GLIAC Launches Men's Basketball Media Day Site

GLIAC Launches Men's Basketball Media Day Site

BAY CITY, Mich.—The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) released its 2014 Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll today (October 29) in conjunction with the launch of the conference's media day website.

The Lake Erie College men's team was selected to finish seventh in the South Division, receiving 32 points.

The University of Findlay was voted to win the South Division, receiving 125 points and 13 first-place votes.  Walsh University was voted to finish second, receiving 114 points and three first-place votes.  Wayne State University was pegged at number three, receiving 90 points.  Malone University (79 points), Ashland University (69) points and Tiffin University (46 points) were projected to finish fourth through sixth.  Ohio Dominican University finished in eighth, receiving 21 points.

Michigan Tech University was voted as the team to beat in the North Division, receiving 121 points and 10 first-place votes.  Grand Valley State University received 100 points and two first-place votes to be placed at number two.  Lake Superior State University received three-first place votes but was projected at third with 95 points.  Hillsdale College was projected to finish fourth, gaining 74 points while Northwood University was just behind, receiving 71 points. Ferris State University received the final first-place votes as they were projected at six with 56 votes. Saginaw Valley State University (38 points) and Northern Michigan University (21 points) rounded out the poll.

In addition to the polls and previews, the conference also announced the All-GLIAC Preseason Teams.  Sophomore forward Michael Morris (New Palenstine, Ind./New Palestine) was named to the South Division Second Team.  Morris averaged 8.1 ppg. and 3.5 rpg. last season.  He was an efficient shooter, hitting 45.4% of his shots including 43.2% from beyond the three point arch.

The poll was released as part of the conference's media day website, which features previews from all GLIAC teams and brief interviews with each head coach.

The Lake Erie College men's basketball team looks to make an impact in the GLIAC during the 2014-15 season.  The Storm losses several starts from last year's team due to graduation but return several key players.  Michael Morris returns for his sophomore year after a solid freshman campaign.  Morris averaged 8.1 ppg. and 3.5 rpg.  He was an efficient shooter, hitting 45.4% of his shots including 43.2% from beyond the three point arch.  Sean Howard also saw significant playing time last year as a freshman.  Howard averaged 6.2 ppg. while shooting 45.9% from the floor and 47.6% on threes.  Andy Bosley and Roy Alexander also saw significant time last season.  Bosley averaged 6.3 ppg. while Alexander averaged 4.5 ppg.  The Storm also returns Trey Howard and Jamil Dudley who missed last season.

The Storm welcomes three freshmen to this year's team.  Guards Jordan Michael from Fairborn, Ohio and Kyle Hagey from nearby Mentor, Ohio will provide some depth at the position.  Center Ryan Nutter joins the Storm from Mineral Ridge, Ohio and will add depth behind junior Steve Walczak.

The Storm opens up regular season play Texas A&M-Kingsville on Nov. 14.

-LEC-