Storm Men Hold #5 Findlay in Check, but Fall Late to Visiting Oilers

Storm Men Hold #5 Findlay in Check, but Fall Late to Visiting Oilers

PAINESVILLE, OHIO --  For 28 minutes Thursday night (Jan. 27), the Lake Erie College men's basketball team went toe-to-toe with the fifth-ranked team in the country, but after a slow start the University of Findlay finished with a flurry on its way to a 63-41 victory over the Storm at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center.

The game was tied at 37-all with 12 minutes to go, but the visiting Oilers (16-1, 9-1 GLIAC) closed with a 26-4 run to win their fourth straight, despite being held to their lowest point total of the season.
But the game started out much differently, as the Storm (5-12, 1-9) played an aggressive defense that held Findlay without a point for the first 6:23 of the game until Nathan Hyde's lay-up got the Oilers on the board at 4-2.
 

Findlay look to right itself and had a 10-point lead at 25-15 with 3:42 left before halftime, but the Storm rallied back with a 10-0 run, tying the game on a three-pointer by senior guard Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep).  Findlay got a late bucket to take a 27-25 lead into the locker room.

 After the Oilers scored the first eight points of the second half, the Storm scored four straight buckets to tie it back up at 33-33.  The teams traded baskets with a jumper by Lake Erie freshman Rich Austin (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) knotting things up at 37-37. 
 But after that, it was all Findlay.  The Oilers late push included a 16-0 run over a nearly six-minute span.  During that stretch, the Storm failed to it on any of its five field goal attempts and turned the ball over two other times.
 The Oilers also pulled away at the free throw line, going 12-of-12 in the second half to finish a perfect 16-of-16 for the game.
 Sophomore Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) led the Storm with 12 points. Bradshaw had 10 and Austin eight points, both off the bench.  After shooting 43.5 percent in the first half, the Storm slumped to 34.8% in the second to finish at 39.1% (18-of-46) overall. 
 Kyle Caiola scored a game-high 14 points to lead Findlay while Jack Smith had 12 and Hyde chipped in with 10.  The Oilers shot 44% overall (22-of-50), but were just three-of-19 (15.8%) from three-point range.  However, they committed just three turnovers, while forcing the Storm into 12. 
 Lake Erie will look to snap its three-game losing streak on Saturday, Jan. 29, when they host Wayne State University as part of Take a Kid to the Game Day presented by Fifth-Third Bank.  The game will be broadcast live on www.LakeErieStorm.com.
 
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