Lake Forest College Sports Information
January 27th, 2001
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Win at St. Norbert Gives #14 Foresters Best Record Since 1915
Jurecko records fifth double-double of season

J.R. Jurecko led the Foresters with 12 points and 11 rebounds on Saturday.
DE PERE, WI - The Lake Forest College men's basketball team continued its fantastic season Saturday (January 27th) afternoon with a 57-54 victory at St. Norbert College. The win completed a 2-0 weekend road trip for the Foresters (They defeated Carroll College 67-57 on Friday.) during which they raised their Midwest Conference record to 9-1. The team reached 14-2 overall for the first time in school history, with the only better record accomplished by the 1914-15 team that completed their season 12-1.

Senior center J.R. Jurecko (Libertyville, IL/Libertyville), Lake Forest's leading scorer and rebounder on the season, also led them in both categories on Saturday with 12 points and a game-high 11 boards. Jurecko shot 4-of-7 from the field and made 4-of-5 from the free throw line. It marked the fifth time this year that Jurecko has reached double-figures in both points and rebounds in the same game.

The Foresters received at least 5 points from six other players, including sophomore guard Dave DeLong (Slinger, WI/Slinger). Pressed into a greater role than usual by foul trouble among the other guards, DeLong scored a career-high 6 points on 2-of-2 shooting from both the field and the free throw line in nine minutes of play. Junior guard Brian Bruha (Hillsboro, WI/Hillsboro) turned in another all-around performance, scoring 8 points, pulling down 8 rebounds and dishing out a game-high 4 assists.

Making baskets continues to be a difficult task for Forester opponents this season. While Lake Forest connected on 20 of 43 of their field goal attempts (46.5%), St. Norbert made just 18 of 56 shots from the field (32.1%). The Foresters entered the week as one of the top two defensive teams in the country in terms of field goal percentage (36.4%), and clamped down even harder this weekend, allowing Carroll and St. Norbert to shoot a combined 32.8%.

Lake Forest opened up a nine-point lead (22-13) early in the game before St. Norbert went on a 13-2 run to close out the first half with a 26-24 lead. The Foresters took the lead for good with 17:41 to go and built it to as many as ten. St. Norbert fought to within two points (47-45) at the 4:38 mark before Lake Forest took the lead back up to eight (56-48) with 1:25 to go. St. Norbert made a three-point shot with just four seconds left for the game's final score.

The Foresters' lead in the Midwest Conference is three games with just six league match-ups to play. Next on the schedule is a home game against Ripon College next Friday (February 2nd) at 7:30 PM. Ripon (8-7 overall, 5-4 MWC) gave Lake Forest their only league loss in the last two regular seasons when they defeated the Foresters 65-58 in Ripon on January 13th.

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