|Lake Forest College Sports Information
January 16th, 2001
Contact: Scott Rucker, SID
Alone Atop MWC After 67-54 Victory at Monmouth
The 2000-01 Foresters have consistently received significant all-around contributions from their guards, and this game was no different. Junior Brian Bruha (Hillsboro, WI/Hillsboro) led the way with a team-high 15 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals. Sophomore Lee Taylor (Sheldon, IA/Sheldon) scored 11 points and matched Bruha's totals in the other three categories. Fellow sophomore Fred Bell (Mequon, WI/Homestead) scored 13 points, pulled down 6 boards, dished out a pair of assists and added 4 steals. Bruha's point total tied Monmouth's leading scorer and he and Taylor had the game-high in rebounds.
For the sixth consecutive game, senior center J.R. Jurecko (Libertyville, IL/Libertyville) scored in double-figures as he dropped in 11 points. Jurecko led the Foresters with 3 assists and was successful on 5 of his 8 field goal attempts, marking the fourth game in a row and ninth of the season that he has made at least half his shots from the field.
Lake Forest shot 50% from the floor as a team, and limited Monmouth to just 30%. The Foresters entered the game leading the MWC in both field goal percentage offense (53.5%) and defense (39.0%). They also entered the game second in the league in three-point field goal percentage at 36.2% and made 7 of 14 attempts from behind the arc on Tuesday.
The Foresters fell behind 4-2 early but then took over and led by as many as 17 in the first half, which ended with the visitors holding a 40-27 lead. Monmouth cut the lead to five (48-43) with just over ten minutes to play before Lake Forest went on a 13-3 run to put the game out of reach.
The Foresters will stay home for two games this weekend when they host St. Norbert College on Friday (January 19th) and Lawrence University on Saturday (January 20th). Both opponents are just a game behind the Foresters in the MWC standings at 4-2.