|Lake Forest College Sports Information
February 18, 2004
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID
Move Into Tie for Fourth Place With Triumph at Monmouth
The Foresters were led by junior forward Eric McDonald (Elk Grove, IL/Elk Grove) and sophomore guard Greg Klos (Carol Stream, IL/Glenbard North), who each scored a game-high 23 points. McDonald also led all players with 13 rebounds while Klos connected on five of nine three-point field goal attempts.
Sophomore forward Franklyn Beckford (Jacksonville, IL/Jacksonville) scored 19 points and added 11 rebounds to record his ninth double-double of the season. He shot 7-for-12 from the field in the game and leads the team with a .627 shooting percentage this season.
After shooting just 34.4% from the field in the first half, Lake Forest connected on 53.6% of its shots in the second and on all four attempts in overtime, finishing the game with a mark of 46.9%. Monmouth finished the contest at 45.5%. The Foresters also out-rebounded the Fighting Scots 46-29 but committed three more turnovers (13-10) than the home team.
After a three-point play by McDonald gave the visitors a 5-4 lead, Monmouth used a 9-2 run to pull ahead by six and eight straight points later in the half to increase the margin to 13. A 7-2 Forester run to close out the period cut Monmouth’s lead to eight (37-29) at halftime.
The Scots outscored their guests 10-5 to open the second period and again led by 13 with 14:48 to play. Lake Forest chipped away at the lead and a pair of Klos free throws trimmed the Monmouth advantage to 65-60 with 5:05 left on the clock. Beckford converted a three-point play with 1:44 remaining and, after a Scot basket, McDonald hit a pair of shots in the final 69 seconds to send the game into overtime.
Klos nailed a pair of game-tying three-pointers in the extra frame as he, Beckford, and McDonald accounted for all but one of the Foresters’ 15 overtime points. Beckford gave the team the lead for good with a lay-in with 1:42 to go and he and Klos each made a pair of free throws to help put the game away.
Lake Forest will host Lawrence University (19-3, 13-2 MWC), the 16th-ranked
team in the country (D3hoops.com) on Saturday (February 21) at 3:00
p.m. A Forester win or a St. Norbert loss at Ripon College Saturday
night will clinch Lake Forest’s spot in the conference tourney.