GRINNELL, Iowa—Beloit College’s Buccaneers kept Grinnell’s high-paced offense somewhat in check in the first half Wednesday night.
The second half, however, was a whole different story.
The Pioneers, the second-highest scoring team in Division III averaging over 109 points per game, dropped in 60 in the second half on their way to a 101-81 victory.
Grinnell’s women also won their game against Beloit, 66-49.
Beloit’s men, who average 68.8 points per game, just didn’t have the firepower to keep up and had their four-game conference winning streak snapped.
At halftime, however, the Bucs held a 48-41 lead as 6-foot-1 freshman Michael Polakoski hit 5-of-9 from the field, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc for 15 points in the half. He ended up with 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting.
The Bucs shot 57 percent (4-7) on 3-pointers in the first half and hit 16-of-18 free throws. Grinnell had just seven free-throw attempts in the first half.
The Pioneers (11-9, 7-6) heated up after the break. They hit eight 3-pointers and hiked their free-throw shooting to 16-of-23 in the half. Beloit fell off in both departments.
The Bucs’ Tristan Shoup posted a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Andrew Walters and Mason Jones hauled in 11 and 10 rebounds, respectively. Walters added six assists.
Hannes Kogelnik hit eight 3-pointers on his way to 36 points for Grinnell. Jackson Qualley added 26.
The Bucs (8-12, 6-7 MWC) are back in action Saturday when they host Lake Forest at 1 p.m. in Flood Arena.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: GRINNELL 66, BELOIT 49: The Bucs (3-17, 1-12) fell behind 41-23 by halftime and couldn’t recover. They did outscore the Pioneers in the second half 26-25.
Kelly Loudon was the lone Beloit player in double figures in both scoring (16) and rebounding (12). Dani Strejc and Christy Melton scored eight points apiece. The Bucs shot just 33.3 percent (18-54), including 20 percent on 3-pointers (4-20).
Grinnell (10-10, 6-7) was led by Tyria Heath’s 28 points.
Beloit will host Lake Forest at approximately 3 p.m. Saturday following the men’s game.