PAINESVILLE, OHIO—The Lake Erie College men's basketball team picked up its first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win in dramatic fashion on Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 19), defeating Northwood University, 58-56, in Painesville.
The Storm (4-5, 1-4 GLIAC) held a slight edge in the first half owning a 26-25 lead despite the Timberwolves (2-8, 1-5 GLIAC) outshooting the Storm 46.7%-38.5% from the floor. Riley Thomas (Cardington, Ohio/Cardington-Lincoln) picked up 12 points in the first half.
Lake Erie increased their lead to six early in the second half before Northwood took the lead 49-48 with 12:30 to play in the half. The teams exchanged the lead several times in the following 10 minutes, with the Storm taking as much as a six point lead. A Rich Austin (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) lay-up with 2:16 remaining gave the Storm the lead at 55-54, a lead which they would not relinquish. Up one with less than 10 seconds to play, Bosley blocked a Will Bowles lay-up. Following a Thomas free throw, the Timberwolves' Andrew VanDierenDonk attempted a game-winning three-pointer but was blocked by Dudley at the buzzer to secure the 58-56 conference win.
Thomas led the way for the Storm, scoring a season and career-high tying 20 points for the second straight game. The junior also collected four rebounds. Austin was the only other member of the Storm to score in double figures as he scored 10 points and grabbed a team high seven boards.
Bowles scored 20 points and grabbed six boards to lead the Timberwolves while Cameron Joyce tallied 13 and grabbed six boards. Wes Wilcox collected a game-high eight rebounds. The Timberwolves shot an impressive 19-20 (95%) from the charity stripe.
After going only two-of-eight (25%) from the three-point line in the first half, the Storm hit three-of-five (60%) in the second half and shot 46.2% from the field and 83.3% from the free-throw line. Lake Erie forced Northwood to commit 21 turnovers as the Storm picked up 11 steals.
The Storm are off until after the holiday when they travel up north to face Michigan Technological University on Jan. 3.