|Lake Forest College Sports Information
February 22, 2003
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID
Lake Forest Defeated by Monmouth in Season Finale
LAKE FOREST, IL - The Lake Forest College men's basketball season came to an end Saturday (February 22) with a 71-61 loss at home to Monmouth College. The defeated dropped the Foresters overall record to 8-15 and their Midwest Conference mark to 7-9. Monmouth finished the year with a 5-18 overall record and a 2-14 mark in the conference.
Senior guard Fred Bell (Mequon, WI/Homestead) led Lake Forest with 16 points. He played all but two minutes and 37 seconds of his final career game and shot 6-for-10 from the field.
A pair of freshman also reached double figures for the Foresters. Forward Franklyn Beckford (Jacksonville, IL/Jacksonville) shot 5-for-7 from the floor and finished with 12 points. Guard Greg Klos (Carol Stream, IL/Glenbard North) was 3-for-5 from beyond the three-point arc and scored 11.
Sophomore Eric McDonald (Elk Grove, IL/Elk Grove) scored eight points and had a game-high nine rebounds. Seniors Lee Taylor (Sheldon, IA/Sheldon) and Tim Andris (Port Washington, WI/Port Washington) each pulled down seven boards in their final game and Taylor added a game-high five assists.
Lake Forest shot just 39.2% (20-of-51) from the floor while Monmouth made 49.1% (26-of-53) of its field goal attempts. The Foresters out-rebounded the Fighting Scots 36-25 but committed 17 turnovers while forcing just six from the visitors.
Lake Forest jumped out to a nine-point (16-7) lead after six minutes of play. The Scots outscored the Foresters 27-9 over the next 11 minutes to take a nine-point lead (34-25) of their own. Each team scored five points over the final three minutes of the period and Monmouth led 39-30 at intermission.
The margin reached 17 points on four separate occasions in the second half before a 10-0 Forester run made the score 63-56 with 3:37 to go. Lake Forest cut the lead to seven three more times but could get no closer as Monmouth made eight free throws down the stretch.
The Foresters were 49-42 in Andris, Bell, and Taylor's four years. The trio amassed 2,087 points, 965 rebounds, and 601 assists in more than 6,200 minutes of play.