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Grand Valley State Grounds Storm
PAINESVILLE, Ohio—The Lake Erie College men's basketball team dropped its second straight Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic conference game, falling to Grand Valley State University 68-48 in Painesville Saturday (Dec. 1) afternoon.
Grand Valley State (5-1, 2-0 GLIAC) owned a 40-28 advantage following a competitive first half off an impressive eight-of-12 (66.7%) on three-point attempts. The Storm (3-2, 0-2 GLIAC) were not far behind on threes as they went four-of-seven. Ryan Sabin led the Lakers with 13 points in the half, three-of-five from beyond the arch, and Ryan Majerle went four-of-four from three-point land. Riley Thomas (Cardington, Ohio/Cardington-Lincoln) picked up eight points in the first frame for the Lake Erie. The Storm committed just four turnovers in the first half while forcing nine from Grand Valley State but the Lakers held an 17-7 advantage on the boards.
The Lakers held the lead in the second, increasing it by as much as 27 as they ran away by holding the Storm to just 19% shooting from the floor in the second half.
For the game, Grand Valley hit 10-of-20 three point attempts and shot 49% overall from the floor and 76.9% from the free throw line while holding the Storm to just 29.2% shooting from the floor. Lake Erie was able to hit five-of-12 (41.7%) from beyond the arc.
Sabin led the Lakers with 18 points in the game while Majerle added 17. The duo combined to go nine-of-13 on three-pointers. Kristers Zeidaks grabbed 11 boards as Grand Valley State outrebounded Lake Erie 39-23.
Thomas had a team-high 15 for the Storm, going three-of-four on three-point attempts. Tom Parker (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) added six points, going four-of-four on free throw attempts. The Storm forced 17 turnovers, scoring 16 points of off them, while only turning the ball over 10 times.
The Storm return to action next Saturday as they travel to Detroit to face GLIAC foe Wayne State University on Saturday, December 9, at 1:00 pm.