|Lake Forest College Sports Information
December 3, 2005
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID
Lake Forest Splits Pair of Midwest Conference Home Games
LAKE FOREST, IL - The Forester men’s basketball team split its first two Midwest Conference games of the season at home over the weekend (December 2-3). A 66-49 victory over St. Norbert College Friday night and a 76-71 loss to Carroll College the next afternoon leaves the team with a 2-4 mark on the year.
Senior guard Greg Klos (Carol Stream, IL/Glenbard North) led all played with 19 points on Friday. He shot 5-for-9 from three-point range in the contest. Senior forward Franklyn Beckford (Jacksonville, IL/Jacksonville) was next on the team with 11 points in just 19 minutes of play. He shot 5-for-6 from the field and pulled down a team-high six rebounds.
The Foresters shot 54.2% from the floor in the contest with St. Norbert made just 37% of its field goal attempts. The home team was also 8-for-16 from beyond the arc and 6-for-10 from the free throw line. The Green Knights shot 5-for-17 from long-range and 10-for-14 from the charity stripe. The visitors out-rebounded Lake Forest 28-26 but committed four more turnovers (18-14).
After falling behind 18-12 early in the first half, the Foresters used a 17-2 run to take a nine-point lead. The home team led 36-25 at intermission and that advantage reached as many as 25 points (59-34) during the second half. The Green Knights cut the deficit to 13 three times in the period but would get no closer.
Beckford recorded game-highs with 21 points and 11 rebounds on Saturday. He shot 8-for-12 from the floor and 5-for-6 from the foul line in the contest and added three assists and a blocked shot in 35 minutes of play. Klos shot 6-for-12 from beyond the arc and scored 18 points and senior forward Brad Rathe (Deer Park, IL/Lake Zurich) and senior guard Adesina Benton (Richton Park, IL/Argo) chipped in with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Rathe added seven rebounds and Benton had six assists.
The Pioneers shot a torrid 63.3% from the field in the game while the Foresters knocked down just 41% of the field goal attempts. The home team made 11 of 29 three-pointers, Carroll knocked down four of 12 from beyond the arc, and both teams made 10 free throws. Lake Forest out-rebounded the visitors 35-23 but committed 10 turnovers while forcing just four Pioneer miscues.
The were three ties and five lead changes in the game’s first 10 minutes before a 14-3 Carroll run gave the visitors a 33-23 advantage. Lake Forest cut the deficit to three and trailed by five (39-34) at the half. The Pioneers led by as many as 10 points twice in the first seven minutes of the second half but by just three (62-59) after a three-pointer by Klos with six-and-a-half minutes remaining. That was as close as the Foresters would get, however, as their comeback efforts were fought off down the stretch.
Lake Forest will travel to North Park University Tuesday (December 6) night for a 7:30 tip-off.