Lake Forest College Sports Information
February 14, 2007
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID

Lake Forest Pulls Away Late at Monmouth College
Laird Walker and Patrick Hanley record double-doubles

Laird Walker
MONMOUTH, Ill. - The Forester men’s basketball team won 69-59 at Monmouth College Wednesday (February 14) night to raise its overall record on the year to 13-9 and its Midwest Conference mark to 9-6. Monmouth finished the season at 11-11 overall and 7-9 in league play.

Junior forward Laird Walker (Chicago, Ill./Whitney M. Young Magnet) and sophomore forward Patrick Hanley (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) each recorded a double-double in the contest. Walker shot 8-for-13 from the field and led the Foresters with 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Hanley scored a dozen points and pulled down 10 boards. It was the fifth time this season that Walker reached double figures in both points and rebounds and the third time for Hanley.

Senior forward Brad Wehner (Sheboygan, Wis./Sheboygan North) and sophomore guard Jeremy Beyersdorf (Neenah, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran) chipped in with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Wehner added seven rebounds, two assists, and a pair of steals. Beyersdorf shot 4-for-5 from the field and led the team with three assists.

Lake Forest shot 47.2 percent from the field while the Fighting Scots shot 44.7. The Foresters were also 7-for-19 from three-point range and 12-for-16 from the free throw line. Monmouth knocked down eight of 27 attempts from beyond the arc and shot 9-for-12 from the foul line. Lake Forest held a commanding 36-22 edge in rebounds but committed three more turnovers (14) than the home team.

Monmouth led by as many as eight points and Lake Forest by as many as two in a first half that included eight lead changes and five ties. The advantage changed hands seven more times in the second half. Monmouth led 51-50 with nine minutes to play before an 11-1 Forester run put the visitors ahead by nine with just three-and-a-half minutes left. The Scots trimmed the margin to six on two occasions but were unable to get any closer.

The Foresters will close out the regular season with a home game against Knox College Saturday (February 17) afternoon at 2:00. Lake Forest would qualify for the four-team MWC Tournament with a victory and either a Carroll College victory at Lawrence University or a Ripon College win at home against Beloit College. The Foresters could also qualify for the tourney with a loss, provided, Lawrence also loses.

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