SAULT STE. MARIE, MICH.-- A late run was not enough for the Lake Erie College men's basketball team as they fell in their first game of 2014 to Lake Superior State University, 83-66, in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contest Thursday (Jan. 2).
Riley Thomas (Cardington, Ohio/Cardington-Lincoln) gave the Storm an early lead, hitting a three just five seconds into play. Trailing 9-6, the Lakers went on a 10-0 run to pull ahead. Following a traditional three-pointer by Roy Alexander (Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Ridge), the Storm brought Lake Superior's lead down to four, 23-19, but the Lakers closed out the half on a 21-12 run to take a 44-31 advantage into the locker room.
Thomas led the Storm with nine first-half points. Alexander scored seven points and had four assists off the bench. Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) led all players with four rebounds in the opening half but overall, the Laker held a 20-12 advantage. The Storm hit 12-of-26 shots (46.2%) in the half but were outdone by Lake Superior, who converted 17-of-32 (53.1%).
The Lakers continued to roll in the second-half, leading by as much as 21, 77-56, with less than four minutes to play. The Storm went on a 11-1 run to cut the lead down to 11with two-and-a-half left, but the Lake Superior scored the final six points to secure the win.
Thomas ended the game with a team-high 20 points, going four-of-six from beyond the arch. Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) was second on the team with 11 points. Sims netted eight to go with his team-high five boards.
Four Lakers finished in double-digits, led by Derek Billing, who had 22 points, five assists and six rebounds. Cameron Metz (18), Alex Williams (18) and Tony Harris (13) also scored in double-figures. Davin Daly had a game-high 12 rebounds off the bench.
The Storm shot just 38.7% (24-of-62) for the game while the Lakers were at 50% (28-of-56) and also held a 45-31 rebounding advantage.
The Storm conclude their trip to the Upper Peninsula Saturday (Jan. 4) for a GLIAC match-up against Northwood University.