JACKSONVILLE, Ill. — The Beloit College men’s basketball team put five players into double figures in scoring and snapped an eight-game losing streak by thumping Illinois College, 82-74, Saturday afternoon.
Senior Andrew Bremner posted career highes of 22 points and 15 rebounds to lead a balanced attack. Freshman Tristan Shoup also had a double-double with 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.
Another freshman, Mason Jones, scored a career-high 12 points and junior Cody Risseeuw tallied 11 points and five assists. Mike Gulve was the fifth Buc in double figures with 10 points to go with four assists.
The Bucs led most of a close first half with their largest advantage at 34-28 with 4:56 remaining. IC closed out the half on a 10-4 run to take a 39-38 lead at the break.
Beloit stormed to a 12-3 run to open the second half and took a 50-42 lead five minutes in. They went up 65-53 with 8:44 remaining, but IC cut it to 76-70 with 1:22 left.
Beloit sealed the victory with six free throws in the final 1:11.
The Bucs shot a season-best 56.1 percent (32-57) from the field, including 58.6 percent (17-29) in the second half while holding the Blueboys to 37 percent (27-73).
The Bucs host back-to-back games next weekend, playing Knox College at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Grinnell College at 3 p.m. Saturday.
• WOMEN’S BASKETBALL — ILLINOIS COLLEGE 56, BELOIT COLLEGE 41: Cold shooting in the fourth quarter ended any comeback ideas for the Bucs in their seventh straight loss.
Beloit had a four-point lead early on, but IC scored the final six points of the first quarter to go up 16-14. The Lady Blues broke away from a 22-22 tie in the second quarter and closed the half on a 12-2 run to lead 34-24.
The Bucs closed within 42-36 with 1:28 left, but IC made it 44-36 after three.
Beloit converted just 1-of-13 shots from the field in the fourth quarter, yet still trailed only 49-40 with 2:01 left after Shelby Kline converted two free throws. IC then closed the game on a 7-1 run.
Beloit was just 17-of-56 (30.4 percent) for the game. IC wasn’t much better at 17-of-53 (32.1 percent). Beloit was also hindered by 27 turnovers.
Laura Panicali continued her push toward 1,000 career points, going over the 950 mark with 17 as the only Buccaneer in double figures. Panicali, Tegan Rock and Nora Polaski all grabbed six rebounds while Kelsey Horvath had four assists and Kline five steals.
The Bucs host Knox on Friday night at 5:30 and Grinnell Saturday at 1 p.m.