|Lake Forest College Sports Information
January 24, 2004
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID
Foresters Split Pair of MWC Road Games
RIPON, WI - The Lake Forest College men's basketball team moved to 7-8 on the season with a win and a loss in conference play over the weekend (January 23-24). The Foresters ended a two-game losing skid with a 59-53 win at Beloit College on Friday, but fell 56-41 at Ripon College on Saturday.
Sophomore forward Franklyn Beckford (Jacksonville , IL / Jacksonville) led a strong performance at Beloit with his seventh double-double (21 points, 11 rebounds) of the year. Beckford shot 7-for-13 from the field and was perfect from the free throw line (7-for-7). Sophomore guard Greg Klos (Carol Stream , IL /Glenbard North) also played a major role in the Forester win with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Three of his five buckets came from beyond the three-point arc.
The game was back-and-forth for much of a first half that ended in a 29-29 tie. Beloit started the second half with an 11-0 run but the Foresters gradually chipped away at the lead and eventually gained the advantage with 2:29 to play. Beloit was unable to answer this surge and the Foresters won 59-53.
Lake Forest shot 51.3% from the field, including 40% (4-for-10) from three-point range. The visitors held Beloit to 40.7% from the field and just 4-of-17 three-point shooting.
At Ripon, Beckford led the team with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Klos was the only other Forester to score in double figures with 10 points and added four boards. Klos made a trio of three-pointers to account for all of his field goals while Beckford earned half of his points from the free throw line (6-of-8).
Lake Forest led by as many as six points early in the game but the home team fought back and took the lead for good with 6:43 to play in the first half. They led 26-23 at the end of the period. Ripon's lead grew to 13 with a 12-2 run to start the second half. The Foresters failed to put together a run of their own as the deficit grew to as much as 19.
Ripon held the Foresters to just 28.2% shooting from the field. Turnovers played a major role in the outcome with Lake Forest committing 19 to Ripon's nine.
The Foresters will host St. Norbert College (9-6, 6-2 MWC) at 5:30 p.m. on Friday (January 30), and Beloit College (3-12, 2-6) Saturday (January 31) afternoon at 2:00. A pair of victories would make Chris Conger the winningest head coach in Lake Forest College men's basketball history.