Lake Forest College Sports Information
January 2nd, 2001
Contact:  Scott Rucker, SID

#12 Foresters Suffer First Loss of Season at Lynn University
Height disadvantage too much to overcome

Brian Bruha had 13 points and a game-high 12 rebounds Wednesday at Lynn University.
BOCA RATON, FL - The Lake Forest College men's basketball team will return from Florida with a split in its games against two difficult opponents. The second of those opponents, NCAA Division II Lynn University, became the first this season to defeat Lake Forest with their 77-59 victory on Tuesday (January 2nd).

Lynn's roster includes seven players at least as tall as Lake Forest's second-tallest (6'5") and the Foresters' height disadvantage led to turnovers (30) and missed shots. Lake Forest, who boasts the second-best shooting percentage among all Division III schools, shot a season-low 33.9% from the field in the loss.

The Foresters were able to overcome the height disadvantage on the boards, though, as they pulled down 45 rebounds to Lynn's 33. Junior guard Brian Bruha (Hillsboro, WI/Hillsboro), who stands 5'10", had a game-high 12 rebounds to go with his 13 points and 6 steals.

Fellow junior guard Bryan Bertola (Green Bay, WI/Bay Port) led the Foresters with 15 points on 5-10 shooting from 3-point range. Senior center J.R. Jurecko (Libertyville, IL/Libertyville) was the only other Lake Forest player scoring in double figures with 11.

After falling behind 9-0, the Foresters fought back and took the lead twice during the first half, the last time at 22-20 with 6:45 to go. They trailed by eight at halftime and were unable to get any closer than seven after that.

Lake Forest, the 12th-ranked team in the nation (according to, is now 6-1 on the season and will play its next 15 games against Midwest Conference opponents. They will resume defense of their MWC title this Saturday (January 6th) afternoon at Knox College, with tip-off at approximately 4:00 PM.

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