|Lake Forest College Sports Information
January 28, 2006
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID
Lake Forest Drops Home Games to Beloit and Ripon
LAKE FOREST, IL - The Forester men’s basketball team fell twice at home to fellow Midwest Conference members over the weekend (January 27-28). Beloit College defeated Lake Forest 60-57 Friday night and Ripon College won 82-54 on Saturday. The Foresters are now 5-12 overall and 3-7 in league play this season. Beloit raised its record to 8-8 overall and 4-5 in the league while Ripon moved to 6-10 overall and 5-5 in the MWC.
Senior forward Franklyn Beckford (Jacksonville, IL/Jacksonville) led the home team with 15 points and seven rebounds against Beloit. Senior guard Greg Klos (Carol Stream, IL/Glenbard North) was next on the squad with 14 points and shot 4-for-8 from three-point range. Senior guard Adesina Benton (Richton Park, IL/Argo) led the team with six assists while Beckford and Klos each added three.
Both teams shot approximately 44% from the floor. The Foresters made eight of 20 attempts from three-point range and shot 13-for-19 from the foul line. The Buccaneers were 4-for-11 from beyond the arc and 8-for-11 at the line. Both squads committed a dozen turnovers and the Bucs held a 35-23 in rebounds.
There were five ties and six lead changes in the first half. Beloit led by as many as seven points and the Foresters’ largest advantage was three points in the period, which ended with the home team clinging to a 32-31 advantage. Lake Forest extended its lead to nine points (45-36) with 12:21 to play before a 9-0 Beloit run tied the score three minutes later. The visitors took the lead for good on a layup with six minutes to play. The Bucs led by seven with 2:24 to go but the Foresters scored the game’s next six points to pull to within one with 43 seconds on the clock. A Beloit jumper with nine ticks left sealed the win.
Beckford was the only Forester in double figures with 13 points on Saturday. He also led all players with nine rebounds. Benton and junior guard Brad Wehner (Sheboygan, WI/Sheboygan North) each scored eight points and added three assists.
The Foresters scored the game’s first nine points and led 13-2 after three-and-a-half minutes of play. The Red Hawks, however, outscored the home team 35-10 during the remainder of the opening half. The difference reached 20 points early in the second half and as many as 31 points late in the game.
Lake Forest will continue Midwest Conference play at Knox College on Tuesday (January 31). Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.