Lake Erie Storms to Victory Against Canada's Defending CIS National Champion

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (December 29, 2008) - Lake Erie College cruised to an 83-55 victory against the 2008 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) National Champion Brock University Monday night at Athletic Center Arena. The Storm recorded a season-high 18 steals with the help of senior guard John Dickinson (Euclid, Ohio/Euclid) who was responsible for six of them, while also dishing out a game-high five assists.

From the beginning, Dickinson went to work, feeding fellow senior Rick Leasure (Concord, Ohio/Riverside) with a pass that led to the team's first score of the game from the paint. The point guard then picked Brock's pocket on the opposite end and drove for a layup, making it 4-0. The Badgers finally made their first basket of the night almost a full two minutes into the game. It was followed by a missed Lake Erie jumper and a Brock rebound. Dickinson then intercepted the Badger pass allowing the Storm to tack on another two points to go ahead 7-2 at 18:05.

Lake Erie went up by as many as 12 in the first half with Brock cutting the lead to four at 37-33  to finish out the period. The Storm scored 18 points in the paint and 17 off turnovers.

Lake Erie opened the second half on an 18-2 run backed by six points from senior Derrick Thornton (University Heights, Ohio/Lutheran East) and five apiece from Leasure and junior center Veljko Lalovic (Podgorica, Montenegro/Lake Region). This half, 24 of the team's 46 points came from the paint and 15 resulted after Badger turnovers.

Eleven players recorded points in the contest with Thornton's 20 leading the way. Leasure had 19 and Lalovic scored 13 with a team-high 14 rebounds for his first double double of the season. Sophomore Scott Aston (Painesville, Ohio/Harvey) contributed nine points, five steals and three assists.

Lake Erie (*5-11) is off until Jan. 4 when it takes to the road against Glenville State University at 4 p.m.

*Note - Brock is a non-NCAA affiliated program, therefore the game does not count on the team record or individual statistics as reported to the NCAA.