Lake Forest College Sports Information
January 12, 2008
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID

Three Foresters Score 20 or More in Victory at Grinnell College
Laird Walker, Hoyt Rees, and Jeremy Beyersdorf combined for 74 points

Hoyt Rees
GRINNELL, Iowa - The Lake Forest College men’s basketball team won 96-88 at Grinnell College on Saturday (January 12). The Foresters are now 6-5 overall and 2-2 in Midwest Conference play. The Pioneers fell to 8-3 overall and 3-1 in the league.

Senior forward Laird Walker (Chicago, Ill./Whitney M. Young Magnet) scored a game-high 28 points. He shot 10-for-12 from the field and pulled down seven rebounds. Sophomore forward Hoyt Rees (Yorkville, Ill./Yorkville) was next on the team with 24 points and led all players in the game with a career-high 18 rebounds. He was 9-for-13 from the field and added five assists and four steals. After establishing a new career-high with 20 points on Tuesday at Monmouth, junior guard Jeremy Beyersdorf (Neenah, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran) set a new personal best with 22 at Grinnell. He knocked down eight of 10 shots from the field and dished out a game-high nine assists. It was the first time since another game at Grinnell in December of 2001 that three Foresters scored at least 20 points in the same contest.

Lake Forest shot 73.9 percent from the field, made its only attempt from three-point range, and shot 61.4 percent (27-for-44) from the foul line. Grinnell shot 31.3 percent from the field, made 15 of 64 shots from beyond the arc, and knocked down 13 of 23 free throws. The Foresters held a 47-41 edge in rebounds and committed 25 turnovers while forcing 12.

The Pioneers started the contest with a three-pointer and led by as many as five points early in the game. A Beyersdorf layup with nine minutes to play in the first half was part of a 12-0 Forester run that put the visitors ahead for good. A 9-0 run by Lake Forest extended the lead into double figures later in the period and the margin grew to as many as 16 before the half ended with the Foresters leading 60-49. It was the fifth-highest scoring half in Lake Forest College history.

Grinnell opened the second half with an 11-2 run to pull to within four points (62-58) with 17 minutes to play. The home team trimmed the margin to just two points (68-66) with just less than 13 minutes left but would get no closer. Lake Forest scored the game’s next eight points before surrendering seven in a row to make the score 76-73 with nine minutes left. An 11-0 Foresters run beginning with six minutes left took the lead back up to 16 points (91-75) with 2:47 left and the visitors hung on for the victory.

The Foresters will continue its league schedule with two more road games next weekend (January 18-19). Lake Forest will play at Ripon College Friday night at 7:30 and at St. Norbert College Saturday at 4:00 in the afternoon.

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