Lake Forest College Sports Information
December 22, 2004
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID

Foresters Win Twice in Las Vegas at D-3 Desert Shootout
Team defeats St. Mary’s of Maryland and Adrian 


Greg Klos led the team in points one night and assists the other.
LAS VEGAS, NV - The Lake Forest College men’s basketball team traveled to Las Vegas to compete in the D-3 Desert Shootout and came away with a pair of victories. The Foresters defeated St. Mary’s College of Maryland 68-63 Tuesday (December 21) evening and Adrian College 78-69 the following night to raise their record on the year to 6-3.

Junior guards Greg Klos (Carol Stream, IL/Glenbard North) and Dodd Browning (Champaign, IL/Central) led the Foresters against St. Mary’s with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Klos shot 4-for-8 from three-point range while Browning connected on five of six attempts from beyond the arc. Junior forward Brad Rathe (Deer Park, IL/Lake Zurich) was next on the team with 14 points. He also pulled down five rebounds and led the squad with six assists. Senior forward Eric McDonald (Elk Grove, IL/Elk Grove) also reached double figures with 10 points and junior forward Franklyn Beckford (Jacksonville, IL/Jacksonville) scored nine points and led the team with seven rebounds.

Lake Forest made a season-high 11 three-pointers in 20 attempts (55%). Both teams were 23-for-46 from the field and St. Mary’s made half of its 16 shots from long range. The Foresters held a 31-22 edge in rebounds and turned the ball over three more times (15-12) than the Seahawks.

Lake Forest jumped out to an 18-5 lead but St. Mary’s outscored the Foresters 26-11 during the remainder of the half and led 31-29 at intermission. Lake Forest regained the advantage for good on a Rathe layup with 15:51 left and led by between one and seven points the rest of the way.

McDonald scored a game-high 23 points the following night against Adrian. He shot 7-for-7 from the field, connected twice from three-point range, and made seven of eight free throw attempts. Sophomore guard Brad Wehner (Sheboygan, WI/Sheboygan North) was 7-for-9 from the field, 2-for-3 from beyond the arc, and 4-for-4 from the line. He scored a career-high 20 points and added six rebounds and five assists. Klos also reached double figures with 13 points and dished out a career-high eight assists. Klos also reached double figures with 13 points and dished out a career-high eight assists.

The Foresters shot a season-high 60% (27-for-45) from the floor and 85% (17-for-20) from the foul line. Adrian out-rebounded Lake Forest 36-29 but was held to just 31.7% shooting from the field.

Adrian led for just 23 seconds during the game after a three-pointer gave the Bulldogs a 19-18 advantage. Lake Forest led by as many as 10 in the first half and 33-26 at the break. The margin grew to as many as 15 points during the second period and never fell below seven.

Lake Forest will face off against fellow Midwest Conference opponents for the rest of the regular season, starting with a 7:00 p.m. game at Illinois College on Wednesday, January 5.

Lake Forest - St. Mary's Box Score
Lake Forest - Adrian Box Score