseason.

Early on the Bucs couldn't get going.  MC jumped out to a 10-2 lead after five minutes and got it up to a nine-point spread several times before Beloit pulled back within six with 6:00 left in the half.  But Monmouth closed strong and headed to the lockerroom with a 32-23 lead.

With halftime adjustments made the Buccaneers kept chipping away in the second half, finally getting their first lead of the game at 49-48 with 4:14 remaining on a pair of free throws by Chris Bremner.  Bremner hit a jumper with 2:15 left to give Beloit a 55-53 lead but Monmouth hit two free throws with 1:23 left to tie it up again.  Neither team could score in the remaining minute-plus, forcing overtime.

The first OT was tight throughout.  The Fighting Scots took a 63-61 lead at 1:31 but Ahmad Shamsid-Deen hit a jumper at 1:11 to tie it at 63-all.  Again, that finished the scoring and overtime #2 was ahead.  The Bucs broke away from a 64-64 tie at the 4:16 mark with an extended 7-0 run to take a 71-64 lead with just under a minute remaining, sealing the win.

Tyler Butke paced the Buccaneers with a double-double on 23 points and a career-high 13 rebounds.  James Lazarcik had 12 points with eight rebounds and Bremner added 11 points.  Shamsid-Deen had nine points and five assists.

Beloit looks to keep things going on Wednesday night when they host Ripon College in Flood Arena.  Game time is at 7:00 p.m.