Lake Forest College Sports Information
February 2nd, 2001
Contact:  Scott Rucker, SID

Loss to Ripon the First at Home This Season for #15 Foresters
Six players score in double-figures for Lake Forest

J.R. Jurecko led the Foresters with 21 points on Friday.
LAKE FOREST, IL - After battling back from a 16-point first-half deficit, the Foresters lost in overtime 104-99 at home on Friday (February 2nd) to Ripon College. Lake Forest is now 14-3 overall this season and 9-2 in the Midwest Conference, with both losses at the hands of the Redhawks.

Six Foresters scored in double-figures, led by senior center J.R. Jurecko's (Libertyville, IL/ Libertyville) 21 points. Sophomore guard Fred Bell (Mequon, WI/Homestead) scored 19 and dished out a team-high 5 assists and sophomore forward/center Eric Tolar (Maywood, IL/Proviso East) scored 11 points while pulling down a game and career-high 9 rebounds. The three other Foresters in double figures were junior guard Brian Bruha (Hillsboro, WI/Hillsboro) with 16, junior guard Bryan Bertola (Green Bay, WI/Bay Port) with 14 and sophomore forward Evan Powers (Bondurant, IA/Bondurant-Farrar) with 11.

Ripon became the first Lake Forest opponent this season to make at least half of their field goal attempts, shooting 53.3% from the floor to the Foresters' 48.5%. Lake Forest entered the game with the #1 field goal percentage defense in the nation (36.0%). Ripon's Steve Kohl led Ripon's display of accuracy with 36 points, shooting 12-for-19 from the field, 6-for-11 from three-point range and 6-for-6 from the free throw line.

The score was tied at 20 after 12 minutes of play when Ripon went on a 21-5 run to take a 16-point lead. The Foresters finished the half with a 7-2 run and went into the locker room down 43-32. Ripon's lead grew to as many as 13 early in the second half before a 13-2 Forester run to cut the deficit to two (51-49). Ripon went back up by eight before the Foresters again came back to eventually take the lead at 67-66. Lake Forest led by six before Ripon closed the second half with a 10-4 run to send the game into overtime. The game was tied at 88, 90, 94, 95 and 96 in overtime before Ripon made all eight of their free throws in the final minute to take the lead and keep it.
The Foresters still hold a two-game lead in the Midwest Conference and will travel to Beloit tomorrow (February 3rd) for a 5:00 PM tip-off. At 6-6, Beloit is currently tied for fifth in the MWC and trying to move up in the standings and earn one of the four spots in the MWC Tournament on February 23-24th.

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