|Lake Forest College Sports Information
December 22, 2003
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID
Foresters Fall at Benedictine to Close Out 2003
LISLE, IL - The Forester men's basketball team finished the fall semester on a bit of a down note Friday (December 19) with a 62-45 loss at Benedictine University. Lake Forest is now 3-5 on the season while the Eagles raised their record to 6-1.
Sophomore forward Franklyn Beckford (Jacksonville, IL/Jacksonville) led the Foresters in scoring with 17 points. He shot 7-of-10 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the free throw and added seven rebounds. Beckford leads the 2003 team with averages of 16.4 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
Lake Forest shot just 33.3% from the floor while Benedictine made exactly one-half of its field goal attempts. The Foresters turned the ball over 18 times while the Eagles committed just seven miscues.
The Foresters scored the game's first four points and led 8-5 before a 13-2 run by the Eagles gave the home team an 18-10 lead. Lake Forest trimmed the margin to three points twice before Benedictine scored the final eight points of the period and took a 32-21 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Each squad scored 16 points in the first nine minutes of the second half before a 10-1 run by the Eagles extended their lead to 20 points (58-38) with six minutes remaining. The Foresters scored seven straight points over the next two-and-a-half minutes but were outscored 4-0 the rest of the way.
Lake Forest will try to open 2004 on a positive note when it hosts the University of Chicago on Sunday, January 4 at 4:00 p.m. The Foresters (1-1 MWC) will play their last 14 games against fellow Midwest Conference opponents, beginning with a home game on January 8 against Monmouth College.