PREVIEW: Lake Erie Hosts Big GLIAC South Matchup vs. Findlay (LIVE VIDEO & STATS)

Nate Tait
Nate Tait

Lake Erie College (7-5, 2-3 GLIAC) vs. University of Findlay Oilers (11-3, 5-2 GLIAC)
When: Thursday January 12, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
Where:  Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center – Painesville, Ohio
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Website: www.LakeErieStorm.com

LAKE ERIE LOOKS TO KEEP ROLL GOING DURING HOME WEEKEND: Lake Erie College (7-5, 2-3 GLIAC) carries a two-game winning streak, plus wins in four of its last five games into a GLIAC South matchup against the University of Findlay tonight. The Storm is coming off a wire-to-wire 71-57 win at Ohio Dominican Saturday. It was the Storm's second straight road win in GLIAC play having defeated Northwood, 62-60, on Dec. 17.

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Lake Erie never trailed en route to its second straight GLIAC win, 71-57, over Ohio Dominican at Alumni Hall in Columbus, Ohio. Lake Erie was led by sophomore guard Riley Thomas (Cardington, Ohio/Cardington-Lincoln) with 16 points on six-of-nine shooting. Guard play was the key to the win for the Storm as 56 of their 71 points came from the backcourt. Senior Brandon Smith (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford/Cuyahoga Community College) added 11 points while sophomore Nate Tait (South Euclid, Ohio/Brush/Alderson-Broaddus) came off the bench to score 10. Lake Erie shot a season-high 59.2% (29-of-49) from the field while ODU went 23-of-49 (46.9%).

SERIES NOTES: Lake Erie has never beaten Findlay in 11 meetings dating back to the Storm's first season of basketball in 1988-89. Last season the Oilers defeated Lake Erie, 76-53, in Findlay on Jan 13 and 63-41 in Painesville Jan. 27.

CLOSING IN ON 100: With seven victories already this season, Lake Erie Head Coach Cliff Hunt is just four wins away from the 100-win plateau with a 96-79 career record in his seventh season with the Storm. He is already the winngest coach in school history.

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 36 points (348-384) in the first half but has outscored opponents by 35 points in the second half (445-410).

OPPOSITION POSITION: Findlay (11-3, 5-2 GLIAC) fell out of the NABC Top 25 poll last week after suffering a 94-80 loss at Ashland last Thursday before defeat­ing Wayne State Saturday, 68-63. The Oilers are led by forward Greg Kahlig at 14.0 ppg., while guard Kyle Caiola, cousin of Lake Erie women's basketball player Jen Caiola, averages 13.3 ppg.

LOOK AHEAD: The Storm continue a four-game home­stand Saturday, hosting Tiffin University in a GLIAC South matchup at 3:00 p.m.