Lake Forest College Sports Information
February 3rd, 2001
Contact:  Scott Rucker, SID

#15 Foresters Suffer Second Straight Defeat, 69-66 at Beloit 
Midwest Conference lead down to one game with four to play

Fred Bell led the Foresters with 16 points and 4 assists.
BELOIT, WI - The Lake Forest College men's basketball team traveled to Beloit College on Saturday (February 3rd) and were defeated by a score of 69-66. The loss is the second in less than 24 hours for the Foresters, whose overall record falls to 14-4 with a 9-3 mark and a one-game lead in the Midwest Conference.

Sophomore guard Fred Bell (Mequon, WI/Homestead) was the Foresters top scorer in the game with 16 points. Bell, who also led the team with 4 assists, shot 6-for-11 from the field, including a perfect 3-for-3 from the free throw line. Sophomore forward/center Eric Tolar (Maywood, IL/Proviso East) and junior guard Brian Bruha (Hillsboro, WI/Hillsboro) chipped in 13 points each, with Tolar and sophomore forward Evan Powers (Bondurant, IA/Bondurant-Farrar) sharing the team lead in rebounds with 7.

Lake Forest held the edge in rebounds 34-32 but turned the ball over 21 times to Beloit's 14. Shooting percentages were relatively even with the Foresters slightly outshooting the Bucs 47.1% to 44.1%. Neither team shot the ball well from the free throw line as they made a combined 18 shots in 33 attempts.

Henry Grant of Beloit was the games leading scorer and rebounder with 19 points and 16 boards. Grant made 9 of 15 field goals and added 4 assists and a pair of steals.

Lake Forest scored the game's first points on a three-pointer from Bell before Beloit scored eight straight to go ahead by 5. The home team's lead grew to as many as 12 in the first half before the Foresters cut that in half, going into the locker room trailing 38-32. A three-pointer by Bruha with just less than eight minutes to play gave Lake Forest its second lead of the game at 53-51. Three ties and three lead changes later, the Foresters found themselves down 62-60 with three-and-a-half minutes to go. They cut the lead to just one point three more times but could not overtake Beloit.

Lake Forest will look to get back on the winning track next Tuesday (February 6th) when they host Monmouth College at 6:30 PM. Monmouth is currently one of three teams tied for fifth in the league with a 6-6 record, sandwiched between Beloit (7-6) and Lawrence (6-7) and competing for one of the four spots in the MWC Tournament on February 23-24th.

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