Lake Forest College Sports Information
January 16, 2004
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID

Carroll Hands Foresters First Loss of 2004
McDonald leads Lake Forest with 19 points

Eric McDonald surpassed the 900-point mark for his career.
LAKE FOREST, IL - The Forester men’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the calendar year Friday (January 16), a 65-60 defeat at home to Carroll College. Lake Forest’s overall record on the season dropped to 6-6 and its Midwest Conference mark fell to 3-2. Carroll moved into a fourth-place tie with the Foresters at 3-2 in the league and raised its overall record to 7-5.

Junior forward Eric McDonald (Elk Grove, IL/Elk Grove) led all scorers with 19 points and added seven rebounds, two assists, a blocked shot, and a steal. He surpassed the 900-point mark for his career early in the game and finished the contest with 914 in his two-and-a-half seasons.

For the fifth straight game, sophomore guard Greg Klos (Carol Stream, IL/Glenbard North) was second on the team in scoring. He had 16 points, four rebounds, and two assists on Friday. Sophomore forward Franklyn Beckford (Jacksonville, IL/Jacksonville) recorded his third consecutive double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds, twice as many as anyone else in the game.

The Foresters shot just 39% from the floor and 22.2% from three-point range. The Pioneers made 44.6% of their field goal attempts and shot 31.6% from beyond the arc. Lake Forest out-rebounded the visitors 35-30 but committed 10 turnovers, three more than Carroll.

The Foresters scored first and led by as many as five points twice in the opening minutes of the game. Carroll took its first lead with 11:36 to play in the half and also led by as many as five before intermission. Klos hit a pair of free throws with 49 seconds left in the half to tie the score but a Pioneer layup with 15 seconds remaining gave the visitors a 32-30 halftime advantage.

Carroll took a six-point lead, the largest margin of the game, early in the second half, but the home team battled back and went ahead by one (44-43) on a Klos three-pointer with 12:45 to play. Carroll scored six straight to regain the advantage but a 7-0 run by the Foresters put them ahead 55-53 with 4:42 left. The Pioneers tied the score at 55 and again at 57 before taking the lead for good with 2:46 to go. A three-point play by Beckford brought Lake Forest to within one (61-60) with 1:40 remaining but Carroll scored the game’s final four points to claim the victory.

The Foresters will play on the road three times next week. They will travel to Illinois College Tuesday (January 20) night for a 7:30 tip-off. Next weekend (January 23-24), Lake Forest will play at Beloit College on Friday and at Ripon College on Saturday.

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