Friday, Nov. 27, 2009 8:00 p.m. Lake Erie College (1-3) at Gannon University Golden
Hammermill Center (2,800) Erie, Pa.
Live Stats: http://www.gannon.edu/athletics/werg/knightsound.html
Series History: Gannon leads, 3-0
Last Meeting (Result): Gannon won, 76-41; Feb. 16, 2009 at
Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 6:00 p.m.
Lake Erie College (1-3) vs. Edinboro University Fighting Scots
Hammermill Center (2,800) Erie, Pa. Live Stats: http://www.gannon.edu/athletics/werg/knightsound.html
Series History: Edinboro leads, 10-1
Last Meeting (Result): Edinboro won, 85-78; Dec. 6, 2008 at
STORM TAKES ON KEYSTONE (STATE) OPPONENTS: Following the Storm's
84-56 loss at No. 4 Findlay on Tuesday, the Storm makes its
shortest roadtrip of the season to Erie, Pa. for Gannon
University's Gary Miller Classic. Lake Erie will battle the host
Golden Knights (0-1) on Friday before playing Edinboro (2-0) on
Saturday at the Hammermill Center.
ROBERTS MAKES IMMEDIATE IMPACT: Junior newcomer Joe Roberts
(Cleveland, Ohio/Rhodes/Alderson-Broaddus) has been terrific in his
first five games with Lake Erie. The Alderson-Broaddus transfer
leads the team in scoring (15.0) and rebounding (6.4). Roberts was
also the Storm's Most Outstanding Player at the NKU Classic last
weekend and was named to the Lake Erie Tip-Off All-Tournament team
in the season's opening weekend.
23rd SEASON OF STORM HOOPS: This is the 23rd season in Lake Erie
men's basketball history, in which the Storm has posted an overall
record of 182-365 (.333). However, since the start of the
2002-03 season, Lake Erie is 109-85 (.562).
RANK AND FILE: Through just five games, Lake Erie has already
played two ranked teams, Tusculum and Findlay (Northern Kentucky
was ranked 26th in the NCBCA Preseason Poll. The Storm was 0-5 on
the floor last season against ranked opponents (Southern Indiana
forfeited a win) and still has two preseason-ranked teams left on
its 2009-10 schedule.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Lake Erie dropped its second
straight game against a ranked opponent on Tuesday (Nov. 24) night
at No. 4 Findlay, 84-56. The Division II defending national champs
controlled the action from the tip, jumping to a quick 13-1 lead
before the Storm could fight back. Lake Erie, though, could not get
to within eight points after that and a steady run at the end of
the first half put away the Storm. Freshman center Garrick Sims
(Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) scored a team and career-high 10 points
in the game with four rebounds and a block. Three others added nine
points apiece, including forward Joe Roberts (Cleveland,
Ohio/Rhodes/Alderson-Broaddus), and guards Antonio Kidd (Cleveland,
Ohio/Lakewood) and Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep).
WILD OPENER: Lake Erie played arguably its wildest season opener
on Nov. 15, outlasting Ohio Valley 86-84 in triple overtime.
The game tied for the longest in school history (Dec. 19, 2008 vs.
Grace College in Canton, Ohio) and was the longest game ever played
at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center.
It was the Storm's first overtime victory since Dec. 19, 2006 at
St. Vincent and evened their record in overtime since 1994 at 4-4.
ON THE GLASS: Lake Erie has done an outstanding job on the
offensive glass this season, pulling down 66 offensive boards (13.2
per game), or more than one-third of all rebounds on that end of
the floor. The Storm's rebounding proficiency has helped the Storm
beat its opponent in second-chance points in four of its first five
games this season. Roberts leads the squad with 18 offensive
boards, while Eric Worthey (South Euclid, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley
Christian Academy) has corralled 10.
WORTH ANOTHER LOOK: Storm freshman swingman Eric Worthey (South
Euclid, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) has been impressive
in his first taste of collegiate basketball. The rookie put
together a 14-point, 7-rebound effort against St. Joseph's on Nov.
21, and has earned the starting nod in all three games since.
Worthey responded by averaging nine points and four rebounds while
shooting 52 percent (11-21) from the floor. He also hit on 2-of-3
CAMPBELL NEARS 1,000: Senior forward Darnell Campbell
(Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwod) is just 68 points shy of the
1,000-point mark for his career. To date, he has scored 932
points. Only 10 players have reached the 1,000-point mark in
Lake Erie History.
MILESTONE MARCH: In addition to Campbell, junior guard Ethan
Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) needs just 42 points to
reach 500 for his career.