Once Friendly Free Throws Work Against Storm

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (February 7, 2009) - Lake Erie College led the majority of Saturday's home contest, including a 37-29 lead at the break, however the precious free throws that pulled the Storm to victory in its first meeting with Urbana University just one week prior, worked to its opponent's advantage this time, as the Storm lost, 82-76.

Lake Erie shot 43-percent from the field in the first half with senior Derrick Thornton (University Heights, Ohio/Lutheran East) and sophomore Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) combining for 24 points on a 9-for-12 performance. Thornton couldn't be stopped offensively in his 11 first-period minutes, missing not a single shot regardless of where he took it from on the floor. He was 5-for-5 altogether, including two 3-pointers, and was a perfect 2-for-2 from the line. The Storm defense held Urbana to nine field goals in the 20 minutes, but the Knights went 9-for-10 from the line in order to keep the score from getting completely out of hand.

In the second half, Lake Erie did find its way to the line a few more times, going 8-for-13, however the same rang true for Urbana, going 18-for-25. Lake Erie trailed for the first time in the contest at 14:53 when the visitors went up one, 46-45 after a pair of free throws. The Storm's Scott Aston (Painesville, Ohio/Harvey) hit a 3-pointer on the opposite end of the floor, allowing the green and white to reclaim the lead which it held on to for a little more than three minutes. At 11:06 Urbana took control and remained out in front by as many as five, before an unanswered triple score by senior Rick Leasure (Concord, Ohio/Riverside) and two free throws by Thornton tied the game at 60 with under eight minutes remaining. Urbana then went on a six-point run and later increased its lead to as many as 11 in the final minutes.

Thornton finished the game with a team-high 25 points, going 8-for-11 from the field and 7-for-10 from the line. He also had six rebounds. Bradshaw and Aston each contributed 14 points and Leasure had a team-best eight rebounds.

Lake Erie (6-17) is at Ohio Dominican on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The Storm won the earlier meeting, 98-82 back on Dec. 16 in Painesville.