|Lake Forest College Sports Information
November 28th, 2000
Contact: Scott Rucker, SID
Lake Forest Upends
Univ. of Chicago, Nation's Fifth-Ranked Team
CHICAGO, IL - Lake Forest College snapped the longest home winning streak in NCAA Division III when they knocked off University of Chicago, 85-67, on Tuesday night in a non-conference match-up. Chicago entered the game ranked fifth in the nation, according to D3Hoops.com, and was ranked as high as third (Division III News preseason poll) in the country.
Chicago's (4-1) only lead of the game came at 8-6.
Lake Forest (2-0) opened up a 34-17 halftime lead by going on a 26-9 run over the last 9:47 of the first half and opened the second half on a 28-8 run to expand the lead to a game-high 37 points at 62-25 with 12:46 remaining.
Chicago cut the lead to 15 points (79-62) with 2:19 to go before Lake Forest closed out the 85-67 win by canning four-of-four free throws and two-of-two field goals.
Junior Bryan Bertola (Green Bay, WI/Bay Port) led Lake Forest with 27 points on nine-of-13 shooting, including five-of-eight from the three-point line.
Lee Taylor (Sheldon, IA/Sheldon) contributed 18 points (including 11 in the first half) and five rebounds. He also added six assists and two steals, both game-highs. Brian Bruha (Hillsboro, WI/Hillsboro) with 11 points and Evan Powers (Bondurant, IA/Bondurant-Farrar) with 10 points rounded out the double digit scorers for the Foresters.
As a team, Lake Forest shot 51.7% (30-58) from the field, 50.0% (7-14) from the three-point line, and 78.3% (18-23) from the free throw line. The Foresters held the Maroons to 33.3% (22-66) field goal shooting, including 23.3% (7-30)) in the first half.
Derek Reich paced Chicago with 16 points and six rebounds.
The Foresters will open their Midwest Conference season this Saturday when they host Grinnell College at 1:00. Lake Forest is the pre-season pick to win the MWC, according to the league's coaches, while Grinnell has led the nation in scoring each of the past seven seasons.