Lake Forest College Sports Information
February 10th, 2001
Contact:  Scott Rucker, SID

Lake Forest Outscored 99-93 at Grinnell and Joined in First Place  
Jurecko scores 31 and adds 13 boards in the loss

J.R. Jurecko had a game-high 31 points and 13 rebounds.
GRINNELL, IA - It was a match-up between the top two men's basketball teams in the Midwest Conference and, unfortunately for the first-place Foresters, number two came away with the victory by a score of 99-93. The loss drops Lake Forest into a tie with Grinnell in the standings, with the first-place team(s) in the regular season to be named MWC Champion(s).

Senior center J.R. Jurecko (Libertyville, IL/Libertyville) was the game's high scorer and rebounder with 31 points and 13 boards. Jurecko shot 12-for-17 from the field, 7-for-8 from the line and added 3 blocked shots.

Sophomore guard Lee Taylor (Sheldon, IA/Sheldon) scored 16 points and added 7 rebounds and 7 assists in the loss. Fellow sophomore guard Fred Bell (Mequon, WI/Homestead) amassed 14 points and 6 boards while sophomore forward Evan Powers (Bondurant, IA/Bondurant-Farrar) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds.

In the team's first meeting of the season, a Lake Forest 133-110 home victory, the Foresters shot 87.7% from the floor against Grinnell's high pressure/high risk defense. On Saturday, Lake Forest shot just 59.7% while holding Grinnell to 34.1%. The Grinnell defense, though, had 22 steals and forced 32 Forester turnovers while committing just 10.

The first half featured 8 lead changes and 5 ties. The Foresters took their largest lead of the game (26-17) with just less than nine minutes to play in the half before Grinnell went on a 15-6 run to tie the game. Lake Forest went back up by six but Grinnell closed the half with a 16-7 run and went into the locker room ahead 50-47. Grinnell's lead fluctuated between two and six points for the first eight minutes of the second half before the Foresters scored six straight to take a 69-68 lead with 10:35 to play. With approximately four-and-a-half minutes to go, the game was tied (83-83) for the 11th time. Grinnell scored eight of the next nine points and held off the visitors by making five of six free throws in the final minute. 

Lake Forest will finish out their regular season with two home games against MWC opponents. Illinois College will come to town on Wednesday (February 14th) for a 7:30 tip-off and Knox College will travel to Lake Forest next Saturday (February 17th) for a 2:00 game. The Foresters, at 15-5 overall and tied with Grinnell at 10-4 in the MWC, do not hold the tie-breaking edge and will need to finish ahead of the Pioneers to host the MWC tournament on February 23-24th.

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