UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich.--The Lake Erie College men's basketball team was unable to overcome a fast start by Saginaw Valley State University as they fell at their Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foe, 82-62, on Wednesday (Jan. 30).
Damon Bozeman led Saginaw Valley State (8-9, 6-8 GLIAC) with 35 points on 13-of-18 (72.2%) shooting, including a perfect four-of-four on three-point attempts, off the bench.
The Cardinals started the game on a 10-2 run which the Storm (6-12, 3-11 GLIAC) were unable to overcome as they continued to fall behind. Lake Erie shot just seven-of-26 (26.9%) in the first-half as their counterparts hit 19-of-30 (63.3%), including seven-of-10 (70%) from beyond the arch, to take a 50-20 lead into the half. Bozeman led the Cardinals with 20 points on seven-of-10 shooting and hitting all three of his three-point attempts. Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) led the Storm with six points in the first-half.
The Storm scored the first seven points of the second-half, with five points comeing from Roy Alexander's (Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Ridge), before the Cardinals scored 10 of the next 16 points to keep the game out of Lake Erie's reach. Lake Erie improved their shooting from the first-half, hitting 16-of-28 shots (57.1%) in the second-half and outscoring Saginaw Valley State 42-32, but it was not enough to overcome the Cardinal's halftime lead as they fell 82-62.
Bozeman led a trio of Cardinals scoring in double-digits, joined by Chris Webb (12) and Mike Shaff (10). Shaff also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Kellen Smith led all players with four assists. The Cardinals won the rebounding war 33-21.
Riley Thomas (Cardington. Ohio/Cardington-Lincoln) led the Storm with 12 points, eight of which came in the second-half. Trey Howard (Lima, Ohio/Lima Shawnee) was the only other player in double-digits for the Storm, netting 10 points while also earning a team-high three assists and a game-high five steals. Nate Tait (South Euclid, Ohio/Brush/Alderson-Broaddus) scored nine off the bench while Andy Bosely (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) had eight points and eight rebounds. The Storm finished the night shooting 42.6% (23-of-54). Despite forcing 20 turnovers with 15 steals, Lake Erie turned the ball over 17 times.
The Storm return to action Saturday (Feb. 2) when they travel to GLIAC South Division rival Ashland University.