|Lake Forest College Sports Information
January 18, 2003
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID
Tough Weekend on the Road for Foresters
APPLETON, WI - The Forester men's basketball team dropped a pair of games on the road this weekend (January 17-18). Lake Forest was defeated 80-68 at Carroll College on Friday and 73-60 at Lawrence University on Saturday. The team's overall record is now 2-10, which includes a Midwest Conference mark of 1-4.
At Carroll, sophomore forward Eric McDonald (Elk Grove, IL/Elk Grove) led the Foresters with 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field. He also had 10 rebounds, an assist, and blocked shot, a steal, and no turnovers. Freshman guard Greg Klos (Carol Stream, IL/Glenbard North) chipped in 11 points.
Lake Forest shot 49.0% from the field (25/51), 76.5% (13/17) from the free throw line, and out-rebounded the Pioneers 38-27. Carroll committed just nine turnovers and connected on 11 of 24 (45.8%) three-point field goal attempts.
The home team scored the game's first eight points and led by as many as 16 (30-14) in the first half. The Foresters cut the lead to eight but trailed 37-24 by halftime. A 16-4 Pioneer run to open the second gave the home team a 53-28 lead. Lake Forest runs of 11-2 and 10-4 cut the lead to 13 points (64-51) with 5:45 to play but it wasn't until the final basket of the game with 10 seconds left that the visitors got any closer.
McDonald was again the team's leading scorer and rebounder on Saturday. He shot 9-for-12 from the floor, scored 20 points, and pulled down seven boards. Senior guard Lee Taylor (Sheldon, IA/Sheldon) also reached double figures with 13 points.
Shooting percentages for the teams were nearly identical. Lake Forest was 44.9% from the field, 31.2% from three-point range, and 64.7% from the line. Lawrence connected 45.9% of the time from the field, 29.2% from long-range, and 66.7% from the charity stripe. Both teams had 33 rebounds. The Foresters had 15 turnovers while the Vikings lost the ball just 10 times.
Lawrence led 36-35 after a close first half during which neither team led by more than six points. A 15-2 run by the home team early in the second half turned a three-point Forester lead into a 10-point deficit. A 10-0 Viking run later in the period put the game out of reach.
Lake Forest will play three MWC games at home next week. The Foresters will host Knox College (5-7, 2-3 MWC) on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Next weekend (January 24-25), Beloit College (5-8, 3-3) will visit Lake Forest on Friday and Ripon College (11-2, 5-1) will be in town on Saturday.