Storm Races Past Northwestern Ohio For Second Straight Win

Storm Races Past Northwestern Ohio For Second Straight Win

PAINESVILLE, OHIO –  Four players reached double figures for the second straight game as the Lake Erie College men's basketball team used a huge second half to run away from visiting University of Northwestern Ohio on Friday night (Nov. 19) at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center, 92-62.

Senior guard Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) led a balanced attack with a game-high 14 points while sophomore forward Eric Worthey (South Euclid, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) added 13 and a career-high nine rebounds as the Storm improved to 2-0.

Trailing midway through the first half, Lake Erie outscored Northwestern Ohio (0-3) 18-8 over the final eight minutes of the period to take a nine-point lead into halftime at 39-30 following a three-point play by Worthey.

The Storm then scored the first seven points out of the break to push the advantage to 16 points. After the Racers closed within 10 at 48-38, Lake Erie went on a 17-2 run to take its biggest lead at 25 on a three-point play by sophomore center Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) with just over 11 minutes to go.
As was the theme all night, the Storm had a balanced effort as it firmly took control of the game.  Seven different players scored during the 17-2 run.  Lake Erie outscored the Racers 53-32 in the second half, shooting 57 percent from the field over the final 20 minutes.

In addition to Bradshaw and Worthey, senior guard Antonio Kidd (Cleveland, Ohio/Lakewood) added 12 and freshman Rich Austin (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) chipped in with 11 points and also grabbed nine rebounds.

Thirteen different players scored for the Storm which is off to its first 2-0 start since the 2006-07 season.

Jake Bolyard led Northwestern Ohio with 12 points.  The Racers shot just 29.6% (21-of-53) in the game and committed 18 turnovers.  Those 18 giveaways resulted in 28 Lake Erie points.

The Storm opens a four-game road trip on Tuesday night, Nov. 23, at second-ranked Indiana University (Pa.).  Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. 

-LEC-