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
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.
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
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.