Storm Stopped Late In Tight Contest at Ohio Dominican

Storm Stopped Late In Tight Contest at Ohio Dominican

Lake Erie College (5-15, 1-12 GLIAC) led by as much as 12 in the first half but an Ohio Dominican University (5-15, 2-12 GLIAC) comeback completed the season sweep over the Storm, 73-69, at Alumni Hall in Columbus, Ohio.

The Storm trailed by eight at 65-57 with 2:44 to play but back-to-back three-pointers from senior guard Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) closed that gap to two.  Lake Erie trailed by just two on three separate occasions in the final two minutes, but ODU's Morgan Jones picked up two points on each of the Panthers' final three possessions to seal the win.

The Storm was led by senior guard Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) with a game-high with 20 points, 15 of which came in the second half for his fifth 20-point effort this season.  He also chipped in a game-high seven assists.

Freshman guard Riley Thomas (Cardington, Ohio/Cardington-Lincoln) added 12 points with three three-pointers and junior forward Matt Grendel (Independence, Ohio/Independence) tallied his first double-double of the season (second career) with 11 points and a season-high 10 rebounds.  Sophomore center Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) also reached double figures with 10 points. 

Ohio Dominican had three score at least 15 points, led by Jones with 16. 

Ohio Dominican raced out to a 7-0 advantage over the first four minutes as Lake Erie started 0-7 from the field.  When the Storm got their first basket, a three-pointer from Thomas, it sparked a quick change of fortunes as Lake Erie scored the next seven points.  That run extended to 24-5 for the Green and White's largest lead of the game at 24-12 after a Bradshaw layup at 5:59.  After the teams traded baskets, the Panthers scored the next 11 points and would go to the half down just one, 28-27. 

Lake Erie would take a four-point lead on five separate occasions early in the second half, but a John Trew three-pointer gave ODU its first advantage of the half, 42-41, at 13:30.  That lead would change hands four more times over the next three minutes before the Panthers took the lead for good at 49-48 with 11:05 to play on a Zak Kapron layup. 

The Storm shot 47.3% (26-of-55) from the field, their best shooting performance in a loss this season, while the Panthers shot 50.0% (27-of-54). 

Lake Erie returns to action Thursday (Feb. 10) at 6:00 p.m. as it hosts Ferris State in a GLIAC cross-divisional matchup.