Lake Forest College Sports Information
February 25, 2007
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID

Lake Forest Wins at Grinnell, Falls to Carroll at Conference Tournament
Foresters finish season with 15-10 overall record

Patrick Hanley
Laird Walker
Hoyt Rees
GALESBURG, Ill. - The Forester men’s basketball team competed in the Midwest Conference Tournament over the weekend (February 23-25). League champion Grinnell College was the event’s top seed and host but fell to fourth-seeded Lake Forest 94-79 in Friday night’s late semifinal. Carroll College defeated Ripon College 92-79 earlier that evening. The Foresters and Pioneers were scheduled to play in the tourney final Saturday afternoon but a power outage at Grinnell forced the game to be moved to Sunday at Knox College, where Carroll defeated Lake Forest 80-71. The Foresters finish the season with a 15-10 record while the Pioneers advance to the NCAA Tournament with a mark of 16-8.

Sophomore forward Patrick Hanley (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) led Lake Forest with a career-high 25 points against Grinnell. He shot 10-for-13 from the field and also added nine rebounds and a team-high eight assists. Junior forward Laird Walker (Chicago, Ill./Whitney M. Young Magnet) recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 22 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Victor Campbell (Milwaukee, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran), senior forward Brad Wehner (Sheboygan, Wis./Sheboygan North), and sophomore guard Jeremy Beyersdorf (Neenah, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran) also reached double figures with 16, 12, and 10 points, respectively. Campbell blocked two shots and sophomore guard Matt Desjardins (Peoria, Ill./Richwoods) led the visitors with four steals.

The Foresters shot a season-high 69.6 percent from the field, missed their only three-point attempt of the contest, and knocked down 30 of 48 free throws. Grinnell shot 43.3 percent from the field, 6-for-28 from beyond the arc, and 15-for-32 from the foul line. Lake Forest held a 41-30 edge in rebounds and committed 23 turnovers while forcing 19 Pioneer miscues.

Lake Forest led for most of the first half but by no more than six points. The visitors scored the final two points of the period and took a 37-35 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Grinnell took its last lead of the game on a three-pointer to start the second half. An 11-2 Forester run gave the visitors the lead for good and the Pioneers never got closer than five points the rest of the way. The Lake Forest lead reached double figures with 11:24 to play and topped out at 17 points twice late in the game.

It was the first conference tournament victory in team history.

Freshman forward Hoyt Rees (Yorkville, Ill./Yorkville) paced the Foresters with 20 points in the tournament final against Carroll. He shot 9-for-12 from the field and added five rebounds and three assists. Hanley scored 14 points before leaving the game with an injury, Campbell had 13 points, and Walker added 12 to go with his game-high nine rebounds. Wehner joined Rees with three assists and Hanley, Walker, and Desjardins each recorded two steals.

Lake Forest shot 51.9 percent from the field but allowed Carroll to shoot 58.8 percent. The Foresters made seven of 16 attempts from three-point range and 10 of 17 from the free throw line. The Pioneers shot 10-for-18 from beyond the arc and 10-for-15 from the foul line. Both teams pulled down 27 rebounds and committed 11 turnovers in the game.

Carroll scored the first six points of the contest but the Foresters rallied to take an 18-15 lead with 9:42 remaining in the opening period. The Pioneers outscored Lake Forest 20-7 over the next five-and-a-half minutes to take a 10-point advantage and that was also the difference (41-31) at halftime.

A 14-4 Forester run over the first six minutes of the second half tied the scored at 45-45 but the Foresters were unable to take the lead. Carroll scored 18 points to Lake Forest’s eight over the next four-and-a-half minutes to regain a 10-point edge and the Foresters could get no closer than five points the rest of the way.

Carroll receives the MWC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Lake Forest - Grinnell Box Score
Lake Forest - Carroll Box Score