Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 7:00 p.m. Lake Erie College (4-6) at Kentucky Wesleyan College
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
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'
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.