Storm's Second Half Surge Snaps Losing Streak on Road

COLUMBUS, Ohio-- Trailing 40-35 in the second-half, the Lake Erie College men's basketball team held Ohio Dominican University scoreless for over eight minutes as they Storm went on a 19-0 run to snap their four-game losing and pick up the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference South Division win, 69-50.

Riley Thomas (Cardington, Ohio/Cardington-Lincoln) scored a career-high 30 points on nine-of-16 shooting from the floor and a converted all 10 of his free-throw attempts.

The Storm (6-11, 3-10 GLIAC) jumped out to a 8-0 lead early in the first-half, with Thomas scoring five points and Tom Parker (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) scoring the other three. The Panthers (4-15, 1-13 GLIAC) fought back and took the lead at 11-10 which they held onto the rest of the half as they outpaced Lake Erie for a 30-24 halftime advantage.

Thomas picked up 15 points in the the first-half while Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) led the Storm with six rebounds as they held a slight 16-15 advantage in rebounding. John Trew paced Ohio Dominican with 10 points on four-of-four shooting in the half.

Lake Erie picked up the pace in the second-half. Trailing 40-35, Lake Erie went on a 19-0 to take a firm 54-40 lead. Andy Bosely (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) scored eight points during the stretch of over eight minutes in which the Storm defense held the Panthers scoreless. The Storm converted 11-of-13 free-throws in the final two-and-a-half minutes to close out the game with a 69-50.

Bosely ended the game with a career-high 16 points, 14 of which came in the second-half. Trey Howard (Lima, Ohio/Lima Shawnee) continued his impressive play off the bench as of late as he netted 11 points. Sims ended the game with a season-high 11 rebounds to lead all players.

Overall, the Storm hit 24-of-29 (49%) shots from the field, including 56% (14-of-25) in the second-half. Lake Erie made the most of their opportunities from the charity stripe, converting 17-of-21 (81%) attempts. Sims' 11 rebounds helped the Storm gain a huge rebounding advantage, 42-23. 

Three Panthers finished the game with 10 points- Brock Ammons, Morgan Jones and Trew. Bobby Stauffer led Ohio Dominican with four rebounds.

The Storm return to action on Thursday, January 30, as they head north to Michigan to face GLIAC for Saginaw Valley State University.

-LEC-