|Lake Forest College Sports Information
February 5, 2005
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID
Foresters Register Two Important MWC Victories at Home
LAKE FOREST, IL - The Lake Forest College men’s basketball team protected their home court with victories over two Midwest Conference opponents over the weekend (February 4-5). The Foresters won 63-55 on Friday over Carroll College and 61-60 against St. Norbert College the next afternoon. Lake Forest increased its record to 11-8 overall and 7-5 in the MWC.
Junior guard Dodd Browning (Champaign, IL/Central) led all scorers with 14 points against Carroll. He made four of five attempts from three-point range. Browning also led the Foresters in rebounding with seven. Senior forward Eric McDonald (Elk Grove, IL/Elk Grove) contributed 12 points and junior forward Franklyn Beckford (Jacksonville, IL/Jacksonville) had 11.
As a team the Foresters shot 45.8% from the floor and made 50% from beyond the arc (10-for-20). Carroll shot 31.6% from the field and made just four of 16 three pointers. The Foresters had 33 rebounds and forced nine turnovers. The Pioneers had 38 rebounds and induced 13 miscues.
Browning got the Foresters on the board first with a three pointer that started a 7-0 run in a less-than-one-minute span. The first half saw three ties, four lead changes, and the Foresters leading 27-23 at its end. Lake Forest opened the second half with another three-pointer and never relinquished the lead.
Junior guard Greg Klos (Carol Stream, IL/Glenbard North), Browning, and Beckford scored in double digits Saturday with 10, 11, and 12 points respectively. Junior guard Adesina Benton (Richton Park, IL/Argo) scored nine points, shooting 3-for-3 from three-point range. Beckford pulled down seven rebounds and McDonald had six.
The Foresters and Green Knights shot almost even from the field at 45.5% and 43.1%, respectively. Lake Forest dominated the long-range shooting, shooting 10-for-21 (47.6%) to St. Norbert’s 7-for-25 (28%) but made only nine of 14 from the line while St. Norbert made 11 of 19. The home team out-rebounded the Green Knights 29-28 but committed nearly twice as many turnovers (11-6).
Lake Forest tied the score twice in the first half but never held the lead, trailing by as much as nine and 36-31 at intermission. The Foresters took their first lead 1:35 into the second half but had to battle five more lead changes before regaining the advantage with 5:11 left in the game and holding on for the win.
Lake Forest will play on the road next Wednesday (February 9) at Knox College before hosting Monmouth College on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. (February 12).
By Cathy Carroll