PREVIEW: Lake Erie Men Host Tiffin Saturday Afternoon (LIVE VIDEO & STATS)

Tom Parker
Tom Parker

Lake Erie College (7-6, 2-4 GLIAC) vs. Tiffin University (6-10, 1-8 GLIAC)
When: Saturday January 14, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.
Where:  Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center – Painesville, Ohio
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Website: www.LakeErieStorm.com

STORM LOOKS FOR KEY GLIAC WIN Lake Erie College can pick up a key conference victory this afternoon in a GLIAC matchup with Tiffin University.  The Storm (7-6, 2-4 GLIAC) had won four of five games before falling in overtime Thursday night, 67-64, to the University of Findlay. 

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Lake Erie gave GLIAC South frontrunner Findlay (12-3, 6-2 GLIAC) all it could handle but ultimately fell short in an overtime thriller at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center Thursday night, 67-64. Lake Erie was led by a career night from sophomore guard Nate Tait. Tait scored a career-high 28 points on nine-of-17 shooting going eight-of-nine from the line including the pair with 26 seconds left in regulation which sent the game to overtime.  He also added a career-high five steals. Also in double figures for the Storm was sophomore guard Riley Thomas with 13 points. A 17-2 advantage in points off turnovers is what kept Lake Erie in the game as the Storm forced 21 turnovers.

SERIES NOTES: Lake Erie faced Tiffin for the first time last season and won both matchups in tight fashion.  The Storm defeated the Dragons, 68-66, in Tiffin on Jan. 15 and won their home finale over the Dragons, 68-67, on Feb. 24.

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 96-80 career record in his seventh season with the Storm. He is already the winningest 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 (371-407) in the first half but has outscored opponents by 35 points in the second half (480-445).

OPPOSITION POSITION: Tiffin (6-10, 1-8 GLIAC) is coming off a tough 61-59 near upset of Ashland University at home Thursday night. The Dragons are 0-5 in true road contests this season.  They are led by senior guard Karl Finley who is second in the GLIAC in scoring at 19.2 ppg. 

A LOOK AHEAD: Lake Erie continues a four-game homestand with GLIAC matchups against Lake Superior St. Thursday at 8:00 p.m. and Saginaw Valley St. Saturday at 3:00 p.m.