Storm Falls in Close Battle to Walsh

Photo by Baker Media Productions
Photo by Baker Media Productions

PAINESVILLE, Ohio— The Lake Erie College men's basketball team fell in a close battle with Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) foe Walsh University 70-67 Saturday (Jan. 17) in Painesville.

The teams exchanged baskets early on until Walsh went on a 4-0 run to jump ahead 11-7.  Their lead grew to eight before the Storm went on a 7-0 run to cut it to one.  The Cavaliers went on an 8-2 run to pull ahead, 25-18, in the final four minutes of the half. Trey Howard (Lima, Ohio/Lima Shawnee) hit a pair of threes in the final minute-and-half to cut the lead to one once again but Walsh hit a jumper in the final seconds to own a 30-27 lead at the break.

Howard led the Storm with eight points in the first half. Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) had six points while Steve Walczak (Columbus, Ohio/Olentangy) had five.  The Storm outrebounded the Cavaliers 18-16 in the opening half and committed just three fouls and collected six steals. 

The Storm opened the second half on a 5-0 run to take a two point lead.  The Cavaliers tied the game back up at 34 but a lay-up by Nick Wells (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) and a three-pointer by Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) gave the Storm a five point advantage, 39-34.  Walsh tied the game at 44 and slowly gained a six point edge. The Cavaliers lead grew to eight with three minutes to play.  The Storm fought back in the final minute, getting the deficit down to three following a Wells three.  However, the Cavaliers were consistent from the free-throw line in the final thirty seconds to hold on for the three-point victory. 

Howard and Bosley led the Storm with 14 points apiece.  Bosley also added seven rebounds and two blocks. Dudley ended the game with 13 points and a game-high eight rebounds.  Walczak finished with seven points while Michael Morris (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) had six.  Roy Alexander (Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Grove) collected six rebounds. 

The Storm shot 40.0% (26-of-65) for the game. The Storm scored 28 points in the paint and 24 off turnovers.  29 of the Storm's points came off the bench.

The Storm is back in action at home Thursday (Jan. 22) when they host Wayne State University.

-LEC-