|Lake Forest College Sports Information
January 22, 2005
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID
Foresters Split Against Two of Nation’s Top 20 Teams
LAKE FOREST, IL - The Lake Forest College men’s basketball team hosted a pair of fellow Midwest Conference programs over the weekend (January 21-22) that entered the week ranked among the top 20 in the nation. The Foresters defeated #12 Ripon College 80-75 Friday night and fell 70-51 to #17 Lawrence University the following afternoon. Lake Forest is now 9-6 overall this season and 5-3 in league play.
Junior guard Greg Klos (Carol Stream, IL/Glenbard North) led four Foresters who scored in double figures against Ripon. He shot 4-for-10 from three-point range and finished with 17 points. Junior forward Franklyn Beckford (Jacksonville, IL/Jacksonville) was next with 16 points and did not miss a shot in the game. He was 7-for-7 from the floor and 2-for-2 from the free throw line and added a game-high nine rebounds. Junior guard Dodd Browning (Champaign, IL/Central) shot 3-for-5 from beyond the arc and had 15 points and five assists. Senior forward Eric McDonald (Elk Grove, IL/Elk Grove) had 14 points, six rebounds, and four assists.
Lake Forest shot 65% from the field in the game and 52.4% (11-for-21) from three-point range. The Red Hawks shot 50.8% from the floor and made five of 14 (35.7%) three-pointers. The Foresters out-rebounded their guests 27-26 but committed 14 turnovers while forcing just six.
There were four ties and the lead changed hands 10 times in the first half, which ended with the Red Hawks leading 38-36. The visitors led by as many as eight points (11-3) early in the period and did not trail by more than two before halftime. Ripon extended its advantage to six points in the second half and led 56-51 with 11 minutes to play before Klos scored eight points in a 13-0 Forester run. Lake Forest kept kept its lead between three and eight points throughout the game’s final eight-and-a-half minutes.
Klos, Browning, and Beckford scored in double figures again on Saturday with 12, 11, and 10 points, respectively, and the three combined to shoot 10-for-20 from the field, 2-for-7 from three-point range, and 11-for-12 from the foul line.
The Foresters shot just 38.6% from the floor and 21.4% from beyond the arc. The team did, however, match the second-best free throw shooting percentage in team history by missing just once in 15 attempts. Lawrence shot 52.9% from the field and 36.8% (7-for-19) on three-pointers. Lake Forest pulled down one more rebound (25-24) than the Vikings but committed more than twice as many turnovers (13-6).
Lawrence led by as many as 12 points (23-11) in the first period and 32-24 at halftime. The margin was back in double figures early in the second half and reached as many as 22 points late in the game.
Lake Forest will play a pair of MWC road games next weekend (January 27-28). The Foresters will play at Beloit College Friday night at 7:30 and at Ripon the following afternoon at 4:00.