|Lake Forest College Sports Information
February 19, 2005
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID
Foresters Fall on the Road to Grinnell
GRINNELL, IA - The Lake Forest College men’s basketball team fell 97-85 at Grinnell College Saturday (February 19) in its final regular season game of the year. The Foresters are now 14-9 overall and 10-6 in Midwest Conference play. The Pioneers improved their overall record to 8-15 and finished the season with a 5-11 mark in the Midwest Conference.
Junior guard Greg Klos (Carol Stream, IL/Glenbard North) led all players with 19 points and added three assists and two steals. Klos shot 3-for-7 from beyond the arc and 8-for-9 from the foul line. Junior forward Franklyn Beckford (Jacksonville, IL/Jacksonville) pulled down a game-high nine rebounds and scored 16 points on 8-for-9 shooting from the floor, raising his field goal percentage to .638 on the season. Also scoring in double digits was junior forward Brad Rathe (Deer Park, IL/Lake Zurich), who had 15 points and six rebounds. Senior forward Eric McDonald (Elk Grove, IL/Elk Grove), sophomore guard Brad Wehner (Sheboygan, WI/Sheboygan North), and junior forward Henry Wimp (Chicago, IL/DeLaSalle) contributed nine, eight, and seven points, respectively, and combined for 10 rebounds and eight assists.
Lake Forest out-shot the home team, making 62.8% from the floor to Grinnell’s 37.6%, and 40% to 31.4% on three-pointers. The Pioneers had just two more rebounds than the Foresters (37-35) but had only 12 turnovers to the Foresters’ 26.
The Foresters started the game on an 11-0 run in the first three minutes of play. They increased their lead to 24-4 at the 12:48 mark. Grinnell changed up its defense and, with the help of nine three-pointers in as many minutes, tied the game with three minutes left in the half. The Pioneers went ahead at the 2:04 mark and led 49-45 at intermission.
The visitors were able to stay within six points through the first 12 minutes of the half, and even led 55-54 at the 17:41 mark. Lake Forest was unable to fight back, however, and trailed Grinnell by as much as 15 before a three-pointer with eight seconds left in the game made the final score 97-85.
Lake Forest will play next weekend (February 25-26) at the 2005 Midwest Conference Tournament, hosted by Lawrence University. The Foresters are the number three seed and will tip-off against Ripon College Friday night at 5:00 p.m.
By Cathy Carroll