Lake Forest College Sports Information
November 26, 2006
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID

Foresters Win Close Games over Edgewood and Illinois Tech
Team is now 3-1 on the season

Brad Wehner
LAKE FOREST, Ill. - The Lake Forest College men’s basketball team recorded a pair of victories over the weekend (November 25-26), winning 62-61 at Edgewood College on Saturday and 76-69 overal Illinois Institute of Technology on Sunday. The Foresters are now 3-1 on the season. Edgewood fell to 1-2 and Illinois Tech to 2-5.

Four Lake Forest players scored in double figures on Saturday, led by senior Brad Wehner (Sheboygan, Wis./Sheboygan North) with 14. Junior forward Laird Walker (Chicago, Ill./Whitney M. Young Magnet) scored a dozen and both freshman guard Victor Campbell (Milwaukee, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) and freshman forward Hoyt Rees (Yorkville, Ill./Yorkville) added 10. Walker and Rees tied for the team lead with six rebounds apiece. Rees and sophomore forward Patrick Hanley (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) led the squad with three assists each and sophomore guard Jeremy Beyersdorf (Neenah, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran) had three steals.

The Foresters shot 48.9 percent from the field, 7-for-15 from three-point range, and 9-for-20 from the free throw line. Edgewood made just over 40 percent of the field goal attempts, shot 3-for-10 from beyond the arc, and missed just three times in 23 shots from the foul line. The home team out-rebounded Lake Forest 34-25 and both teams committed 16 turnovers.

The Foresters led by as many as eight points in the first half and 28-25 at intermission. The Lake Forest advantage reached 10 points with 12 minutes to play but an 11-2 Edgewood run quickly cut it to one. The home team later scored eight straight points to take a three-point lead but two free throws and a basket by Wehner in the final 63 seconds of the game gave the Foresters the victory.

Thanks in part to a 9-for-11 performance at the foul line, Beyersdorf led Lake Forest with a career-high 19 points on Sunday. Wehner, Campbell, and Rees each scored 13 and Hanley added 10. Rees led the squad with eight boards, Wehner had three assists, and Rees and Beyersdorf each recorded three steals.

Lake Forest shot just 41.4 percent from the field while the Scarlet Hawks shot 48.3. The home team was 8-for-21 from beyond the arc and 20-for-35 from the line. Illinois Tech made five of 14 three pointers and eight of 14 free throws. Lake Forest was out-rebounded 40-37 but won the turnover battle 21-16.

The lead changed hands on five consecutive baskets in the middle of the first half before the Foresters pulled away to a 29-17 lead. The home team was ahead 34-25 at halftime. Lake Forest led by as many as 10 points six times in the second half. The Hawks came back to tie the score but the Foresters made 12 of 16 free throws in the final few minutes to put the game away.

Lake Forest will begin Midwest Conference play at Lawrence University Friday (December 1) night at 7:30 and at Beloit the following afternoon at 4:00.

Lake Forest - Edgewood Box Score
Lake Forest - Illinois Tech Box Score