Lake Forest College Sports Information
December 30, 2008
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID

Foresters Fall Twice at Mary Hardin-Baylor's Cru Holiday Classic
Conference play will resume January 10

Travis Clark
Kramer Steffens
Jeremy Beyersdorf
BELTON, Texas - The Lake Forest College men's basketball team was defeated twice at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in the Cru Holiday Classic early this week (December 29-30). The Foresters fell 98-43 to the hosts on Monday and dropped a 73-60 decision to LeTourneau in Tuesday's third-place game. The team is now 1-8 on the season. The victories raised Mary Hardin-Baylor's record to 3-4 and LeTourneau's mark to 8-2.

Lake Forest freshman post player Travis Clark (Evanston, Ill./Evanston) led the visitors with nine points qand eight rebounds against Mary Hardin-Baylor. He also recorded a pair of steals. Freshman forward Kramer Steffens (DeWitt, Iowa/DeWitt Central) was next on the squad with eight points in just six minutes of play.

The Foresters shot just 28.8 percent from the field, 4-for-28 from three-point range, and 5-for-16 from the free throw line. Mary Hardin-Baylor shot 55.7 percent from the field, made seven of 14 three-pointers, and knocked down 23 of 36 shots from the foul line. Lake Forest was out-rebounded 46-37 and committed 27 turnovers while forcing 12.

The home team scored the game's first seven points, used a 13-0 run midway through the first half to extend the lead to 22 points, and scored 17 points in a row before a Forester basket at the end of the period made the score 55-18 at halftime. The Cru scored the first two baskets of the second half and led by at least 40 the rest of the way.

Clark shared game-high honors with 18 points and seven rebounds on Tuesday. He shot 9-for-14 from the floor. Senior guard Jeremy Beyersdorf (Neenah, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran) was next on the team with 16 points and junior forward Victor Campbell (Milwaukee, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) had 14. They combined to make five of nine three-point field goal attempts. Junior forward Patrick Hanley (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) matched Clark's seven boards, dished out a game-high five assists, and added a pair of steals.

Lake Forest was out-shot 58.9 to 43.1 percent from the field. The Foresters also made eight three-pointers in 20 attempts and eight of 10 free throws. The Yellow Jackets shot 1-for-6 from beyond the arc and 6-for-7 at the line. LeTourneau held a 27-26 edge in rebounds and committed 10 turnovers, six fewer than the Foresters.

LeTourneau took an early 6-1 lead before Lake Forest came back to tie the score at eight. The Yellow Jackets pulled away by as many as nine points later in the first half but a 16-6 run by the Foresters gave them the advantage. LeTourneau score the final two baskets of the period to take a 35-32 halftime lead. A pair of Beyersdorf free throws and a Hanley three-pointer to open the second half put Lake Forest ahead by two but it turned out to be the team's last lead of the contest. LeTourneau used 7-0 and 6-0 runs to pull away. The margin reached double figures with 10 minutes to play and was no less than nine the rest of the way.

The Foresters will resume Midwest Conference play on Saturday, January 10, at Knox College. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. The team's next home game will be the following Tuesday evening (January 13) against Grinnell College at 7:00. Live video webcasts of all league contests are available at

Lake Forest - Mary Hardin-Baylor Box Score
Lake Forest - LeTourneau Box Score