PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- The Lake Erie College men's basketball team was unable to overcome a fast start and a career-high 30 points from Greg Kahlig as the University of Findaly defeated the Storm, 83-68, in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) South Division contest Saturday (Jan. 19).
The Storm (5-10, 2-9 GLIAC) found themselves in foul trouble early in the first half, trailing 14-5 just minutes into the contest. Kahlig paved the way for Findlay (11-5, 8-4 GLIAC), hitting his first four three-point attempts as the Oilers went on a 21-11 run after the Storm cut the deficit to just three to take a 35-18 lead with 7:34 left in the opening half. As a team, the Oilers went 14-of-19 (73.6%) shooting, including 5-of-7 (71.4%) from three-point range during the first 15 minutes of the game.
The Oilers hit 56.7% (17-of-30) of their shots from the floor in the first half and six-of-11 (54.5%) from beyond the arch in taking a 45-28 lead into the locker room. Kahlig scored 22 points in the first-half on seven-of-nine (77%) shooting, including a perfect five-of-five on three-pointers. Lake Erie shot 50% (12-of-24) in the first half with Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton), Riley Thomas (Cardington, Ohio/Cardington-Lincoln) and Nate Tait (South Euclid, Ohio/Brush/Alderson-Broaddus) scoring seven points apiece.
Trailing 51-36 in the second, the Storm went on a 6-1 run to shorten the gap to 52-42. Following a Findlay timeout, the Storm cut the lead to nine with 10 minutes to play, but that would be the closest they would come. Findlay went up by as much as 19 in the final 10 minutes and never let the Storm within 13 after that.
Three members of the Oilers finished the game with double-digit scoring- Kahlig (30), Brad Piehl (12) and Alphonso Baity (10). Jack Heagen grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. The Oilers shot 50% (27-of-54) from the floor including eight-of-17 (47.1%) from three-point range.
Thomas led the way for the Storm with 16 points and three assists. Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) and Tait combined for 24 points off the bench- scoring 11 and 13 points, respectively. Lake Erie hit 50.9% (28-of-55) of their shots overall but only went five-of-17 from three-point range. Between Dudley and Tate, the Storm bench scored 37 points.
Findlay outplayed Lake Erie on the boards, winning the rebounding battle 37-19 and had 26 free-throw attempts to the Storm's nine, connecting on 21-of-26 from the line.
The Storm return to action on Thursday, Jan. 24, as they travel to Tiffin University for a GLIAC South Division contest.