Shooting woes torment Bucs

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Jim Franz/Beloit Daily News Beloit's Andrew Walters, middle, drew an IC double-team Saturday.

BELOIT -- There was plenty for Beloit College's Buccaneers to point to after a 73-70 loss to visiting Illinois College Saturday afternoon.

The Bucs will hit the road for the next two games knowing they have to shoot better than they did against the Blue Boys, where they converted 37.3 percent.

Despite constant double-teams from the rugged Blueboys with the likes of 6-foot-5, 235-pound Kane Wildermuth and 6-8, 310-pound Justin Kellogg, Beloit's Tristan Shoup hit 11-of-21 shots for a game-high 29 points. The rest of the Bucs were a combined 14-of-46.

"I was really disappointed in our execution on both ends of the floor," Beloit head coach Brian Vraney said. "We made some decisions that weren't right for the situations and we just couldn't make shots.

"We left a lot of points in the paint. It's inexcusable to shoot this poorly in your home gym. Unfortunately, it's been the trend these past couple games."

Shoup didn't let the Bucs defense off lightly, either.

"We knew the type of offense they run and we knew (Riley Mehrens) is primarily their three-point shooter," he said. "But we still gave him too many open looks. There was a stretch in the second half where we let (IC) score on nine straight possessions. That's the recipe for a loss."

IC led 34-29 at halftime, but the Bucs used back-to-back treys by Matthew Miller and Mason Jones and a three-point play by Miller to take a 44-41 lead with 15:14 remaining. But the Bucs, who had 10 turnovers in all, committed three straight as the Blueboys went on an 8-1 run for a 50-45 lead.

Beloit never caught up again as it continued to miss shots when they mattered most. The Bucs hit just 13-of-33 shots in the second half. IC converted 13-of-25 in the second half and 25-56 for the game (46.4).

"We didn't defend that well in the first half, but if we had defended at least that well in the second half, we come out with a win," Vraney said. "That's frustrating."

Shoup did pull down a team-high 11 rebounds as the Bucs held a 42-38 advantage.

"Coach Vraney always says you are going to have off-nights on offense, but you shouldn't have one on defense," Vraney said. "It's all effort. We have to figure out if we're going to guard people again."

• NOTES: Andrew Walters was the only other Buc scoring in double figures with 10 points. ...Mehrens had 16 to lead IC, with three other Blueboys scoring 12 (Mason Speer, Trevor Otten and Trae Robinson III). ...Beloit dipped to 3-3 in MWC play and 5-8 overall. IC improved to 2-5 in MWC play and 4-10 overall.

• UP NEXT: Beloit plays at St. Norbert Tuesday and at Monmouth on Saturday.

• BOXSCORE: Illinois College 73, Beloit 70.

ILLINOIS COLLEGE (fg-fga ft-fta pts) - Speer 4-9 4-7 12, Mehrens 5-14 1-2 16, McDonald 0-2 0-0 0, Wildermuth 3-6 3-7 9, Adams 3-5 2-3 8, Parks 0-1 0-0 0, Collins 0-2 0-0 0, Frederking 0-1 2-2 2, Otten 4-7 0-0 12, Robinson 6-8 0-0 12, Shaon 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 26-56 12-21 73.

BELOIT COLLEGE (fg-fga ft-fta pts) - M. Walters 3-11 0-0 7, Shoup 11-21 5-7 29, M. Miller 2-9 4-6 9, Jones 2-5 0-2 5, A. Walters 3-7 4-5 10, Babb 1-6 0-0 2, Aguilar 0-0 0-0 0, Olsen 3-7 0-0 8, Becton 0-1 0-0 0, Norman-Klatt 0-0 0-0 0, Maulick 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 25-67 13-20 70.

Illinois College ... 34 39 - 73

Beloit College ....29 41 - 70

3-pt. Goals - IC 9-26 (Mehrens 5-13, McDonald 0-2, Parks 0-1, Collins 0-2, Frederking 0-1, Otten 4-7). BC 7-26 (M. Walters 1-5, Shoup 2-5, M. Miller 1-2, Jones 1-3, A. Walters 0-1, Babb 0-4, Olsen 2-6). Fouled out - none. Total fouls - IC 19, BC 17. Rebounds - IC 38 (Speer 8), BC 42 (Shoup 11). Assists - IC 10, BC 9. Turnovers - IC 12, BC 10.

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