|Lake Forest College Sports Information
January 8, 2005
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID
Wehner Sets School Record with 18 Assists in Victory Over Grinnell
LAKE FOREST, IL - The Lake Forest College men’s basketball team remained undefeated (4-0) in Midwest Conference play with a 106-99 victory at home over Grinnell College on Saturday (January 8). The Foresters are now 8-3 overall and have won seven straight games. The Pioneers fell to 4-6 overall and 1-2 in the league.
Sophomore guard Brad Wehner (Sheboygan, WI/Sheboygan North) set a school record with 18 assists in the game. He also scored seven points and pulled down four rebounds. Junior forwards Franklyn Beckford (Jacksonville, IL/Jacksonville) and Henry Wimp (Chicago, IL/DeLaSalle) each recorded career-highs with 45 and 27 points, respectively. Beckford shot 19-for-22 from the floor and 7-for-9 from the free throw line while posting the second-highest scoring total in school history. He also pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds. Wimp made each of his 12 field goal attempts and three shots from the foul line. Fellow junior forward Brad Rathe (Deer Park, IL/Lake Zurich) chipped in with 15 points.
The Foresters’ .827 field goal percentage in the game is the third-best mark in school history. The team also shot 1-for-4 from three-point range and 19-for30 (63.3%) from the foul line. Grinnell shot 43.5% from the field, 30.2% (16-for-53) from beyond the arc, and 69.2% (9-for-13) from the line. Lake Forest out-rebounded the visitors 36-28, committed 23 turnovers, and forced 13 Pioneer miscues. The Foresters’ 35 assists in the contest match the second-highest total in team history.
There were six ties and 10 lead changes in the first half alone. Grinnell led for the majority of the period and by as many as six points. Lake Forest grabbed the lead five times but never by more than two points. A Grinnell basket with five seconds left in the period gave the visitors a 63-61 halftime lead.
Beckford’s three-point play just four seconds into the second half gave Lake Forest the lead again but a three-pointer from Grinnell six seconds later put the visitors back on top. The score was tied at 66, 68, 70, and 78 and the Pioneers’ 80-79 advantage turned out to be their last lead of the game. Seven straight points by the Foresters put the home team ahead by six with 9:37 to play and that lead fluctuated between three and six points for the next seven minutes. A Grinnell basket with 2:20 left cut the margin to two (96-94) and was followed up by five-point runs by each team, leaving the home team clinging to a 101-99 lead with just over a minute remaining. Lake Forest held the Pioneers scoreless the rest of the way and dropped in five points of their own to account for the final score.
The Foresters will be on the road next weekend (January 14-15). The team will take on St. Norbert College Friday night at 7:30 and Carroll College the following afternoon at 4:00.Box Score