Lake Forest College Sports Information
December 2nd, 2000
Contact:  Scott Rucker, SID

Foresters Score Record 133 Points in MWC Opener Over Grinnell
Jurecko and Tolar combine for 69 points

J.R. Jurecko (above) and Eric Tolar combined to score 69 points against Grinnell.
LAKE FOREST, IL - The Lake Forest College men's basketball team showed its versatility and athleticism on Saturday (December 2nd) as they set a school record for points in a game by outscoring the Grinnell College Pioneers 133-110. It was the Midwest Conference season-opener for both teams and raised the defending MWC Champion Foresters' regular-season MWC winning streak to 17 games.

Grinnell came into the game with a 2-3 record despite averaging over 130 points per game. They are known for an aggressive style of play in which they try to score quickly and pressure their opponents with reckless abandon. Lake Forest set the tone early as, after senior center J.R. Jurecko (Libertyville, IL/Libertyville) scored on the game's opening possession, they nearly forced Grinnell into a 35-second violation, forcing a wild three-point attempt at the shot clock buzzer.

The Pioneers had the hot hand for a stretch early in the game when they made seven out of eight three-point field goals and actually led 43-42 with less than six minutes to go in the first half. The Foresters, however, closed the period with a 25-11 run to open up a 67-54 halftime advantage.

Grinnell twice cut the Forester lead to single-digits early in the second half but never got any closer than 8 and were never within less than 13 points of Lake Forest during the game's final 13 minutes. The lead was as big as 24 points until Grinnell made one of two free throws with 8 seconds left to close out the scoring.

The Foresters shot 87.7% from the floor against the Pioneers, making 50 of 57 field goal attempts. The high scorers for the team were Jurecko with 36 points and sophomore forward/center Eric Tolar (Maywood, IL/Proviso East) with 33. Jurecko, who also pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds, was 16-of-18 from the field and Tolar was a perfect 12-of-12.

Sophomore forward Evan Powers (Bondurant, IA/Bondurant-Farrar) was next on the squad with 18 points and sophomore guard Lee Taylor (Sheldon, IA/Sheldon) scored 17 points to go along with his five rebounds and a game-high and career-best 13 assists. Another sophomore guard, Fred Bell (Mequon, WI/Homestead), was also in double-figures in assists with 10 and junior guard Brian Bruha (Hillsboro, WI/Hillsboro) was one away with 9.

The 3-0 Foresters will play Concordia University (IL) this Tuesday (December 5th) before closing out the fall semester against Milwaukee School of Engineering next Tuesday (December 12th). Both games are at the Lake Forest College Sports Center and will tip-off at 7:00 PM.

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