PREVIEW: Storm Travel To GLIAC Leader #18 Hillsdale Wednesday (LIVE AUDIO AND STATS)

PREVIEW: Storm Travel To GLIAC Leader #18 Hillsdale Wednesday (LIVE AUDIO AND STATS)

Lake Erie College Storm (7-11, 2-9 GLIAC) at #18 Hillsdale College Chargers (17-2, 11-1 GLIAC)
When: Wednesday February 1, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
Where:  Jesse Philips Arena – Hillsdale, Mich.
Live Stats: http://livestats.prestosports.com/hillsdale/
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Website: www.LakeErieStorm.com

LAKE ERIE LOOKS TO SNAP STREAK IN TOUGH ROAD TEST: Lake Erie College men's basketball team (7-11, 2-9 GLIAC) looks to snap a six-game losing streak as it travels to GLIAC South-leading  #18 Hillsdale College Wednesday night and hosts the team currently trailing it in the GLIAC standings, Ohio Dominican University, Saturday afternoon.  Hillsdale is the Storm's first game against a NABC Top 25 team this season.  Lake Erie had never defeated a top 25 DII opponent (0-12). 

SERIES NOTES: Hillsdale has defeated Lake Erie in all three prior matchups, including a tight 62-56 game earlier this season on Dec. 3 in Painesville. 

OPPOSITION POSITION: Hillsdale (17-2, 11-1 GLIAC) holds a two-game lead in the GLIAC over the University of Findlay.  The Chargers have four players averaging at least 11.6 ppg. led by forward Brad Guinane at 13.1 ppg.  Guard Tyler Gerber is the current GLIAC South Player of the Week, averaging 17.0 points and 9.5 assists in a pair of wins.

STORM BASKETBALL TURNS 24: In 24 seasons of Lake Erie men's basketball, the Storm has posted an overall record of 206-407 (.336). However, since opening the 2002-03 season, Lake Erie is 129-126 (.507).

AUSTIN ALL-IN: Sophomore Rich Austin has made a huge leap after a solid freshman season. Austin is averaging 11.8 ppg. and 5.9 rpg., leading the team in both categories. He has reached double figure scoring in 11-of-18 games this season. The Cleveland St. Ignatius grad averaged 6.0 ppg. as a freshman.

STORM SWIPING IT: This season, the Storm has averaged 8.8 steals per game, which is second in the GLIAC.  Sophomore guard Riley Thomas leads Lake Erie with 23 steals as eight players have at least 12 swipes.

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 80 points (518-598) in the first half but by seven points in the second half (631-638).