PAINESVILLE, Ohio—The Lake Erie College men's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season Tuesday evening (Nov. 19), falling to West Virginia Wesleyan College, 77-62.
After a two-and-a-half minute stalemate, Tom Parker (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) scored the first points of the game, a three-pointer. The Bobcats quickly responded by going on an 8-0 to take command of the half. They did not relinquish the lead, taking a 42-30 advtange into the half. Chris Dewberry led the Bobcats with 16 first half points on six-of-seven shooting, including four-of-five on three-pointers. Alexsander Djordevic added 10 for West Virginia Wesleyan.
Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) led the Storm with eight points and five rebound in the opening half. Parker added six for the Storm. Lake Erie shot just 41.2% from floor compared to the Bobcats 57.1% and were outrebounded 19-12.
The Bobcats continued to controlled the pace in the second half, leading by as much as 20 to seal the win. TJ Thompson and Djordjevic had 15 points apiece for the Bobcats. Brett Ervin added 13 points. Taylor Price had a game-high 12 rebounds.
Riley Thomas (Cardington, Ohio/Cardington-Lincoln) led all scorers with 20 points. Sims tallied 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Michael Morris (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) recorded 12 points. Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) had a pair of blocks to go with his four points and five rebounds. Parker ended the game with seven points, three steals and five assists.
Overall, the Storm shot 42.4% from the floor compared the Bobcats 56.3%. West Virginia Wesleyan held a 37-24 advantage on the boards. Defensively, the Storm forced 13 Bobcat turnovers while committing just six themselves.
The Storm head back on the road Saturday (Nov. 23) to face the University of Southern Indiana.