|Lake Forest College Sports Information
January 31, 2004
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID
Puts Foresters Back in MWC Race, Conger Atop Wins List
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.