Foresters Pull Away in Second Half at Monmouth

Foresters Pull Away in Second Half at Monmouth

The Lake Forest College men's basketball team won 79-51 at Monmouth College Monday night, just two days after defeating the Fighting Scots 89-33 at home. Forester junior forward Drew Grennell narrowly missed a double-double, scoring 11 points and adding a game-high nine rebounds.

Lake Forest junior post player Travis Clark shot 11-for-17 from the field and scored a game-high 24 points. He also filled up the stat sheet by pulling down eight rebounds, blocking three shots, and leading all players in the game with a career-high-tying six assists. He did not commit a foul and turned the ball over just once in the contest.

Guard Chris Roets, another Forester junior, scored 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting from three-point range and added five rebounds.

The Foresters shot 53.2 percent from the field, 9-for-21 from three-point range, and 4-for-5 from the free throw line. The Scots made just 35.1 percent of their field goal attempts, three of 19 three-pointers, and eight of nine foul shots. Lake Forest had a commanding 43-23 edge in rebounds and committed 15 of the game's 28 turnovers.

Lake Forest led by no more than six points in the opening period and 29-25 at halftime.

Monmouth tied the game at 29 and 31 before a traditional three-point play by Clark gave the visitors the lead for good. The margin was three points again before a 16-0 run by the Foresters gave them a 57-38 advantage with seven-and-a-half minutes remaining. The margin reached 20 with 4:30 to play and surpassed 30 with 1:18 on the clock.

The Foresters are now 11-10 overall and 9-7 in the Midwest Conference, tied with Carroll University for sixth place and just a game-and-a-half behind third-place Grinnell College. Lake Forest will play at Knox College Wednesday night at 7:00 before closing out the regular season against Grinnell Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Live video webcasts of all MWC games are available at www.pennatlantic.com.