Lake Forest College Sports Information
January 20, 2007
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID

Lake Forest Prevails at MWC’s Two First-Place Teams
Foresters knock off Carroll and Ripon

Jeremy Beyersdorf
RIPON, Wis. - The Forester men’s basketball team traveled to Carroll College and Ripon College, two teams that entered the weekend (January 19-20) atop the Midwest Conference standings with identical 5-1 league records. Lake Forest knocked off Carroll 72-70 Friday night and Ripon 62-49 on Saturday to raise its overall record to 8-7 and conference mark to 4-4.

Four Foresters scored in double figures at Carroll, led by freshman forward Hoyt Rees (Yorkville, Ill./Yorkville) with 18. Junior forward Laird Walker (Chicago, Ill./Whitney M. Young Magnet) scored 16 points, led the team with four assists, and matched Rees with a game-high eight rebounds. Senior forward Brad Wehner (Sheboygan, Wis./Sheboygan North) and sophomore forward Patrick Hanley (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) chipped in with a dozen points each.

Lake Forest shot 45.6 percent from the field, 5-for-15 from three-point range and 15-21 from the foul line. The Pioneers made 43.1 percent of their field goal attempts, six of 19 shots from beyond the arc and 14 of 19 from the line. The visitors held a 35-34 edge in rebounds and both teams committed 10 turnovers.

Carroll led by as many as seven points in the first half and 35-31 at intermission. The Pioneers extended the margin to 10 points early in the second half but the Foresters scored seven points in a row later in the period and took their first lead of the game on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Jeremy Beyersdorf (Neenah, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran) with 7:13 to play. There were seven ties and 10 lead changes in the last seven minutes. The contest’s final basket broke a 70-70 tie and was scored by Wehner with less than five seconds remaining.

Beyersdorf led all players with 18 points on Saturday and shot 7-for-7 from the field, 2-for-2 from three-point range, and 2-for-2 from the foul line. Walker had 16 points and eight rebounds for the second straight day, Rees led the squad with nine boards, and Hanley finished with seven points, eight rebounds, and a game-high seven assists.

The Foresters shot 46.2 percent from the floor, 3-for-13 from beyond the arc, and 11-for-17 from the free throw line. The Red Hawks made 31.3 percent of their field goal attempts, six of 22 shots from three-point range, and one of three free throws. Lake Forest out-rebounded the home team 45-35 and committed 18 turnovers while forcing 15.

There were seven ties and five lead changes in the first half, which ended with Ripon leading 33-26. The Foresters trailed 42-36 with 10:52 to play but out-scored the Red Hawks 22-2 over the next nine-plus minutes to put the game out of reach.

Lake Forest will host Monmouth College Tuesday (January 23) night at 7:30.

Lake Forest - Carroll Box Score
Lake Forest - Ripon Box Score