Lake Forest College Sports Information
November 30, 2003
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID

Foresters Fall Twice at Midwest Challenge Tournament
Concordia and Eureka defeat Lake Forest

Brad Rathe's 18 points on Sunday were a career high.
MEQUON, WI - The Lake Forest College men's basketball team fell to 1-3 on the season after dropping both its games at the Midwest Challenge Tournament last weekend (November 29-30). Host Concordia University defeated the Foresters 79-74 in Saturday's semifinals and Eureka College knocked off Lake Forest 75-71 in overtime in Sunday's consolation game.

Five Foresters scored in double figures on Saturday, led by sophomore guard Greg Klos (Carol Stream, IL/Glenbard North) with 14. Freshman guard Brad Wehner (Sheboygan, WI/Sheboygan North) scored a dozen points and junior forward Eric McDonald (Elk Grove, IL/Elk Grove) added 11. Sophomore forwards Franklyn Beckford (Jacksonville, IL/Jacksonville) and Brad Rathe (Deer Park, IL/Lake Zurich) each scored 10. Klos also led the squad with five assists and Beckford pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.

Lake Forest shot 56.5% in the game from the field, 47.1% (8-of-17) from three-point range, and 77.8% (14-of-18) from the free throw line. Lake Forest also out-rebounded the home team 34-21 but had 20 turnovers while the Falcons committed just four.

There were six ties and as many lead changes in the first half. The largest lead of the period for either team was just five points and Lake Forest led 30-27 at intermission. The Foresters pulled ahead by six points early in the second half but Concordia scored seven straight points to take a brief lead. The score was tied six more times before Lake Forest jumped ahead 67-59. A 13-3 run by Concordia and two free throws by Beckford tied the score at 72. Concordia, however, closed out the game on a 7-2 run.

Rathe led all scorers with a career-high 18 points on Sunday. Klos scored 16 and Beckford added a dozen points and a game-high seven rebounds.

The Foresters shot just 34.0% from the floor while Eureka made 45.3% of its field goal attempts. Lake Forest had two more rebounds (36-34) and two more turnovers (20-18) than the Red Devils.

The Foresters led 3-2 before surrendering 11 consecutive points. Lake Forest battled back and eventually tied the game at 21 before Eureka's 9-4 run to close out the half. The score was tied again at 32 before the Red Devils outscored the Foresters 19-7 over the next ten minutes. Lake Forest once again battled back and finally tied the score on three Greg Klos free throws with no time on the clock. The Foresters led by two with three minutes left in overtime but six straight points by the Devils gave them the lead for good.

Lake Forest will host Knox College at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday (December 3) in the Midwest Conference opener for both teams.

Lake Forest - Concordia Box Score
Lake Forest - Eureka Box Score