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Shooting woes as Buccaneers drop close contest in conference opener

November 29, 2010


The Beloit College Men's Basketball team made their 2010-11 home debut in Flood Arena but the familiar baskets weren't very friendly. A low shooting percentage went a long way to a 60-57 loss to Lake Forest College in the Midwest Conference opener for both squads.

The Bucs jumped out quickly, building a 10-3 lead after five-plus minutes, but LFC battled back with an 11-4 run to even the score at 14-all with 10:47 remaining in the half.

Beloit got their lead back up to five at 21-16 with 6:42 left on a David Bremner lay-up before the Foresters closed the half on a 13-4 run to take a 29-25 advantage into the break.

Lake Forest kept up the pressure to open the second half and built the lead to nine, the largest by either team in the game, at 34-25 less than two minutes in. The Buccaneers responded with a 15-7 run over the next six minutes to cut the deficit to one at 41-40 on Travis Towns' jumper.

Beloit finally retook the lead at the 9:32 mark on James Lazarcik's lay-in, making it 47-46, and pushed the lead up to five points at 51-46 with 8:27 left in regulation.  LFC scored five unanswered points to tie it at 51-51 with 7:14 left.

The game would see three ties in the last four-plus minutes.  The Bucs took their last lead at 57-55 with 1:39 left on a Patrick Kenny jumper but that was it for the Beloit scoring down the stretch.  LFC tied it at 57-all with 1:07 left and then hit what proved to be the game-winner off an offensive rebound with 37 seconds left.  They added a free throw with nine seconds remaining for the final score.

Bremner's three-pointer from the right wing just missed forcing overtime as the buzzer sounded.

For the game Beloit shot just 37.3 percent from the field (22-59), including just 26.5 percent (9-34) in the opening half. Lake Forest shot 48 percent for the game and won the rebound battle 36-31.

Bremner led the Buccaneer scoring with 11 points while Tyler Butke added a career-high ten.  Michael Horton had a career-high 12 assists, tying him with two others for the third-most assists in a game in Flood Arena history.

Beloit has the week off before getting back into MWC play with a doubleheader weekend, hosting Monmouth College at 7 p.m. on Friday and Illinois College on Saturday at 4 p.m.