Lake Forest College Sports Information
December 12th, 2000
Contact:  Scott Rucker, SID

#16 Foresters Move to 5-0 With Victory Over M.S.O.E.
Team's best start in fifteen years

Brian Bruha had 11 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists and 0 turnovers against MSOE.
LAKE FOREST, IL - The Lake Forest men's basketball team, fresh off its #16 ranking by, is now 5-0 and off to its best start since the 1985-86 season after a 73-39 victory at home Tuesday (December 12th) night over the Milwaukee School of Engineering. The 34-point drubbing matches the Foresters' largest margin of victory in ten years and the 39 points allowed is the least since January of 1997.

The game was never really close as Lake Forest jumped out to a 41-18 halftime lead. The home team continued to shoot well from the field, making 55.4% of its field goal attempts and 5-of-10 three-pointers in the game. The defense was equally impressive, forcing M.S.O.E. into 25 turnovers and holding the visitors to 12-of-47 shooting from the field (25.5%).

Ten different Foresters scored, led by junior guard Brian Bruha (Hillsboro, WI/Hillsboro) and sophomore guard Lee Taylor (Sheldon, IA/Sheldon) with 11 points apiece. Bruha also grabbed 4 rebounds and dished out 8 assists without any turnovers. Taylor was 4-6 from the field, 1-1 from three-point territory, 2-2 from the line, and had 3 assists, 4 steals and a game-high 8 rebounds in just 21 minutes of play.

Junior guard Bryan Bertola (Green Bay, WI/Bay Port) and sophomore forward Evan Powers (Bondurant, IA/Bondurant-Farrar) both made all three of their field goal attempts, with all of Bertola's coming from behind the three-point arc. Bertola is the team leader in three-point shooting, having made 13 of 23 shots on the season (56.5%). Powers is now 21-of-29 from the floor and leads the Foresters in field goal shooting (72.4%).

The team will travel to Florida after Christmas to play Palm Beach Atlantic College, the 19th-ranked team in NAIA, on December 27th and NCAA Division II member Lynn University on January 2nd. Upon returning the Foresters will continue their defense of their Midwest Conference championship. Lake Forest is 1-0 thus far in 2000-01 MWC play. 

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