PAINESVILLE, Ohio-- The Lake Erie College men's basketball team led by six with 5:57 to play in the second-half but the Hillsdale Chargers held the Storm to just one point in the final minutes of play as they defeated the Storm 59-52 in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest Thursday evening (Jan. 17) in Painesville.
The Storm owned a 34-32 lead after a back-and-forth first half. Trailing 32-28 with four minutes remaining in the half, the Storm went on a 6-0 run, including dunks from Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) and Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) off turnovers.
Lake Erie shot 50% (15-of-30) from the floor in the in the first-half. Tom Parker (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) led the Storm with nine points off the bench on four-of-six (66.6%) shooting and Riley Thomas (Cardington, Ohio/Cardington-Lincoln)scored eight. Bosley collected four rebounds in the half. The Storm held a slight edge in rebounds (15-13) in the first half. Tim Dezelski led the Chargers with 11 points in the half on four-of-four shooting from the floor, including three-of-three from beyond the arch. Overall, Hillsdale shot 54.2% (13-of-24) from the floor, including six-of-12 on three-point attempts.
Hillsdale fought back to start the second-half, taking a 39-36 lead four minutes into the half following a Nick Washburn three-pointer. Parker answered with a three of his own which sparked an 13-4 Storm run as the Storm took a 49-43 lead with 10 minutes to play in the half.
Trailing 51-45 with 5:57 to play, the Chargers went on a 9-0 run to take a 54-51 lead with a 2:11 to play following a traditional three-point play by Dezleski. Hillsdale held onto their lead, holding the Storm to just one point in the final 5:57 of play, to pick up the 59-52 win.
Parker led the Storm in scoring with 14 points. Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) was the only other member of the Storm to hit double-figures, scoring 10. Bosley led the Storm with five rebounds.
The Storm shot just 29.2% (seven-of-24) in the second-half- down from 50% in the first-half- and finished the game at 40.7% (22-of-54) and 30.8% (four-of-13) from beyond the arch.
Dezelski led all players with 18 points on six-of-nine (66.6%) shooting and a perfect three-of-three from beyond the arch. Nick Washburn added 12 points and tied teammate Brandon Pritzl for a game-high six rebounds.
The Chargers held a slight edge on the battle of the boards (29-27). Lake Erie turned the ball over just 10 times while forcing Hillsdale to turn the ball over 14 times.
The Storm return to action on Saturday, Jan. 19, when they host GLIAC foe University of Findlay. Tipoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.