BELOIT - It's gut-check time for the Beloit College men's basketball team.
The Bucs, who finished off 2018 with three consecutive disappointing losses, rang in the new year with a letdown Wednesday night.
The high-powered Lake Forest Forsters ran over, around and through the Bucs for a 100-82 win at Flood Arena.
Beloit, which began the season with three straight Midwest Conference wins, are now 3-2 in conference play and 5-7 overall.
Junior forward Tristan Shoup, who finished with 17 points and eight rebounds, said the team's effort simply wasn't up to par.
"It didn't seem like we all had it there tonight," Shoup said. "Myself included. We didn't have the heart to step up and stop the opposing player. They had some guys who could really score and they spaced the floor extremely well, but at some point we need to find a way to get stops. It just comes down to having that will to do it."
Lake Forest (7-5, 3-2 in MWC) placed six players in double figures, with four scoring at least 16 points. After putting up a modest 35 points in the first half and taking a 10-point lead into intermission, the Foresters shot 68 percent from the field and tore through the Bucs defense for 65 points in an up-tempo second half.
"This was like a punch in the face, really," Shoup said. "This is the point of the season where we either step up to the challenge, or we accept losing. I know for sure I don't want to accept losing, so I hope that everyone gets on board and starts playing like we did earlier in the season. We were holding teams to 55 or 60 points, so we know it's in there. We just have to bring that energy every night."
Along with Shoup's strong performance, the Bucs were led by Mathew Miller, who went 11-for-15 from the field to finish with 24 points. Mason Jones added 16 points, while Andrew Walters brought down 12 rebounds and added five assists.
Leading the way for Lake Forest was Danny Sotos, who scored 20 points.
The Bucs will try to stop the losing streak Saturday when they host Illinois College.