Lake Forest College Sports Information
February 3, 2007
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID

Foresters Defeat Beloit and Lawrence, Climb to Fourth in MWC Standings
Hoyt Rees scores 36 points and pulls down 13 rebounds on the weekend

Hoyt Rees
LAKE FOREST, Ill. - The Lake Forest College men’s basketball team defeated a pair of Midwest Conference foes at home over the weekend (February 203). The Foresters outscored Beloit College 71-52 Friday night and knocked off Lawrence University 72-69 Saturday afternoon to raise their overall record on the season to 11-8 and MWC mark to 7-4. The team is now fourth in the league standings.

Four Foresters scored in double figures on Friday, led by senior forward Brad Wehner (Sheboygan, Wis./Sheboygan North) with 15. He shot 6-for-8 from the field, including 3-for-5 from three-point range, and added three steals. Freshman forward Hoyt Rees (Yorkville, Ill./Yorkville) scored 14 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the floor, junior forward Laird Walker (Chicago, Ill./Whitney M. Young Magnet) had 12 points and seven rebounds, and freshman guard Victor Campbell (Milwaukee, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) finished with 11 points and a team-high eight boards.

Lake Forest shot 50 percent from the field, 6-for-16 from beyond the arc, and 11-for-14 from the free throw line. Beloit shot 45.7 percent from the field, 4-for-14 from three-point range, and 6-for-10 from the line. The Foresters out-rebounded the visitors 31-26 and committed just eight of the game’s 20 turnovers.

The home team scored four points on the first trip down the court and led the rest of the way. Lake Forest’s largest lead of the first half was 10 points and the score was 31-23 at intermission. The Foresters’ lead was at least at least nine points throughout the second half and reached as many 19.

Rees recorded career-highs with 22 points and 10 rebounds against Lawrence, the three-time defending league champion. He shot 8-for-13 from the field and 6-for-7 from the foul line. Sophomore forward Patrick Hanley (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) was the only other Forester in double figures with 16 points and he added seven boards and three assists. Wehner also dished out three assists and sophomore guard Matt Desjardins (Peoria, Ill./Richwoods) had three steals.

The Vikings out-shot Lake Forest 52.2 percent to 47.2. The Foresters were also 4-for-11 from three-point range and 18-for-24 from the line. Lawrence was 3-for-11 from beyond the arc and 18-for-23 at the line. Lake Forest held a 28-27 edge in rebounds and committed just five turnovers while forcing 12.

The first half included five ties and eight lead changes and ended with Lawrence leading 35-28. The Foresters scored the first eight points after halftime and gradually increased their advantage to nine points (69-60) with 79 seconds remaining. The lead shrunk to two points after a three-pointer and four free throws by the Vikings, but Campbell was 3-for-4 from the line in the final 16 seconds to preserve the win.

The Foresters will host Illinois College Tuesday (February 6) night at 7:30.

Lake Forest - Beloit Box Score
Lake Forest - Lawrence Box Score