Lake Forest College Sports Information
January 26th, 2001
Contact:  Scott Rucker, SID

#14 Foresters Defeat Carroll 67-57 to Take 3-Game MWC Lead
Team's 13-2 record best since 1976-77

Bryan Bertola made 4 of 7 three-point shots and led the Foresters with 14 points.
WAUKESHA, WI - The Lake Forest College men's basketball team embarked on it's only Midwest Conference road weekend of the season and left the first stop with a 67-57 victory at Carroll College. The win raises the Foresters' overall record to 13-2, matching the 1976-77 team for the best record after 15 games in school history. (The 1914-15 team went 12-1 for the entire season.)  The squad's MWC mark is now 8-1, a full three games ahead of any other team in the league.

Lake Forest had four players score in double-figures, led by junior guard Bryan Bertola (Green Bay, WI/Bay Port) with 14 points. Bertola made 4-of-7 from three-point range, raising his long-distance shooting accuracy that was already ranked fifth in the nation at the beginning of the week at 51.4%. He also leads the MWC with a 51.4% accuracy from downtown in league games.

Sophomore guard Lee Taylor (Sheldon, IA/Sheldon) added 12 points to go with his 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Senior center J.R. Jurecko (Libertyville, IL/Libertyville), the team's leading scorer and rebounder on the season at 13.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, scored 11 and pulled down 7 boards. Sophomore forward Evan Powers (Bondurant, IA/Bondurant-Farrar) scored 10 and added a game-high 8 rebounds. Lake Forest out-rebounded Carroll 41-36.

As they have done all season, the Foresters stopped their opponent from getting good shots. Lake Forest entered the week among the top two team in the country (Division I, II and III) in field goal percentage defense at 36.3% and held Carroll to just 34.5% Friday night.

More than two minutes passed before the game saw its first score, a bucket by Carroll's Jon Herre, and it took two more minutes before Taylor's three-pointer put the Foresters on the scoreboard and gave them a 3-2 lead. Lake Forest led by as many as six numerous times in the first half, which ended with the visitors ahead 24-19. The second half featured eight lead changes, with the Foresters going ahead for good on a three-point shot from Bertola with 9:23 to go, making the score 45-43. Lake Forest went on an 18-7 run to go ahead by 12 points, their largest lead of the game, with just over a minute left.

The other game of the road trip will be tomorrow (January 27th) at St. Norbert College at 4:00 PM. As a result of their 66-51 victory over Monmouth College tonight, the Green Knights are one of five teams tied for second place in the Midwest Conference at 5-4, three full games behind the Foresters.

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