Lake Forest College Sports Information
January 26, 2008
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID

Foresters Remain at .500 in MWC Play after Weekend Split
Team defeats Carroll, falls to Ripon

Victor Campbell
Laird Walker
LAKE FOREST, Ill. - The Lake Forest College men’s basketball split pair of Midwest Conference home games over the weekend (January 25-26), defeating Carroll College 66-61 Friday night and falling 75-68 to Ripon College on Saturday. The Foresters are now 8-7 overall and 4-4 in league play.

Sophomore guard Victor Campbell (Milwaukee, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) led Lake Forest in scoring in both contests. His 20 points and nine rebounds on Friday led all players in the contest, with 15 of his points coming on 5-for-9 shooting from three-point range. Sophomore forward Hoyt Rees (Yorkville, Ill./Yorkville) was next on the squad with 14 points and he added seven rebounds and four assists. Senior forward Laird Walker (Chicago, Ill./Whitney M. Young Magnet) chipped in with 12 points, six rebounds, and three assists and freshman forward Pat Ebbing (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) also reached double figures with 10 points.

The Foresters shot 48 percent from the field, including a 9-for-17 performance from three-point range, and made nine of 14 foul shots. Carroll connected on 41.7 percent of their field goal attempts, including six of 21 from beyond the arc, and made five of eight free throws. Lake Forest owned a 35-30 advantage in rebounds and committed 15 turnovers while forcing nine.

Lake Forest took the lead for good on a three-pointer by Rees with 11:22 to play in the first half. The home team extended the lead to as many as 10 points in the first half and went into the locker room at halftime ahead 37-30. The margin never reached double figures in the second half and the Pioneers cut the difference to a single point five times in the period, the last with 1:43 remaining. A Campbell three-pointer on the next possession gave the Foresters some breathing room and helped preserve the victory.

Campbell scored 16 points on Saturday, Walker had 14 to go with his nine rebounds and three assists, junior guard Jeremy Beyersdorf (Neenah, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran) scored a dozen, and Ebbing finished with 10 again. Rees fell just short of double figures with nine points but added 11 rebounds, five assists, and a pair of steals.

Ripon scored the game’s first two baskets and led throughout the contest. The margin reached 12 points midway through the first half, 13 (44-31) at halftime, and 20 with 14 minutes to play in the contest. The Foresters chipped away at the deficit, trimmed it to single digits with two-and-a-half minutes left, and trailed by five after three Campbell free throws with 10 seconds remaining.

The Foresters’ next two games will also be at home against conference foes. The team will host Illinois College Tuesday night (January 29) at 7:30 and Knox College Saturday (February 2) at 4:00 p.m.

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