PREVIEW Lake Erie Looks To Snap Streak At Northwood Saturday (LIVE STATS)

PREVIEW Lake Erie Looks To Snap Streak At Northwood Saturday (LIVE STATS)

Lake Erie College (3-4, 0-3 GLIAC) at Northwood University (5-4, 2-2 GLIAC)
When: Saturday December 17, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Where:  E.W. Bennett Sports Center (Midland, Mich.)
Live Stats: http://livestats.prestosports.com/northwood
Game Notes: Click Here
Website: www.LakeErieStorm.com

STORM LOOKS FOR FIRST GLIAC WIN ON THE ROAD: The Lake Erie College men's basketball team is looking to get on the board in conference play as it hits the road to take on GLIAC North foe Northwood University. The Storm (3-4, 0-3 GLIAC) has dropped three straight GLIAC games to Hillsdale College (62-56), Wayne State University (67-56) and Ashland University (73-54). Prior to that, Lake Erie had a three-game winning streak with home wins against Salem International (86-77), Malone University (72-61), and Mercyhurst College, (67-51).

SERIES NOTES: These teams met for the first time last season on Dec. 18, 2010 as Northwood came to Painesville, Ohio and picked up a tough 82-77 victory. The Storm shot over 60 percent during the first 12 minutes of the contest, did not commit a turnover until 15:27 left in the game and led by as many as 20 in the first half. Departed seniors Ethan Bradshaw and Jimmy Kerrigan were Lake Erie's top scorers in that contest with 22 and 18 points, respectively.

OPPOSITION POSITION: Northwood University (5-4, 2-2 GLIAC) has been a different team at home this season posting a 5-1 mark while going 0-3 away from the E.W. Bennett Sports Center. The Timberwolves returned all five starters from their 10-18 squad a season ago. In GLIAC play, Northwood has defeated Lake Superior State and Grand Valley State and has fell Findlay and Ferris State.

AUSTIN ALL-IN: Sophomore Rich Austin has made a huge leap after a solid freshman season. Austin is averaging 12.6 ppg. and 7.3 rpg, leading the team in both categories. He has reached double figure scoring in five of the seven games this season. The Cleveland St. Ignatius grad averaged 6.0 ppg. as a freshman.

STORM SWIPING IT: Lake Erie got after ball handlers last season and it resulted in 6.7 steals per game, good for sixth in the GLIAC. Eight Storm players had at least 10 takeaways, led by Ethan Bradshaw with 30 and returning junior guard Alex Davis with 24. This season, the Storm has averaged 8.6 steals per game, good for fourth in the conference.

A LOOK AHEAD: The Storm is off until after the holidays as they play next Dec. 29 & 30 at the Rollins (Fla.) Winter Park Rotary Tournament. Lake Erie's will face host Rollins College in the opening game.