|Lake Forest College Sports Information
February 21, 2004
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID
Upsets #16 Lawrence to Qualify for MWC Tournament
Sophomore forward Franklyn Beckford (Jacksonville, IL/Jacksonville) and junior forward Eric McDonald (Elk Grove, IL/Elk Grove) led the Foresters offensively. Beckford scored a team-high 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field and pulled down five rebounds. McDonald recorded his second straight double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds and added five blocked shots.
Freshman guard Brad Wehner (Sheboygan, WI/Sheboygan North) made a strong contribution off the bench with career-highs of 12 points and seven rebounds. He also dished out a game-high four assists and shot 6-for-8 from the free throw line, including 5-for-6 in the last 1:30 of the game.
The Foresters made up for a .348 shooting percentage in the first half
with 15 attempts from the free throw line. They shot 48.1% from the
field in the second half and made 13 additional trips to the line. Lawrence
shot just 36.5 percent in the game and attempted only 10 free throws.
Lake Forest also out-rebounded Lawrence 43-33 but committed six more
An 11-2 Lawrence run midway through the second half gave the visitors a 45-40 lead with eight-and-a-half minutes to play. Lake Forest answered with a 10-0 run of its own, capped off by a Wehner three-pointer. The Forester defense held Lawrence in check and Klos, McDonald, and Wehner connected on eight of nine free throw attempts down the stretch to seal the victory.
Lake Forest will travel to Lawrence University for the four-team conference
tournament next weekend (February 27-28) and face the Vikings in one
semifinal on Friday. Carroll College (16-7, 12-4 MWC), the #2 seed,
will take on #3 Grinnell College (18-5, 11-5) in the other semifinal
and the winners will play Saturday afternoon for the league’s
automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.