BELOIT - Matthew Miller wasn't the likeliest of candidates to launch the final shot for Beloit College Saturday, but with time running out he found the ball in his hands.
Tristan Shoup led the Buccaneers with 26 points and freshman guard Mylan Walters was 4-for-6 from beyond the three-point arc for 12 points.
One of those treys gave the Bucs a 61-60 lead with two minutes left, but a clutch fadeaway jumper by WIll Carius put Monmouth back on top, 62-60. A blocked shot by Andrew Walters gave the Bucs a chance at a fastbreak with six seconds left as they passed up on a timeout. The ball ended up in the hands of senior forward Miller, who used a power move into the lane and tossed the ball toward the hoop with his left hand.
It banked off the glass through the rim just ahead of the buzzer for a 63-62 victory for the Bucs.
"We practice these different situations on a daily weekly basis," Beloit head coach Brian Vraney said. "It's really just a feeling you get and I thought just let them go. These guys have some experience and understood the time and situation. And just let them go and make a play."
Beating the Scots was no small achievement.
"Monmouth is a tough team, they are athletic and have a couple guys that can put the ball in the basket," Vraney said. "Will Carius is a load. We had to force him into making tough shots and he made a lot of tough shots. They had one of the better players in the conference but I think we have one of the better players (Tristan Shoup). It was good to see those guys go at it a little."
The X factor for the Bucs was the sharpshooting of freshman Mylan Walters who provided a spark on both offense and defense.
"I just trust my shot and my teammates got me open. I focus on getting in and back out and if I'm open I'm going to shoot it and hope it goes in," Mylan Walters said. "Those games that are close like that and the crowd is into it and you get into it as well, it's great."
Despite the win over Monmouth and a blowout victory Friday against Cornell, Vraney believes that the Bucs still have some areas to improve moving forward to the game at Ripon on Wednesday.
"I think overall in a game like this obviously we need to shoot the ball better. And that's just our guys getting in the gym and getting volume of shots up during the season," Vraney said. "(Friday) we did shoot the ball pretty well but this game was a little bit different for us."
Ripon is traditionally one of the MWC's elite teams.
"It's going to be tough competition, but we should handle them," Mylan Walters said. "We have to treat it as just another game."
• FRIDAY'S RECAP: The Bucs pounded Cornell 79-59. Beloit was 31-of-66 from the floor (47%) compared to Cornell's 19-of-51 (37%). The Bucs outrebounded the Rams 40-31.
Shoup led all players with 22 points added seven rebounds and three assists. Walters was the most active on the glass with a game-high nine boards adding 12 points and three steals. Miller tallied 11 points.
• SATURDAY'S BOX: Beloit College 63, Monmouth 62.
MONMOUTH (fg-fga ft-fta pts) - Swift 3-8 0-0 8, Houston 1-5 0-0 2, Wheeler 1-5 3-4 5, Batterton 4-7 3-3 12, Carius 8-12 7-7 23, Rueter 0-0 0-1 0, Oradiegwu 2-4 1-1 5, Swearingen 2-3 0-0 6, Schroeder 0-0 1-2 1. Totals: 21-44 15-18 62.
BELOIT COLLEGE (fg-fga ft-fta pts) - Babb 1-6 0-0 3, Empereur 1-8 0-0 2, Shoup 9-19 7-7 26, Miller 4-10 1-2 9, A. Walters 3-6 2-2 9, M. Walters 4-6 0-0 12, Maulick 0-1 0-0 0, Jones 1-3 0-0 2. Totals: 23-59 10-11 63.
Monmouth..............34 28 - 62
Beloit College...........31 32 - 63
3-pt. goals - MC 5-16 (Swift 2-4, Houston 0-3, Wheeler 0-3, Batterton 1-1, Carius 0-=1, Oradiegwu 0-1, Swearingen 2-3). BC 7-25 (Babb 1-5, Empereur 0-6, Shoup 1-2, Miller 0-1, A. Walters 1-3, M. Walters 4-6, Maulick 0-1, Jones 0-1). Fouled out - none. Total fouls - MC 16, BC 17. Rebounds - MC 36 (Carius 19), BC 25 (A. Walters 8).