Lake Forest College Sports Information
December 20, 2006
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID

Lake Forest Drops Pair of Tight Games at Holiday Tournament in California
Foresters fall by one to North Park and by two to Dominican

Brad Wehner
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. - The Forester men’s basketball team fell 57-56 to North Park University on Tuesday (December 19) and 57-55 to Dominican University on Wednesday (December 20) at the 2006 Holiday Tournament. The losses dropped Lake Forest’s record to 5-4 on the season.

Freshman forward Hoyt Rees (Yorkville, Ill./Yorkville) led the Foresters with 15 points against North Park. He also added six rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocked shots. Freshman guard Victor Campbell (Milwaukee, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) scored a dozen points and junior forward Laird Walker (Chicago, Ill./Whitney M. Young Magnet) recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. He also blocked three shots.

Lake Forest shot 47.9 percent from the field and held the Vikings to just 36.8 percent. The Foresters were also 3-for-13 from three-point range and 7-for-16 from the free throw line. North Park made two of eight three-pointers and 13 of 19 shots from the line and out-rebounded Lake Forest 39-29.

The Foresters led by a small margin throughout most of the first half and 24-19 at intermission. They extended the lead to as many as nine points twice in the second half before a 13-4 North Park run tied the score with 10:46 remaining. After the teams exchanged a few baskets, the Vikings pulled away by as many as six. Lake Forest closed to within a point with 45 seconds left but neither team would score again.

Senior forward Brad Wehner (Sheboygan, Wis./Sheboygan North) scored a career-high 27 points on 10-for-15 shooting from the field and a 5-for-7 performance from three-point range against Dominican. He also had five rebounds and four assists and did not commit a turnover. Sophomore forward Patrick Hanley (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) was the only other Forester in double figures with 10 points. Walker led the squad with eight rebounds and matched Wehner’s team-high total for assists.

Lake Forest shot 40.0 percent from the field, 8-for-22 from three-point range, and just 3-for-7 from the free throw line. Dominican was 43.4 percent from the floor, 2-for-11 from beyond the arc, and 9-for-12 from the line. Both teams pulled down 32 rebounds and the Stars committed two fewer turnovers (13-11).

Dominican led by as many as nine points in the first half before a 9-0 Forester run tied the game at 20 late in the period. The Stars then scored the final two points of the half. There were six lead changes and five ties in the second half and neither team led by more than five in the period. Hanley made a three-pointer to tie the score at 55 with 35 seconds left but Dominican scored the winning basket in the final seconds.

Lake Forest’s next game will be at home against Grinnell College on Saturday, January 6, at 3:00 p.m.

Lake Forest - North Park Box Score
Lake Forest - Dominican Box Score