Loss at Ripon is First for Foresters in MWC Play

Photo by Dean Reid, d3photography.com
Photo by Dean Reid, d3photography.com

Nineteen points apiece from junior forward Danny Sotos and senior guard Eric Porter was not enough as the Lake Forest College men's basketball team was defeated 83-69 at Ripon College on Saturday.

Sotos shot 9-for-17 from the field and added four rebounds and three assists in the contest. Porter connected on four of his eight attempts from three-point range and his 61 three-pointers in 2017-18 are the fourth-highest single-season total in team history.

Junior guard Jordan Moran also reached double figures with 10 points and tied with freshman guard Sean Espinosa for team-high honors with five assists. Senior forward Orlando Brown led the visitors with six rebounds and shot 4-for-5 from the floor in a 9-point performance. He raised his field goal percentage on the season to .679.

Lake Forest shot 50 percent from the field, 5-for-12 from beyond the arc, and 10-for-11 from the foul line in the game. The Red Hawks were slightly more accurate at 51.7 percent from the floor while matching the Foresters' point total from three-point range and outscoring the visitors by eight from the line. The home team also had what proved to be a decisive 32-25 edge in rebounds.

The first half of the game was close throughout, with nine ties and no lead larger than five points. The period ended with Ripon clinging to a 34-31 edge.

The Foresters' only lead of the second half was by a point after a bucket by Sotos a little more than two minutes into the period. Ripon surged to a nine-point lead at 56-47 with 9:19 to play but Lake Forest closed back to within two after an 11-4 run that included six points from Moran. The Red Hawks, however, outscored their guests 17-5 over the next four-plus minutes to put the game out of reach.

It was the first Midwest Conference loss in six league games for the Foresters, who fell to 9-4 overall this season. Ripon improved to 6-5 overall and evened its conference reord at 3-3.

Lake Forest will play a pair of games on the road next weekend. Grinnell College will welcome the Foresters for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off on Friday and Saturday afternoon's contest at Knox College will begin at 1:00.

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