PREVIEW: Storm Shoots For Two Straight In Conference Play (LIVE VIDEO & STATS)

PREVIEW: Storm Shoots For Two Straight In Conference Play (LIVE VIDEO & STATS)

Lake Erie College (6-5, 1-3 GLIAC) at Ohio Dominican University (3-9, 0-7 GLIAC)
When: Saturday January 7, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.
Where:  Alumni Hall in Columbus, Ohio
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Website: www.LakeErieStorm.com

STORM SHOOTS FOR TWO STRAIGHT IN CONFERENCE PLAY: The Lake Erie College men's basketball team (6-5, 1-3 GLIAC) looks for its second straight win overall and in conference play as they travel to Columbus to face Ohio Dominican University in a GLIAC South matchup.  The Storm is coming off a come-from-behind 77-68 over Urbana University at home Wednesday night.  Prior to that, Lake Erie had a successful second-place showing at the Winter Park Rotary Tangerine Tournament Dec. 28-29.  The Storm defeated host Rollins College, 79-65, in the opening round game and fell to West Georgia University, 58-56, in the tournament final.

SERIES NOTES: Lake Erie has faced Ohio Dominican six times over the past three seasons and holds a 4-2 mark in the series.  The Storm defeated the Panthers in their first four meetings over the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons before Ohio Dominican took both matchups last season, 72-64 in Painesville Jan. 8, 2011 and 73-69 in Columbus Feb. 5, 2011.

OPPOSITION POSITION: Ohio Dominican (3-9, 0-7 GLIAC) is still looking for its first GLIAC victory.  The Panthers have lost eight of their last nine contests after starting the season 2-1.  ODU fell at Tiffin Thursday, 86-78.  The Panthers are led by junior guard Morgan Jones, scoring 12.8 ppg.

CLOSING IN ON 100: With six victories already this season, Lake Erie Head Coach Cliff Hunt is just five wins away from the 100-win plateau with a 95-79 career record in his seventh season with the Storm.

AUSTIN ALL-IN: Sophomore Rich Austin has made a huge leap after a solid freshman season. Austin is averaging 14.5 ppg. and 6.8 rpg., leading the team in both categories. He has reached double figure scoring in nine-of-11 games this season. The Cleveland St. Ignatius grad averaged 6.0 ppg. as a freshman.

STELLAR STRETCH RUNS: The Storm had trouble when the game was on the line last season.  Lake Erie held at least a share of the lead in 15 games with five minutes to play and went just 7-8 in those games.  The men were 0-11 when they trailed at the five minutes mark. The Storm has flipped the script as they have held on to all four leads with five minutes to play and overcome a pair of deficits at the five minute mark.

SECOND HALF SUCCESS: Lake Erie's stretch run success this season is part of a bigger pattern of playing its best ball during the second half.  This season the Storm has been outscored by 45 points (315-360) in the first half but has outscored opponents by 30 points in the second half (407-377).

THREE-POINT THWARTING: Lake Erie is leading the GLIAC in three-point defense this season, holding opponents to just .307 (58-of-189) on attempts from behind the arc.

STORM SWIPING IT: Lake Erie got after ballhandlers last season and it resulted in 6.7 steals per game, good for sixth in the GLIAC.  This season, the Storm has averaged 8.5 steals per game, good for third in the conference.  Sophomore guard Riley Thomas leads Lake Erie with 17 steals, which ranks him eighth in the GLIAC.