Craig rolls past Beloit Memorial
The Cougars weren’t clowning around against Beloit Memorial Friday night.
Lucas Burns racked up a game-high 28 points, while Jo Jo Pregont and Kyle Goike chipped in 13 and 12 points, respectively, to lead Craig (2-2, 1-2) to its first Big Eight victory of the season, 69-55, over the host Purple Knights.
“Coming into the season we thought we were a good shooting team, but all of sudden we became a three-ring circus with the three-pointers,” Suter said. “And we kept saying that we got to go inside because we’ve got some pretty good kids inside, and tonight we did that.”
Burns proved he is a pretty good player inside and outside against Beloit. Burns’ 11 first-quarter points propelled the Cougars to a 24-16 lead.
The Purple Knights coun tered Burns’ hot start with six combined three-pointers from Deon Lowery and Jahlil Smith to cut the Craig advantage to 27-24 midway through the second.
Smith and Lowery, who scored 24 of Beloit’s 27 first half points, each finished with a team-high 19 points.
But Smith and Lowery didn’t have enough to stop the Cougars, who closed out the first half with a 9-0 run 36-27 halftime lead.
“We made some runs, but we kept turning the ball over and made dumb mistakes,” said Beloit coach Jay Bryant, whose team fell to 0-3 in the Big Eight Conference.
Burns continued to be a lot better than the Purple Knights in the second half. The 6-foot-6 senior brought the Cougar student section to its feet with a monstrous two-handed dunk early in the third.
The Cougars turned the momentum from the dunk into a 54-38 lead early in the fourth. The Purple Knights never drew closer than nine the rest of the way.
“Basketball is a game or runs and spurts,” Suter said. “Teams are going to make a run at you, but you have to be able to stop that and make one of your own.
“I was proud of the way our kids responded.”
CRAIG 69, BELOIT 55
Craig (69)—Roherty, 2-0-4; Kennedy, 4-0-8; Goike, 5-1-12; Pregont, 6-1-13; Burns, 11-4-28; Clanfield, 1-0-2; Kuehne, 1-0-2. 30-6-11-69.
Beloit (55)—Lindsey, 2-0-4; Young, 0-2-2; Erickson, 0-2-2; Lowery, 7-2-19 Smith, 7-1-19 Coiok, 1-0-3; Evans, 1-0-2; Davis, 2-0-4. Totals: 20-7-8-55.
Craig 24 12 14 19—69
Beloit 16 11 11 17—55
Three-point goals—Craig 3 (Goike, Burns 2), Beloit 8 (Lowery 3 Smith 4, Cook). Free throws missed. Total fouls—Craig 11, Beloit 13.
Sophomores—Beloit 66, Craig 47.