Storm Falter in Second Half, Drop Road Affair at Urbana, 83-72

PAINESVILLE, Ohio - Despite leading by nine points with 13 minutes to play, the Lake Erie Storm men's basketball team fell at Urbana University on Saturday (Jan. 23) afternoon, 83-72.
 
Junior guard Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) scored a game-high 22 points for the Storm, while senior forward Darnell Campbell (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) notched his ninth career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds in the Storm's first game in two weeks.
 
The Storm (6-14) led by as many as 14 points, 37-23, with four minutes left in the first half after a layup by junior center Jimmy Kerrigan (Strongsville, Ohio/Midpark/Cuyahoga CC). The Blue Knights (11-10) went on a 12-4 run to close the half, though, and the Storm went into the intermission with a six-point (41-35) lead.
 
Urbana cut the lead to one early in the second half, but the Storm was able to build it back to nine after a converted layup by freshman guard Alex Davis (Macedonia, Ohio/Nordonia) with 13:02 to play.
 
Over the next nine minutes, the Blue Knights went on a 29-9 run to grab an insurmountable 11-point (76-65) lead with just over four minutes to play.
 
After the Storm (51.7 percent) out-shot the Blue Knights (39.4 percent) in the first half, Urbana returned the favor in the second half by hitting 51.9 percent (14-for-27) of its shots, while limiting the Storm to just 32.4 percent (11-for-34).
 
Lake Erie compounded the problem, turning the ball over eight times in the second half to go with just two assists.
 
Storm freshman forward Eric Worthey (South Euclid, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) finished just shy of his first career double-double with nine points and eight rebounds in his seventh start of the season.
 
Clint Nicholson and Robert Wilson combined for 40 points and 14 rebounds for the Blue Knights.
 
It was the Storm's first game since a Jan. 9 eight-point loss at Central State. Now, Lake Erie gets just one day off, traveling to Davis & Elkins College on Monday (Jan. 25) for a 7:30 p.m. tip against the Senators.
 
The Storm returns home on Saturday (Jan. 30) to play the Ohio Dominican Panthers. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m., following the women's game, which begins at 2 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wear white for the Winter Storm Warning at the Osborne Center as the Storm will try and "white out" its future conference foe. The first 50 students in attendance will get a free T-shirt.