Lake Forest College Sports Information
January 31, 2004
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID

Weekend Sweep Puts Foresters Back in MWC Race, Conger Atop Wins List
Team defeats St. Norbert and Beloit


Chris Conger has the most coaching wins in team history.
LAKE FOREST, IL - The Lake Forest College men’s basketball team won back-to-back home games over the weekend (January 30-31), vaulting Head Coach Chris Conger into first place in the school’s career wins list. The Foresters improved their record to 9-8 (6-4 MWC) with a 56-53 victory over St. Norbert College on Friday and a 59-58 triumph over Beloit College on Saturday.

Sophomore guard Greg Klos (Carol Stream, IL/Glenbard North) led the team in scoring on Friday with 18 points. Klos was 6-for-13 from the field and made three of eight three-point attempts, including the game winner. Junior forward Eric McDonald (Elk Grove, IL/Elk Grove) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and a blocked shot. He accounted for seven of his points at the free throw line. Sophomore forward Franklyn Beckford (Jacksonville, IL/Jacksonville) chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds.

St. Norbert began the game with an 8-0 run, but Lake Forest quickly gained focus. St. Norbert led for much of a first half that closed with the visitors ahead by one. With seven lead changes in the second half, the game never seemed out of reach for either team. After a St. Norbert jumper tied the game at 53 with 39 seconds remaining, the Foresters called a timeout. After running the clock down, Klos hit the game-winning three-pointer with 3.4 seconds left.

In a defensive battle Lake Forest and St. Norbert shot 39.1% and 40.0%, respectively. The main statistical difference in the extremely close game was Lake Forest’s ability to get to the free throw line, where they shot 15-of-18 while the Green Knights were just 4-of-6.

McDonald remained hot against Beloit and led the team with 21 points and 8 rebounds. He shot 8-for-12 from the floor and 5-for-6 from the free throw line. Beckford also scored in double figures with 12 points and added five rebounds.

After a McDonald layup with 15:36 to go in the first half put the Foresters up 9-8, the lead was never relinquished. However, the game was close throughout with the lead never growing to more than seven. Beloit connected on a three-pointer with 15 seconds to play to pull to within three. After a pair of missed free throws by Lake Forest, the Forester defense held up on the perimeter and allowed just a harmless layup with less than a second on the clock.

The Foresters will continue conference play on the road next weekend (February 6-7) against two programs that are currently ahead of them in the standings. The team will take on Lawrence University (14-2, 8-1 MWC) at 7:30 Friday night and Carroll College (12-6, 8-3 MWC) Saturday afternoon at 4:00.

Lake Forest - St. Norbert Box Score
Lake Forest - Beloit Box Score