Lake Forest College Sports Information
January 10, 2009
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID

Lake Forest Wins by Three at Knox College
Team will host three games in next seven days

Travis Clark
Victor Campbell
GALESBURG, Ill. - The Forester men's basketball team edged out host Knox College 54-51 on Saturday (January 10). Lake Forest is now 2-8 overall this season and 1-2 in Midwest Conference play. The Prairie Fire fell to 0-10 overall and 0-4 in the league.

Forester freshman post player Travis Clark (Evanston, Ill./Evanston) and junior forward Victor Campbell (Milwaukee, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) led the visitors with 10 points apiece. Clark shot 5-for-8 from the field and added a game-high seven rebounds. Junior forward Patrick Hanley (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) led the squad with five assists and senior guard Matt Desjardins (Peoria, Ill./Richwoods) with three steals.

The Foresters shot 42.6 percent from the field, 4-for-20 from three-point range, and 4-for-7 from the free throw line. Knox shot 44.2 percent from the floor, made four of 16 three-pointers, and knocked down nine of 17 shots from the foul line. Lake Forest was out-rebounded 34-28 but committed just 10 turnovers while forcing 15.

Lake Forest led by as many as five points and Knox by three in a first half that included six ties and five lead changes. The Foresters took a 29-28 advantage into the locker room at halftime.

The Prairie Fire outscored their guests12-4 during the first six-plus minutes of the second half, taking a 40-33 lead. A 13-2 Forester run over the next eight minutes gave the visitors a 46-42 lead with 5:37 to play. Knox scored nine of the game's next 11 points to regain the advantage. A jumper by Campbell cut the deficit to one (51-50) with 2:24 to play and a basket by senior guard Jeremy Beyersdorf (Neenah, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran) gave Lake Forest the lead with 44 seconds left. Beyersdorf also secured the defensive rebound on Knox's next possession and, after a foul with 15 seconds remaining, Hanley made both free throws for the game's final points.

The Foresters will play their first home game in more than a month when they host Grinnell College at 7:00 Tuesday night (January 13). Lake Forest will also host Beloit College at the same time on Friday (January 16) and Lawrence University the next day at 5:00 p.m. Watch live video webcasts of all league games at

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