Lake Forest College Sports Information
January 20th, 2001
Contact:  Scott Rucker, SID

Foresters Avenge Last Year's Season-Ending Loss to Lawrence 73-64
MWC lead increases to two-and-a-half games

J.R. Jurecko had 16 points and 10 rebounds on Saturday.
LAKE FOREST, IL - Playing their third game this week and sixth in twelve days, the Lake Forest College men's basketball team was fueled by revenge and a loud crowd in their 73-64 win at home over Lawrence University Saturday (January 20th) evening. The Foresters' 1999-2000 season was cut short by a loss to Lawrence in the semi-finals of the Midwest Conference Tournament. At 12-2 overall on the season and, more importantly, 7-1 in the MWC, their lead is up to 2½ games over second-place Grinnell College (4-3).

Four Foresters scored in double-figures, led by junior guard Bryan Bertola (Green Bay, WI/Bay Port) and senior center J.R. Jurecko (Libertyville, IL/Libertyville) with 16 points each. Bertola connected on 4 of 5 three-pointers and both of his field goal attempts from inside the arc to account for his scoring total. Jurecko, a 64.3% free throw shooter, made 6-of-6 from the line and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.

Junior guard Brian Bruha (Hillsboro, WI/Hillsboro) scored all 15 of his points in the second half. Bruha went 6-for-6 from the line and added 6 rebounds, 3 steals and a game-high 5 assists. Sophomore guard Fred Bell (Mequon, WI/Homestead) scored 13 points for the third consecutive game, making 3-of-5 from behind the three-point line.

Lake Forest made 8 of 15 three-point attempts and 23 of 27 free throws while out-rebounding the Vikings 44-30. The Foresters lead the MWC in field goal percentage defense, overall and from three-point range. Lawrence shot just 36.2% from the floor and only 26.7% from behind the arc.

Lake Forest scored the game's first five points and never trailed. Lawrence tied the game at 5 and again at 9 before the Foresters took the lead for good. The home team had runs of 8-0 and 9-0 before going into the locker room ahead 36-28. The lead grew to as many as 17 points in the second half before Lawrence chipped away and got it to 5 with just over a minute to go. Lake Forest went 10-for-10 from the line in the last 2+ minutes to prevent the Vikings from completing the comeback.

The Foresters will be in action again next weekend when they travel to Carroll College on Friday (January 26th) for an 8:00 game and to St. Norbert on Saturday (January 27th) for a 4:00 tip-off. Carroll is 3-5 in the MWC and St. Norbert is one of five teams tied for third place at 4-4. 

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