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Beloit College’s Andrew Walters (33) drives between Lake Forest’s Michael Drew Jr. (10) and Aidyn Albright (30) Saturday.

BELOIT—When Beloit College freshman Michael Polakoski answered two early 3-pointers by Lake Forest with a pair of his own Saturday’s showdown had the feel of a potential shootout.

It was, only one-sided. While the Foresters cut loose a barrage of 16 treys, Beloit shot mostly blanks in an 89-58 Midwest Conference loss at Flood Arena.

“You get these every once in awhile where you run into a buzzsaw,” Beloit head coach Josh Hinz said. “You can’t sulk about it. We know we’re a better than what we showed. We’ll just move on and get back to work Monday.”

Unfortunately, the clinker came at a terrible time for the Bucs, who were clinging to conference tournament hopes. They’re 8-13 overall and 6-8 in MWC play, dropping their second straight after four straight wins.

The Foresters (10-10, 7-6) converted 16-of-32 from behind the arc and Sean Espinosa and Sam Husting each scored 25 points. Husting was 6-of-11 on treys while Aidyn Albright (15 points) was 5-of-10.

“The biggest thing for us was that I don’t think we came out to start the game the way we needed to.” Hinz said. “We certainly didn’t have enough effort on the defensive end. When you play a team that shoots it as well as they can if you let them get comfortable early, quite honestly it doesn’t matter how you adjust at that point. You can get tighter on defense, but if their comfortable and in a groove they’re just catching and shooting and not caring how tight we were to them. They just let it fly.”

After Polaski’s second trey brought Beloit within 8-6, Lake Forest hit three of its next four treys for a double-digit lead. The Bucs never got within single digits again. In fact, the Foresters led by as much as 40 in the second half.

Despite the huge lead, the Foresters mainly rode their starters due to an illness and injury ravaged roster. They had four players log over 31 minutes of play. The Bucs, meanwhile, emptied their bench with 18 players seeing action.

“You’d like to get 18 in because you’re on the other side of the score,” Hinz said.

Andrew Walters led Beloit with a double-double (14 points, 14 rebounds). Tristan Shoup tallied 11 points and Darin Empereur had four assists. The Bucs shot 43 percent (23-54) from the field and 29 percent on 3-pointers (7-24). They hit 5-of-9 free throws.

UP NEXT: The Bucs play at St. Norbert at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

LAKE FOREST 89, BELOIT 58

‘Espinosa 10-17 2-3 25, Husting 9-14 1-3 25, Drew 2-4 2-3 7, Arslanian 3-7 0-0 7, Lawlor 3-8 0-0 6, Albright 5-10 0-0 15, Novy 0-2 0-0 0, Siegien 0-1 0-0 0, Kozarits 1-1 2-2 4. Totals: 33-64 7-11 89.

BELOIT COLLEGE (fg-fga ft-fta pts)—Shoup 5-9 1-2 11, A. Walters 6-11 1-2 14, M. Walters 2-5 0-0 4, Empereur 3-11 0-0 8, Polakoski 3-7 0-0 8, Anderson 1-2 0-0 2, Jones 2-4 2-2 8, Norman-Klatt 1-3 1-2 3, Walton 0-1 0-0 0, Bach 0-0 0-1 0. Totals: 23-54 5-9 58.

Lake Forest 45 44 - 89

Beloit 24 34 - 58

3-pt. Goals—LF 16-32 (Espinosa 3-7, Husting 6-11, Drew 1-1, Arslanian 1-1, Lawlor 0-1, Albright 5-10, Novy 0-1), BC 7-24 (Shoup 0-1, A. Walters 1-2, M. Walters 0-1, Empereur 2-9, Polakoski 2-5, Anderson 0-1, Jones 2-4, Norman-Klatt 0-1, Walton 0-1). Rebounds—LF 36 (Drew 11), BC 29 (A. Walters 14).