BELOIT - Sophomore Tristan Shoup led Beloit College's Buccaneers to dominating first half and they held off a late comeback by Lawrence to post a 95-89 Midwest Conference victory Saturday afternoon.
Shoup dropped in 22 of his team-high 36 points in the first half at Flood Arena. He his hit first 10 shots and ended the contest shooting an amazing 89 percent (16-of-18).
As a team, the Bucs shot 61 percent (17-28) and outrebounded the Vikings 22-9 to build a 23-point advantage (50-27) going into the break.
The Bucs continued to roll in the second half with Mason Jones hitting two free throws at the 17:44 mark to make it 56-28 for their biggest lead of the contest.
The Vikings didn't surrender, roaring back to within three, 89-86, with 27 seconds remaining. On the next possession for the Bucs, jones converted on two free throws to seal the win.
Two freshman - Andrew Walters and Nathaniel Shead - chipped in 10 and 19 points, respectively. Jones, who finished with 15, did the majority of his damage from the free throw line, hitting 13-of-14 attempts.
The Bucs (3-18, 2-12) will look to continue their success next Wednesday when they travel to Jacksonville, Ill., to take on Illinois College at 5:30 p.m.
• WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - LAWRENCE 71, BELOIT COLLEGE 60: The host Buccaneers played the Vikings on better than even terms three of the four quarters Saturday, but the visitors owned the second quarter. Lawrence outscored the Bucs 24-11 to lead 38-25 at the break.
Beloit (3-17, 1-12) closed the gap to single digits only once in the second half, at 45-36. Lawrence quickly pushed it back to 13 at 50-37, and the Bucs never caught up.
Four Bucs scored in double figures: Candace Cunningham (17), Jaylan DUnn (14), Shelby Kline (13) and Kelly McLean (10). Cunningham also had nine boards as Beloit outrebounded Lawrence, 41-34.
The Vikings outscored the Bucs 26-13 at the free-throw line. Neither team shot well. Beloit was at 37.3 percent from the field while Lawrence was at 39.2.
Kenya Earl led the winners (7-14, 6-6) with 21 points, hitting 13-of-14 free throws.