Storm Looks For 6th Win of Season Monday Night Against Davis & Elkins College

GAME 18
Lake Erie College Storm (5-12) vs. Davis & Elkins College Senators (3-2) 
When: Monday, Jan. 4, 2010 -- 7 p.m.
Where: Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center -Painesville, Ohio
Radio Broadcast: none
Live Stats: www.lec.edu/ath_stats/livestats/mbk/xlive.htm
Series History: First Meeting

TIP-INS

STORM HOSTS SENATORS IN MONDAY NIGHT AFFAIR IN PAINESVILLE: The Lake Erie men's basketball team will play its second consecutive game at home tonight when it hosts the Davis & Elkins College Senators at 7 p.m. The Storm is coming off a 67-59 loss to Grand Valley State on Saturday afternoon that opened up the 2010 portion of its schedule. The Senators (3-2) come into the game well-rested, having not played a game since a 98-90 win over Chestnut Hill. Meanwhile, Lake Erie is playing its 18th game of the season. Tonight's game marks the first meeting between Lake Erie and Davis & Elkins. However, the teams will square off again in three weeks (Jan. 25) in Elkins, W. Va.

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 186-373 (.333). However, since opening the 2002-03 season, Lake Erie is 113-93 (.549).

RANK AND FILE: If Indiana (Pa.) holds its No. 4 position in the National Association of Basketball Coaches rankings, the Storm will have played three teams that were ranked in the top four in the country when the teams matched up. The Storm met defending national champion Findlay on Nov. 24. The Oilers were ranked No. 4 at the time. Florida Southern is currently the second-ranked team in the country and, last week, the Storm fell on the Moccasins' home floor by just two points. On Feb. 8, Lake Erie has a date with current No. 4 Indiana (Pa.), which is the sixth nationally-ranked team on the Storm's slate in 2009-10.

SCHEDULED BREATHER: After tonight's game with the Senators, the Storm will play just one game in the next 19 games - a road date with Central State on Jan. 9. After that, Lake Erie will be off for two straight weeks, the result of being an independent school looking for opponents in the midst of their conference schedules. The Storm will play three straight road games after tonight and it does not return to the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center until Jan. 30 when it hosts future GLIAC foe Ohio Dominican.

STORM CLOUDS

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM:
On Saturday afternoon, Lake Erie fell to Grand Valley State, 67-59, to open the 2010 portion of its schedule. The Storm played catch-up for much of the game, falling behind by nine, 33-24, - the Lakers' largest lead of the half - going into halftime. Lake Erie worked the lead down to two, 38-36, five minutes into the second half, but the Lakers scored the next 11 points to lead by 13. The Storm didn't quit, though, going on a 15-1 run of its own to take a 51-50 lead after junior guard Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) converted a three-point play with 6:30 left. That lead was short-lived as the Lakers ran off six straight points and never looked back, hitting nine of its last 11 free throws down the stretch. The Lakers held a huge advantage at the line, shooting 30-for-35, while the Storm hit on 19-for-26. Bradshaw matched GVSU's Alvin Storrs with a game-high 17 points, while senior forward Darnell Campbell (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) scored 14 as the only other Storm player in double-figures. Freshman center Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) was just short of his second career double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.

CLICKING CAMPBELL: In the last four games, Lake Erie has gotten huge production from its lone senior on the floor, Darnell Campbell.  He scored his 1,000th career point in a 21-point effort against California (Pa.) on Dec. 21. That was the beginning of a four-game stretch in which the 6-foot-6 Campbell has averaged 16 points, 6.8 rebounds and three assists per game. He also piled up a season-high 10 rebounds in a Dec. 29 win over Missouri-St. Louis. He came up just one point shy of his eighth career double-double. Campbell sits in ninth place on the Storm's all-time scoring list with 1,056 career points.

E's PRODUCTION: Junior guard Ethan Bradshaw has also been very good in his last three outings, posting 16 points, five rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.7 steals per game. Bradshaw is the Storm's leading scorer at 13.6 points per game and he is tied for the team lead with 22 steals.

3-D IS KEY: In five Storm wins, Lake Erie has limited its opponents to just 20.0 percent (17-85) shooting from beyond the arc. But in 12 Storm losses, opponents shoot 47.1 percent (97-206) from long range. Lake Erie is 0-8 when the opponent shoots at least 40 percent from outside and 5-4 when the opponent is under 40 percent.

WINNING THE FIRST HALF: Thus far this season, the Storm can place a high importance on getting off to a strong start. The Storm is 4-0 when leading at halftime, but just 1-12 when trailing at the break. Also, Lake Erie is 0-9 when the opponent gets on the board first.

FROSH DEVELOPMENT: One key to the Lake Erie basketball program as it continues its transition to Division II is the development of its four-year players. Head coach Cliff Hunt may have found a gem in freshman center Garrick Sims. The 6-8 Sims is averaging 7.2 points and 5.4 rebounds. He is also fourth on the team with 23 assists. His 57.3 field-goal percentage is second on the team.

OFFENSIVE OUTPUT: In a Dec. 28 loss 88-86 loss to No. 2 Florida Southern featured the Storm's most impressive offensive outing of the season. It was the first time since the season-opener against Ohio Valley (a triple-overtime 86-84 win) on Nov. 15 that the Storm scored more than 73 points. Lake Erie had four players in double figures including three with 20 or more points. Antonio Kidd (Cleveland, Ohio/Lakewood), Ethan Bradshaw had 21 points apiece while Darnell Campbell scored 20 points for the second consecutive game. Alex Davis (Macedonia, Ohio/Nordonia) chipped in 10 points. The Storm shot 52.3 percent (34-65) from the field and buried a season-high 10 three-pointers on 21 attempts.

DISHING THE ROCK: The Storm also showed a brilliant proficiency distributing the ball in that 86-point effort, handing out a season-high 21 assists, led by Ethan Bradshaw's career-high eight. Darnell Campbell set a season-high with six helpers, falling just one assist short of a career-high.