Foresters 2-0 in MWC after 66-60 Triumph at Carroll

Foresters 2-0 in MWC after 66-60 Triumph at Carroll

The Lake Forest College men's basketball team won 66-60 Friday night at Carroll University and is now 3-1 overall and 2-0 in Midwest Conference play this season. Sophomore Jeff Beck led all players in the game with 17 points and five assists.

Beck was 6-for-12 from the field, made two of three attempts from three-point range, and knocked down each of his three free throws. He also added seven rebounds as the Foresters out-rebounded the Pioneers 28-25.

Lake Forest junior guard Chris Roets and junior post player Travis Clark also reached double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Roets made a pair of three-pointers and Clark shot 5-for-5 from the floor. Two other juniors, forward Nate Bateman and guard David Pilalis, finished with nine points apiece. Bateman was 4-for-8 from the field and Pilalis made three of five shots from beyond the arc.

The Foresters shot 52 percent from the field, 9-for-21 from three-point range, and 5-for-6 from the free throw line in the contest. Carroll shot 48.1 percent from the floor, made five of 12 three-pointers, and also knocked down five of six foul shots. Lake Forest committed 16 turnovers and the Pioneers 12.

Lake Forest used a 16-2 run to take an eight-point lead in the first half but Carroll responded with a 14-4 run to regain the advantage. The lead changed hands three more times in the period and the Foresters led 34-31 at halftime.

The visitors led by as many as nine points early in the second half but Carroll came back again and led 45-44 with nine minutes to play. Beck then connected on a three-pointer to put the Foresters back on top. After the Pioneers tied the score on a layup, Roets also knocked down a three-pointer the give Lake Forest the lead for good with five-and-a-half minutes left. The Foresters led by at least two points and by as many as five until Roets closed out the game with a pair of free throws and a layup in the final 30 seconds of the contest.

It was Carroll's first leage game of the season and the Pioneers fell to 2-2 overall. The Foresters will look for their third conference win in as many tries tomorrow afternoon at Lawrence University. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 and a live video webcast will be available at www.pennatlantic.com.