|Lake Forest College Sports Information
February 11, 2004
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID
Scores 1,000th Career Point in Crucial MWC Victory
Forward Eric McDonald (Elk Grove, IL/Elk
Grove) scored a game-high 25 points and added six rebounds, three assists,
a blocked shot, and a steal. He shot 8-for-13 from the field, 1-of-2
from three-point range, and 8-of-9 from the free throw line. McDonald’s
final point of the night was also the 1,000th of his career, making
him the 16th player in school history to reach the mark and just the
sixth to do so before his senior season.
The Foresters shot 51% from the field in the game and made half of their 12 three-point attempts. They held Illinois College to 41.2% shooting from the field and a 7-for-27 (25.9%) performance from long-range. Lake Forest also held a significant advantage at the free throw line, shooting 21-for-26 (80.8%) while the Blueboys were just 3-for-4. The visitors held a slight 35-34 edge in rebounds and committed four fewer turnovers (9-13) than the Foresters.
Lake Forest jumped out to a 7-2 lead before a 10-2 run put Illinois College ahead by three. The home team regained the advantage and extended the lead to seven points (37-30) at halftime.
McDonald and Klos made three-pointers to open the second half to increase the Forester lead to 43-30. A 9-2 Blueboy run quickly cut the margin to six points and the visitors trimmed it to 50-48 midway through the period. A McDonald three-point play with 8:28 to play ended a two-minute scoreless stretch and began a 15-4 Forester run that gave the home team a 65-52 lead with four minutes left. Illinois College cut the difference to eight points three times the rest of the way but could get no closer.
With only three games remaining on the regular season schedule, the
fifth-place Foresters’ next opponent will be third-place Grinnell
College (17-4, 10-4 MWC) on Saturday (February 14) at 3:00 p.m.