|Lake Forest College Sports Information
January 29, 2005
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID
Losses on the Road Drop Lake Forest to .500 in MWC Play
RIPON, WI - The Forester men’s basketball team suffered a pair of Midwest Conference losses on the road over the weekend (January 28-29). Lake Forest was defeated 68-64 at Beloit College Friday night and 59-51 at Ripon College the following afternoon. The defeats drop the Foresters’ overall record to 9-8 and their MWC mark to 5-5. Beloit moved to 7-9 overall and 4-5 in the league while Ripon, the nation’s 22nd-ranked team entering the week, is now 13-4 overall and 7-3 in conference play.
Junior forward Franklyn Beckford (Jacksonville, IL/Jacksonville) scored a game-high 22 points at Beloit. He shot 8-for-10 from the floor and 6-for-7 from the free throw line. Junior guards Greg Klos (Carol Stream, IL/Glenbard North) and Dodd Browning (Champaign, IL/Central) each scored 11 and Browning added four assists and a game-high nine rebounds.
Lake Forest shot 47.8% from the field but just 31.8% (7-for-22) from three-point range. Beloit shot 53.3% from the floor and connected on nine of 16 attempts (56.3%) from beyond the arc. The Foresters out-rebounded the Buccaneers 32-19 and committed 14 turnovers while forcing 11.
The visitors led by as many as eight and trailed by no more than two in a first half that included five ties and as many lead changes. The game was even at 35-35 at intermission. After Beloit scored 10 straight points early in the second half to take an eight-point lead, a 13-2 run by the Foresters gave them a 52-49 lead with 7:34 remaining. The score was tied at 56-56 with 2:48 left before a three-point play by the Buccaneers gave them the lead for good. Lake Forest closed to within one but would get no closer.
Klos, Beckford, and Browning also reached double figures in scoring on Saturday with 14, 11, and 10 points, respectively. Junior forward Brad Rathe (Deer Park, IL/Lake Zurich) pulled down eight rebounds and sophomore guard Brad Wehner (Sheboygan, WI/Sheboygan North) had five assists.
The Foresters had a slight edge over the Red Hawks in field goal percentage (43.5% to 40%) and three-point shooting (31.6% to 20%) but were 5-of-6 from the free throw line while Ripon shot 12-of-16. Lake Forest out-rebounded the home team 32-31 but committed more than twice as many turnovers (13-6).
The visitors led by as many as nine points in the first half but trailed 27-25 at intermission. The teams traded baskets for most of the second half, with neither squad claiming more than a five-point advantage until the closing minutes. The Foresters took a 51-49 advantage with 4:38 to play but, after two minutes of scoreless basketball, were outscored 10-0 in the final two-and-a-half minutes.
Lake Forest will play a pair of home games next weekend (February 5-6). The team will host Carroll College Friday night at 7:30 and St. Norbert College at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.