Storm Looks for Season Sweep At UIndy on Saturday

Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009 3:00 p.m.
Lake Erie College (4-8) at University of Indianapolis (4-3)
Nicoson Hall (4,000); Indianapolis, Ind.
Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/uindy/mbball/xlive.htm
Series History: Lake Erie leads, 1-0
Last Meeting (Result): Lake Erie won, 54-53; Dec. 6, 2009 in Painesville, Ohio

TIP-INS

THIRD STRAIGHT ON THE ROAD: After a weekend that featured a pair of road losses against nationally-ranked opponents, the Lake Erie Storm will continue its three-game road stretch with a game on Saturday (Dec. 19) at the University of Indianapolis. The Storm fell, 75-73, at No.25 Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday (Dec. 12) and 105-64 at No.20 Southern Indiana on Monday (Dec. 14). The Storm will have the chance to sweep the season series against the Greyhounds after beating Indianapolis less than two weeks ago on Dec. 6, 54-53.

FAMILIAR FOE: After a win over the Greyhounds 13 days ago, the Storm will look to repeat that feat in its fourth straight game against an opponent from the Great Lakes Valley Conference. In that Dec. 6 game, senior forward Darnell Campbell (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) dropped in a put-back with 3.8 seconds left to lift the Storm to victory. Junior guards Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) and Antonio Kidd (Cleveland, Ohio/Lakewood) scored 14 and 13 points, respectively, for Lake Erie.

HOME SWEET HOME: With its two home wins Dec. 5-6, the Storm improved to 3-1 on its home floor this season, while improving its all-time record at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center to 48-11 (.814) since 2004.

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 185-369 (.334).  However, since opening the 2002-03 season, Lake Erie is 112-89 (.557).

RANK AND FILE: So far this season, Lake Erie has played games against four ranked teams, going 0-4. The Storm was 0-5 on the floor last season against ranked opponents (Southern Indiana later forfeited a win) and still has two ranked teams left on its 2009-10 schedule, including current No.2 Florida Southern (Dec. 28) and No.4 Indiana (Pa.) on Feb. 8, 2010. Southern Indiana jumped from No.20 to No.11, while Kentucky Wesleyan improved from No.25 to No.18 in the Dec. 15 poll.

STORM CLOUDS

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: The Storm never led in its last outing at No.20 Southern Indiana on Monday (Dec. 14) night. The Screaming Eagles jumped to a 7-0 lead to start the game and never looked back. Junior forward Joe Roberts (Cleveland, Ohio/Rhodes/Alderson-Broaddus) tallied his first career double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. He notched the first six points for Lake Erie, which trailed 20-6 when senior forward Darnell Campbell (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) chipped in a three-point play. The Eagles shot 61 percent (42-69) from the field, including 13-for-20 from three-point range.

BRADSHAW GETS HOT: During a four-game stretch ending with the two-point loss to Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday, junior guard Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) was red-hot for the Storm. Bradshaw averaged 20.8 points per game in that stretch, during which Lake Erie was 2-2. He shot 46 percent (23-50) from the field, including 50 percent (11-22) from three-point range. He also averaged 4.3 boards per game. 

CAMPBELL NEARS 1,000: Senior forward Darnell Campbell is just eight points shy of the 1,000-point mark for his career.  To date, he has scored 992 points. Only 10 players have reached the 1,000-point mark in Lake Erie history.

ON THE GLASS: Lake Erie has done an outstanding job on the offensive glass, pulling down 160 offensive boards (13.3 per game), or more than one-third of all rebounds on that end of the floor. The Storm's rebounding proficiency has helped it beat its opponent in second-chance points in 10 of the first 12 games this season. Joe Roberts leads the squad with 39 offensive boards, while freshman Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) has 25.

3-D IS KEY: In the four Storm wins, Lake Erie has limited its opponents to just 19 percent (12-63) shooting from beyond the arc. But in eight Storm losses, opponents shoot 49 percent (71-145) from long range. Lake Erie is 0-5 when the opponent shoots at least 40 percent from outside.

EARLY INDICATOR: When trying to determine the outcome of a Storm basketball game this season, all one has to do is see which team puts in the first basket. Lake Erie is 4-0 when scoring first and 0-8 when the opponent takes the first lead. The Storm is also 4-0 when leading at halftime and 0-8 when trailing at the break.