SALEM, W. Va.--Juanito Moises' 27 points off the bench for Salem International University proved to be too much for the Lake Erie College men's basketball team as they fell to Salem International, 74-58, in a non-conference game in Salem, W. Va. on Wednesday (Dec. 12).
The two teams traded blows early in the first half until the Tigers (6-6) gained the edge on the heels of a 15-8 run to send them into the half with a 41-33 lead over the Storm (3-4, 0-3 GLIAC). Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) picked up 10 points, hitting all four shots attempted from the floor, in the first-half for the Storm but was outdone by Moises' 12 first-half points
The Tigers did not allow any Storm starters to hit a shot from the floor in the second half as they limited the starting five to just seven attempts as Moises led the Tigers to the 74-58 win.
Rich Austin (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) led the Storm, picking up 15 points and nine rebounds. The junior went four-of-six from the field and seven-of-ten from the free-throw line. Dudley was the only other member of the Storm to score in double-digits as he picked up 12 points, shooting two-of-three from beyond the arch.
Moises led the charge for the Tigers, picking up 27 points off of seven made three-point attempts and grabbing six boards. Dexter Batts and Kenneth McCornell scored in double-digits for Salem International, 11 and 10 respectively. Jamal Robinson contributed eight rebounds.
Overall, the Storm held a slight edge in shooting (47.4%-47.3%) but shot a season low 25% on three-pointers. The Storm also held the edge in rebounding (32-20) and in free-throw attempts (28-10).
The Tigers were able to force the Storm to commit a season high 27 turnovers, off of 20 steals, and turned the advantage into 28 points.
The Storm return home to the confines of the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center to host Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foe Lake Superior State on Monday, Dec. 17, at 6:00 p.m.