PREVIEW: Storm Look To Rebound Saturday At Wayne State (LIVE VIDEO AND STATS)

Brandon Smith
Brandon Smith

Lake Erie College Storm (7-10, 2-8 GLIAC) at Wayne State University (11-7, 8-4 GLIAC)When: Saturday January 28, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.
Where:  Matthaei Center – Detroit, Mich.
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Website: www.LakeErieStorm.com

LAKE ERIE LOOKS TO SNAP STREAK IN TOUGH ROAD TEST: The Lake Erie College men's basketball team (7-10, 2-8 GLIAC) looks to snap a five-game losing streak as it travels to face a top GLIAC South team at Wayne State University Saturday.

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Lake Erie held its ground at the University of Findlay (14-4, 8-3 GLIAC) for one half, leading by as much as seven and trailing by a single point at halftime before wearing down in an 80-55 loss at Croy Gymnasium in Findlay, Ohio Thursday. 

The Storm had a balanced offensive attack with six players scoring at least six points.  Senior forward Matt Grendel (Independence, Ohio/Independence) and sophomore guard Riley Thomas (Cardington, Ohio/Cardington-Lincoln) led the way with nine points each. 

Lake Erie shot a solid 46.8% (22-of-47) from the field including 50.0% on three-pointers (six-of-12).  However they ran into a red-hot Oilers squad which shot 61.9% (26-of-42) from the field and matched them at 50.0% (nine-of-18) on threes.. 

SERIES NOTES: Lake Erie has dropped all three meetings against Wayne State coming over the past two years. The Storm lost to the Warriors, 67-56, at home on Dec. 1.

OPPOSITION POSITION:  Wayne State (11-7, 8-4 GLIAC) is third in the GLIAC South but had lost six of its past eight games before picking up a big 79-71 home win over Ashland Thursday. Preseason GLIAC Player of the Year Mike Hollingsworth (17.2 ppg.) has missed the last 12 games due to injury with junior forward Ian Larkin picking up the bulk of the scoring, averaging 16.4 ppg.

AUSTIN ALL-IN: Sophomore Rich Austin has made a huge leap after a solid freshman season. Austin is averaging 12.2 ppg. and 6.2 rpg., leading the team in both categories. He has reached double figure scoring in 11-of-17 games this season. The Cleveland St. Ignatius grad averaged 6.0 ppg. as a freshman.

BEST YET?: In its three seasons as a member of NCAA Division II the most single season wins Lake Erie reached was 11 in 2009-10.  With nine games remaining, the Storm has a solid chance to exceed that total this season.

THREE-POINT THWARTING: Lake Erie is leading the GLIAC in three-point defense this season, holding opponents to just .321 (93-of-290) on attempts from behind the arc. 

LAKE ERIE LOOKS TO SNAP STREAK IN TOUGH ROAD TEST: The Lake Erie College men's basketball team (7-10, 2-8 GLIAC) looks to snap a five-game losing streak as it travels to face a top GLIAC South team at Wayne State University Saturday.

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Lake Erie held its ground at the University of Findlay (14-4, 8-3 GLIAC) for one half, leading by as much as seven and trailing by a single point at halftime before wearing down in an 80-55 loss at Croy Gymnasium in Findlay, Ohio Thursday. 

The Storm had a balanced offensive attack with six players scoring at least six points.  Senior forward Matt Grendel (Independence, Ohio/Independence) and sophomore guard Riley Thomas (Cardington, Ohio/Cardington-Lincoln) led the way with nine points each. 

Lake Erie shot a solid 46.8% (22-of-47) from the field including 50.0% on three-pointers (six-of-12).  However they ran into a red-hot Oilers squad which shot 61.9% (26-of-42) from the field and matched them at 50.0% (nine-of-18) on threes.. 

SERIES NOTES: Lake Erie has dropped all three meetings against Wayne State coming over the past two years. The Storm lost to the Warriors, 67-56, at home on Dec. 1.

OPPOSITION POSITION:  Wayne State (11-7, 8-4 GLIAC) is third in the GLIAC South but had lost six of its past eight games before picking up a big 79-71 home win over Ashland Thursday. Preseason GLIAC Player of the Year Mike Hollingsworth (17.2 ppg.) has missed the last 12 games due to injury with junior forward Ian Larkin picking up the bulk of the scoring, averaging 16.4 ppg.

AUSTIN ALL-IN: Sophomore Rich Austin has made a huge leap after a solid freshman season. Austin is averaging 12.2 ppg. and 6.2 rpg., leading the team in both categories. He has reached double figure scoring in 11-of-17 games this season. The Cleveland St. Ignatius grad averaged 6.0 ppg. as a freshman.

BEST YET?: In its three seasons as a member of NCAA Division II the most single season wins Lake Erie reached was 11 in 2009-10.  With nine games remaining, the Storm has a solid chance to exceed that total this season.

THREE-POINT THWARTING: Lake Erie is leading the GLIAC in three-point defense this season, holding opponents to just .321 (93-of-290) on attempts from behind the arc.