PREVIEW: Lake Erie Searches For Win Against Saginaw Valley Saturday (Live Video & Stats)

PREVIEW: Lake Erie Searches For Win Against Saginaw Valley Saturday (Live Video & Stats)

Lake Erie College Storm (7-8, 2-6 GLIAC) vs. Saginaw Valley State University Cardinals (8-8, 4-5 GLIAC)
When: Saturday January 21, 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

LAKE ERIE LOOKS TO GET BACK IN THE VICTORY COLUMN AGAINST SVSU: Lake Erie College (7-8, 2-6 GLIAC) looks for a key victory as it hosts GLIAC North foe Saginaw Valley State today.  The Storm had won four of five games going into last week but is currently on a three-game slide.

LAST TIME OUT: Lake Erie nearly overcame a 12-point deficit in the final 1:40 but fell to Lake Superior State University 73-69 in cross-divisional GLIAC  matchup. Both teams were red-hot from the field. Lake Superior State shot 56.2%(18-of-32) in the first half and 51.9% for the game (27-of-52).  That slightly edged the Storm which shot 51.8% (29-of-56) for the game including 56.7% (17-of-30) in the second half.  The Lakers also held a big 35-23 edge on the glass, holding Lake Erie to just four offensive rebounds.  Lake Erie was led by sophomore guards Riley Thomas (Cardington, Ohio/Cardington-Lincoln) and Nate Tait (South Euclid, Ohio/Brush/Alderson-Broaddus) with 17 points each.  Thomas hit three three-pointers and Tait knocked down a pair coming off the bench.  Also in double-figures for the Storm was senior guard Brandon Smith (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford/Cuyahoga Community College)  with 10 points.

SERIES NOTES: Lake Erie met Saginaw Valley State for the first time in school history last season.  The Storm fell to the Cardinals, 65-53, in University Center, Mich on Jan. 22.

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 96-82 career record in his seventh season with the Storm. He is already the all-time winningest coach in school history.

STORM SWIPING IT: This season, the Storm has averaged 9.2 steals per game, which leads the conference.  Sophomore guards Riley Thomas and Nate Tait lead Lake Erie with 21 steals and five other players have at least 10 swipes.

OPPOSITION POSITION: Saginaw Valley State (8-8, 4-5 GLIAC) had won four straight games before falling in Ashland Thursday, 72-52.  The Cardinals are 0-6 in road games this season. 

A LOOK AHEAD: Lake Erie embarks on a three-game road trip facing the top three teams in the GLIAC South.  The Storm starts in Findlay, who they fell to 67-64 in OT on Jan. 12, Thursday at 8:00 p.m.