GAME 23: "TAKING BREAST CANCER BY STORM" Lake Erie College Storm (7-15) vs. Central State
University Marauders (17-4) When: Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010
at 3 p.m. Where: Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and
Wellness Center (700 capacity) Painesville, Ohio Radio Broadcast/Live Audio Stream:ESPN 970 WFUN (Craig Deas,
play-by-play) Live Stats:www.lec.edu/ath_stats/livestats/mbk/xlive.htm Series History: Central State leads 3-0 Last Meeting (Result): Jan. 9, 2010 (Central
State won 82-74 in Wilberforce, Ohio)
STORM LOOKING FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WIN SATURDAY:
The Lake Erie men's basketball team looks for its second straight
win on Saturday when it hosts Central State University at 3 p.m.
The Storm earned a 68-66 last-second home win over Ohio Dominican
last Saturday (Jan. 30) after coming off an 0-3 road trip. Lake
Erie has won two straight at home and is now 5-3 this season at the
Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center. Central
State is coming off a 92-57 win over cross-town rival Wilberforce
on Thursday (Feb. 4).
THINK PINK: Saturday afternoon at the Osborne
Center, Lake Erie College will be "Taking Breast Cancer by Storm"
as part of the GLIAC's Pink Wave initiative. The basketball teams
will be decked in pink shooting shirts as well as other
accessories. All fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of
breast cancer awareness. Fans will also have free admission to the
event and will have the opportunity to donate to the Kay Yow WBCA
23rd SEASON OF STORM HOOPS: In 23 seasons of
Lake Erie men's basketball, the Storm has posted an overall record
of 188-376 (.333). However, since opening the 2002-03 season, Lake
Erie is 115-96 (.545).
UP NEXT: The Lake Erie Storm will play its
second game in three days on Monday (Feb. 8) when it hosts No. 6
Indiana University (Pa.) at 7 p.m. The Crimson Hawks enter this
weekend with an 18-1 record.
RANK AND FILE: Indiana (Pa.) will be the sixth
ranked team the Storm will play this season and the first at the
Osborne Center. Lake Erie has not beaten a ranked team this season,
but dropped a pair of two-point games on the road at No. 25
Kentucky Wesleyan and No. 2 Florida Southern (see "Sweating It
Out", Page 3).
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Junior point guard
Antonio Kidd's (Cleveland, Ohio/Lakewood) jumper from the left side
with 0.7 seconds left lifted the Lake Erie men's basketball team to
a 68-66 home win over Ohio Dominican last Saturday (Jan. 30). The
teams played a tight game throughout with nine lead changes and 10
ties. The Storm trailed by four points at halftime, but took a lead
as large as seven (48-41) with 11 minutes remaining. The Panthers
eventually tied the game at 66-66 with 13 seconds left after John
Trew connected on a jumper. But Kidd brought the ball up court and
set up his 12-foot jumper from the left wing, knocking it down for
the win. The Panthers could not get off a final shot as the horn
sounded. Junior guard Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony
Prep) paced the Storm with 18 points, while senior forward Darnell
Campbell (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) added 11 of his 16 in the
CAMPBELL SELECTED FOR ECAC HONOR: Darnell
Campbell capped an outstanding week by being chosen as the East
Coast Athletic Conference's co-Player of the Week. The senior wing
averaged 17 points and 8.5 rebounds last week. He contributed a
18-point, 12-rebound double-double in last Monday's (Jan. 25) loss
at Davis & Elkins before dropping 16 points and five rebounds
in last Saturday's win over ODU.
SWEATING IT OUT: Prior to last Saturday's 68-66
win, the Storm had dropped three straight two-point games (all on
the road, two to ranked teams), the last coming in its previous
game against Davis & Elkins on Jan. 25. The Storm tied the game
in with 13 seconds left, but the Senators pulled out the win,
hitting a shot with 1.1 seconds left. On Dec. 28, the Storm had No.
2 Florida Southern on the ropes, leading by two with under 10
seconds left, but the Mocassins hit four free throws in that span
for the 88-86 win. LEC led that game by as many as 11 in the first
half. The Storm turned an 18-point deficit into a four-point lead
with 1:38 left against No. 25 Kentucky Wesleyan on Dec. 12, but the
Panthers scored the last six points in the game to steal the 79-77
CAMPBELL CLIMBING THE CHARTS: With his 16
points last Saturday, senior forward Darnell Campbell moved into
sixth place on Lake Erie's all-time scoring list with 1,132 points.
Campbell is just 25 points shy of passing Ryan Myers (1996-99) for
fifth on that list. Campbell is also fifth all-time with 518 career
rebounds, needing 28 more to move past Jeremy Damron (1992-96, 545)
for fourth place.
DOUBLING UP: While Campbell is climbing the
career charts, he's also piling up double-doubles in the process.
The 6-foot-6 swingman has three double-dips in his last five games
and five times in his last seven he has finished with a
double-double or has been either one point or rebound shy. Since
scoring his 1,000th career point against California (Pa.) on Dec.
21, Campbell is averaging 15.6 points and 8.3 rebounds.
ON THE GLASS: Lake Erie has put up strong
rebounding numbers this season, stats that would rank the Storm
near the top of the GLIAC this season. Using the GLIAC as a
measuring stick, the Storm would lead the league in offensive
rebounds at 14.0 per game. Lake Erie would be third in overall
WHERE AT IN THE GLIAC?: On the individual
level, junior guard Ethan Bradshaw would rank 11th in the GLIAC in
scoring at 14.8 points per game, while freshman center Garrick Sims
(Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) would be sixth in offensive rebounds
per game (2.1) and third in field goal percentage (56.3%).
KIDD CONNECTING FROM DEEP: In the last seven
games, junior guard Antonio Kidd is shooting 47% (18-of-38) 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
the last eight games, averaging 12.3 points.
E's PRODUCTION: Junior guard Ethan Bradshaw has
also been very good in his last six outings, posting averages of
17.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals. Bradshaw is the Storm's
leading scorer at 14.8 points per game and leads the team with 31
3-D IS KEY: In seven Storm wins, Lake Erie has
limited its opponents to just 22.1 percent (29-131) shooting from
beyond the arc. But in 15 Storm losses, opponents shoot 43.9
percent (118-269) from long range. Lake Erie is just 1-8 when the
opponent shoots at least 40 percent from outside and 5-7 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 5.6 boards and his 56.3 field-goal
percentage is second on the team.
HALFTIME INDICATOR: For the first time this
season, the Storm lost a game in which it led at halftime in the
Jan. 23 loss at Urbana. The Storm is now 5-1 when it leads at
halftime and 2-14 when it is trailing at that point.