Offensive Barrage Leads Storm Over Panthers

Photo by BB Sports Photography
Photo by BB Sports Photography

PAINESVILLE, Ohio—A prolific offensive performance led the Lake Erie College men's basketball team to a 97-84 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) South Division victory over Ohio Dominican University Saturday (Jan. 30).

Overall, the Storm shot 59% (36-of-61) from the floor for the game.

The Panthers gained an early 9-5 lead but an Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) cut the lead to one at the first media timeout.  Following the timeout, a pair of Brogan Scott (Wadsworth, Ohio/Highland) free-throws gave the Storm the lead, 10-9.  The Panthers regained their footing, going on an 8-2 run to gain an 18-14 lead.

After the second media timeout, the Storm shooters got hot.  A 13-7 run, with threes from Roy Alexander (Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Grove) and Trey Howard (Lima, Ohio/Lima Shawnee), gave the Storm the advantage.  In the final five minutes of the half, the Storm offense continued to shine, leading by as much as 12 as they owned a 44-34 lead at the break.

Alexander led the Storm with 13 points in the opening half.  Bosley had 12 points and five rebounds.  Trey Howard scored eight.  The Storm shot 53.1% (17-of-32) in the opening half with six three-pointers. They turned the ball over just two times.

Both teams came out strong after the break with the Panthers narrowing the gap to eight, 58-50, at the first media timeout.  Following the break, the Panthers went on a 12-4 run to tie game at 60. The teams traded scoring possessions, finding themselves tied at 68 with just under ten minutes to play.

After the second media timeout, the Storm came out hot.  They went on a 9-0 to gain control of the game and forcing a Panther timeout.

The Panthers scored the next five points to cut the gap to four but a Trey Howard layup-and-one increased the lead to six, 79-73.  After a three by the Panthers, Michael Morris (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) hit a pair of threes forcing another Panther timeout with them trailing 85-76. 

The timeout failed to squelch the Storm momentum as Trey Howard scored two quick baskets to put the game out of reach.  Down the final stretch the Storm shot well from the free-throw line to secure the win.

Bosley finished the game with a career-high 30 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the floor, including eight-of-eight from the charity stripe.  He also tied the team-high with five rebounds. Trey Howard also set a career-high with 25 points on 11-of-17 shooting.  Bosley and Trey Howard had four assists apiece.

Alexander ended the game with 18 points, hitting four threes, and five rebounds.  Morris finished with eight points.

In the second half, the Storm shot 65.5%.

The Storm committed just five turnovers while forcing 13.  Those 13 turnovers led to 22 points.  The Storm also held the advantage in the paint, outscoring the Panthers 44-30. 

Lake Erie is back in action Monday evening (Feb. 1) against Ashland University in Painesville.

-LEC-