Beloit's boys basketball team defeated Bluestem 73-45 in the first round of the 41st annual Sterling Invitational

The Trojans started Monday's game fast, taking a 23-12 lead after the first quarter and never looking.

Brett Elsen was 4-of-9 from the floor and scored 10 points to lead the Lions. He also had a team-high six rebounds.

Cooper Minnick and John Stiger both scored nine points for Bluestem. Patrick Hurd added seven points, and Josh Muckenthaler scored five.