Storm Hits the Road to Face Ranked Teams on Saturday and Monday

Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 7:00 p.m.
Lake Erie College (4-6) at Kentucky Wesleyan College Panthers (9-1)
Owensboro Sportscenter (5,002); Owensboro, Ky.
Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/kwc/mbball/
Series History: Kentucky Wesleyan leads, 1-0
Last Meeting (Result): Kentucky Wesleyan won, 81-68; Feb. 25, 2009 at Owensboro, Ky.

Monday, Dec. 14, 2009 7:30 p.m.
Lake Erie College (4-6) at University of Southern Indiana (6-0)
Physical Activities Center (3,300); Evansville, Ind.
Live Stats: http://www.usi.edu/sports/mbblive/xlive.htm 
Series History: Lake Erie leads, 1-0
Last Meeting (Result): Lake Erie won by forfeit, 58-100; Jan 26, 2009 at Evansville, Ky.

TIP-INS
HOME SWEEP THEN HIT THE ROAD: The Lake Erie Storm polished off a home sweep over the weekend by topping Indianapolis by one point, 54-53, on Sunday afternoon at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center. That win followed a 61-54 triumph over Edinboro on Saturday that avenged a loss to the Fighting Scots the previous weekend. Now the Storm hits the road for a pair of games against perennial Division II national powers, Kentucky Wesleyan and Southern Indiana. The pair have combined to make 53 NCAA Tournament appearances with nine national championships.

HOME SWEET HOME: With its two home wins last weekend, 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 185-367 (.335).  However, since opening the 2002-03 season, Lake Erie is 112-87 (.563).

RANK AND FILE: So far this season, Lake Erie has played games against two ranked teams, Tusculum (No. 14) and Findlay (No. 4). The Storm was 0-5 on the floor last season against ranked opponents (Southern Indiana forfeited a win) and, including two this weekend, still has four ranked teams left on its 2009-10 schedule, including current No. 3 Florida Southern (Dec. 28) and No. 5 Indiana (Pa.) on Feb. 8, 2010.

STORM NOTES
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: The Storm won a 54-53 thiller over Indianapolis on Sunday (Dec. 6) afternoon at the Osborne Center. Senior forward Darnell Campbell (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) grabbed an offensive rebound and converted the put-back with 3.8 seconds left to lift the Storm over the Greyhounds, who could not get up a final shot against the Storm's pressure defense as the buzzer sounded. Junior guard Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) had 14 points in the winning effort while junior forward Joe Roberts (Cleveland, Ohio/Rhodes/Alderson-Broaddus) added a career-high 14 rebounds. Junior point guard Antonio Kidd (Cleveland, Ohio/Lakewood) scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half.

BRADSHAW GETS HOT: Junior guard Ethan Bradshaw picked up his game in the Storm's two wins last weekend, averaging 15.5 points while shooting 47 percent (9-19) from the field. With his first point in Saturday's win against Edinboro (a 3-pointer to open the scoring), he reached the 500-point mark for his career and now sits at 530.

CAMPBELL NEARS 1,000: In addition to Bradshaw's career milestone, senior forward Darnell Campbell is just 24 points shy of the 1,000-point mark for his career.  To date, he has scored 976 points. Only 10 players have reached the 1,000-point mark in Lake Erie History.

ON THE GLASS: Campbell's offensive rebound and put-back highlighted one of Lake Erie's strongest assets this season. Lake Erie has done an outstanding job on the offensive glass, pulling down 134 offensive boards (13.4 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 nine of the first 10 games this season. Joe Roberts leads the squad with 30 offensive boards, while freshman Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) has 21.

JOE'S 14: Lake Erie forward Joe Roberts did not only pound the offensive glass on Sunday. The 6-5 Cleveland native racked up a career-high 14 total rebounds, including five offensive, in the 54-53 win. With the defense holding Indianapolis to 41 percent shooting, Roberts play on the glass helped limit the Greyhounds' second chances.

TOP THE SCOTS: With Saturday's 61-54 win over Edinboro, the Storm picked up its first win over the Fighting Scots since Nov. 29, 2005 when the Storm won at Edinboro. It was the first time Lake Erie played Edinboro at home and just the second time the Storm has won in 13 contests against the Scots.

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 & 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.