Lake Forest College Sports Information
February 9, 2008
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID

Lake Forest Falls at Beloit and Lawrence
Team looks to rebound Wednesday at Illinois College

Laird Walker
Hoyt Rees
APPLETON, Wis. - The Forester men’s basketball team dropped a pair of Midwest Conference road games over the weekend (February 8-9). Lake Forest fell 67-65 at Beloit College Friday night and 84-69 Saturday afternoon at league-leading Lawrence University and is now 10-9 overall and 6-6 in MWC play.

Senior forward Laird Walker (Chicago, Ill./Whitney M. Young Magnet) led the Foresters with 16 points at Beloit. He also pulled down seven rebounds, one fewer than sophomore Hoyt Rees’ (Yorkville, Ill./Yorkville) team-high eight. Junior Jeremy Beyersdorf (Neenah, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran) was next with 11 points and he led the squad with five assists and two steals.

Lake Forest shot 49 percent from the field, 8-for-20 from three-point range, and 7-for-12 from the free throw line. Beloit was held to 40 percent shooting from the floor and made 12 of 37 shots from beyond the arc and three of six free throws. The Foresters held a slight 35-34 edge in rebounds but committed 11 of the game’s 17 turnovers.

Neither team led by more than six points until a Buccaneer three-pointer with five seconds left in the first half gave Beloit a 41-33 advantage at intermission. Lake Forest opened the second half with a 12-2 run but the home team responded by scoring 18 of the game’s next 19 points to lead 61-46 with nine minutes remaining. A 16-2 Lake Forest run cut the lead to one and a traditional three-point play by Forester sophomore Victor Campbell (Milwaukee, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) tied the game with 19 seconds on the clock. A Beloit miss was tipped in at the buzzer, giving the Buccaneers the victory.

Rees scored a game-high 21 points on Saturday and the league’s leader in rebounds added seven boards. Walker finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the year. Campbell chipped in with 10 points.

The Foresters shot just 38.3 percent from the field compared to 50.9 for the Vikings. The visitors made eight of 26 three-pointers and all but four of their 19 free throws. Lawrence connected on seven of 17 long-range shots and 21 of 26 free throws. Lake Forest held a 36-33 edge in rebounds but, for the second day in a row, committed 11 turnovers while forcing just six.

The first half included five ties and seven lead changes and ended with the Foresters ahead 38-36. A Vikings free throw with 8:54 to play in the game finished off an 18-1 run and gave Lawrence a 60-47 lead. The difference remained in double figures the rest of the way and reached as many as 20 points.

Lake Forest will travel to Illinois College on Wednesday (February 13) for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off before hosting Grinnell College Saturday afternoon (February 16) at 4:00 for Senior Day.

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