Storm Seeking Season Sweep Over Senators

GAME 21: Lake Erie College Storm (6-14) at Davis & Elkins College Senators (7-6)
When: Monday, Jan. 25, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: McDonnell Center in Elkins, W. Va.
Radio/Audio Broadcast: none
Series History: Lake Erie leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: Lake Erie won, 88-62, on Jan. 4, 2010 in Painesville, Ohio

TIP-INS

STORM LOOKS FOR SEASON SWEEP AGAINST SENATORS:
The Lake Erie College men's basketball team looks for its second win of the season against Davis & Elkins College tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Elkins, W. Va. The Storm  beat the Senators, 88-62, in the previous matchup in Painesville on Jan. 4. It was Lake Erie's largest margin of victory this season. Since that game, the Storm has dropped two in a row. Meanwhile, tonight's game will be the Senators' eighth in 17 days with Davis & Elkins going 4-3 in that stretch.

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 187-375 (.333). However, since opening the 2002-03 season, Lake Erie is 114-95 (.545).

RANK AND FILE: If Indiana (Pa.) holds its No. 9 position in the National Association of Basketball Coaches rankings, the Storm will have played three teams that were ranked in the top 10 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. The Storm dropped an 88-86 decision to then-No. 2 Florida Southern on Dec. 28. On Dec. 14, the Storm also played then-No. 20 Southern Indiana, which is the current fourth-ranked team in Division II. Lake Erie has a home date with Indiana (Pa.) on Feb. 8, the sixth nationally-ranked team on the Storm's slate in 2009-10.

UP NEXT: Lake Erie finally returns to the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center on Saturday (Jan. 30) for a 4 p.m. tip-off against Ohio Dominican. The LEC women's team will play at 2 p.m. All fans are encouraged to wear white for the Winter White Out and the first 50 students will receive a free T-shirt.

STORM CLOUDS

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Lake Erie suffered a second-half letdown on Saturday (Jan. 23) afternoon at Urbana, falling to to the Blue Knights, 83-72. The Storm led by six at halftime and by nine with 13 minutes left, but could not hold on as Urbana went on a 29-9 burst in the middle of the second half to win. The Storm worked its way to a 14-point lead (37-23) with four minutes left in the first half, but the Knights finished the half on a 12-4 run to pull to 41-35 at halftime. Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) scored 13 of his game-high 22 points in the first half. The Storm could not maintain its pinpoint shooting (15-for-29 in the first half) in the second half, hitting just 32 percent from the field as the Blue Knights out-scored LEC, 48-31, in the second half. Lake Erie had just two assists and eight turnovers in the second half. Darnell Campbell (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) notched his ninth career double-double with 14 points and 11 boards.

SECOND HALF STUMBLE: For the first time this season, the Storm lost a game in which it led at halftime in Saturday's loss at Urbana. The Storm is now 5-1 when it leads at halftime and 1-13 when it is trailing after the first 20 minutes.

CLICKING CAMPBELL: In the last seven 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 stretch in which the 6-foot-6 Campbell has averaged 15.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. He has at least five rebounds in all of those games and recorded his second double-double of the season in Saturday's loss with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Campbell sits in eighth place on the Storm's all-time scoring list with 1,098 career points.

KIDD CONNECTING FROM DEEP: In the last six games, junior guard Antonio Kidd (Cleveland, Ohio/Lakewood) is shooting 47% (14-of-30) from three-point range.  Prior to that, he was hitting on just 28.6% from beyond the arc. Kidd is third on the team in scoring in that span, averaging 11.8 points per game.

E's PRODUCTION: Junior guard Ethan Bradshaw has also been very good in his last six outings, posting averages of 18.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.5 steals. Bradshaw is the Storm's leading scorer at 14.6 points per game and leads the team with 29 steals and 31 3-pointers.

3-D IS KEY: In six Storm wins, Lake Erie has limited its opponents to just 20.5 percent (23-112) shooting from beyond the arc. But in 13 Storm losses, opponents shoot 45.0 percent (107-238) from long range. Lake Erie is just 1-8 when the opponent shoots at least 40 percent from outside and 5-6 when the opponent is under 40 percent.

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 Garrick Sims. The 6-8 center is averaging 7.6 points and 5.5 boards and his 56.6 field-goal percentage is second on the team.