|Lake Forest College Sports Information
February 4, 2006
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID
Lake Forest Suffers Pair of Defeats, Including Another Close One
DE PERE, WI - The Forester men’s basketball team suffered a pair of Midwest Conference defeats on the road over the weekend (February 3-4). Lake Forest fell 67-55 at Carroll College Friday evening and 71-68 in overtime at St. Norbert College the following afternoon. The Foresters are now 5-15 overall this season and 3-10 in league play. Carroll, which entered the weekend as the 23rd-ranked team in the nation, raised its record to 17-2 overall and 11-1 in the MWC. St. Norbert’s records match the Foresters’ marks.
Senior forward Franklyn Beckford (Jacksonville, IL/Jacksonville) led Lake Forest with 17 points and 12 rebounds on Friday. It was his fourth double-double of the year and lade him just the fifth player in team history with at least 1,200 points and 600 rebounds in his career. Sophomore forward Laird Walker (Chicago, IL/Whitney M. Young Magnet) was next on the team with 11 points and freshman Patrick Hanley (Plainfield, IL/Plainfield) led the squad with four assists.
Both teams shot nearly 44% from the field. The Foresters made just one three-pointer in eight tries and were 6-for-14 from the foul line. Carroll was 8-for-22 from beyond the arc and 17-for-21 from the line. Lake Forest out-rebounded the home team 34-31 and committed a dozen turnovers while forcing 14.
A 21-4 Pioneers run in the first half put the home team ahead by 15. The Foresters trimmed the deficit to nine three times in the period but trailed 37-24 at halftime. Lake Forest cut the margin to seven points early in the second half before a 13-4 Carroll run put the game out of reach.
Senior guard Greg Klos (Carol Stream, IL/Glenbard North) paced the Foresters with 17 points against St. Norbert on 5-for-10 shooting from three-point range. Beckford was next on the team with 15 points and junior guard Brad Wehner (Sheboygan, WI/Sheboygan North) added 11.
Lake Forest shot nearly 45% from the floor, 11-for-24 (45.8%) from beyond the arc, and 13-for-14 from the foul line. The Green Knights posted a .433 field goal percentage, made 11 of 27 three-pointers, and shot 8-for-10 from the line. The home team held a slight 31-29 edge in rebounds and committed just seven turnovers, three fewer than their guests.
There were five ties and 10 lead changes in the game’s first 20 minutes. The largest lead of the period for either team was six points and St. Norbert led 35-34 at halftime. Neither team led by more than five points in the second half and there were eight more lead changes. The fourth tie of the period and ninth of the contest came on a Klos three-pointer with 31 seconds left. Lake Forest took a five-point lead in overtime but was outscored 10-2 to close out the game.
The Foresters will host Illinois College at 7:30 Wednesday (February 8) night.