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Storm Goes for Sixth Straight Win Against No. 8 Indiana (Pa.)

Storm Goes for Sixth Straight Win Against No. 8 Indiana (Pa.)

GAME 27
Lake Erie College Storm (11-15) vs. Indiana University of Pennsylvania Crimson Hawks (22-2)
When:
Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 at 7 p.m.
Where: Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center (700 capacity)
Radio Broadcast/Live Audio/Video Stream: www.redzonemedia.com
Live Stats: http://livestats.prestosports.com/lakeerie/
Series History: First Meeting
Last Meeting (Result): First Meeting

TIP-INS

STORM GOES FOR SIX STRAIGHT IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE: The Lake Erie men's basketball team will try for its sixth straight win in its regular season finale Monday night against No. 8 Indiana (Pa.) at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center. The Storm won its second straight road game on Saturday afternoon at Ohio Dominican, 78-64. IUP has won four straight and 10 of its last 11 games entering tonight. The Crimson Hawks are coming off a 62-49 home win over Gannon on Saturday and have been ranked as high as No. 4 this season.

23rd SEASON OF STORM HOOPS: In 23 seasons of Lake Erie men's basketball, the Storm has posted an overall record of 192-376 (.338). However, since opening the 2002-03 season, Lake Erie is 119-96 (.553).

SERIES HISTORY: This is the first meeting between the two schools.

SCOUTING THE CRIMSON HAWKS: IUP has five players averaging at least 8.6 points per game. Junior forward Darryl Webb is the Hawks' leading scorer (16.2 ppg) and leading rebounder (10.2). Sophomore point guard leads the offense, averaging 4.3 assists per game. Sixth man Julian Sanders averages 2.4 three-pointers per game. Entering last week, the Crimson Hawks were third in the country in rebounding margin and 18th in scoring margin. 

RANK AND FILE: No. 8 Indiana (Pa.) will be the sixth ranked team the Storm will play this season and the first at the Osborne Center. Lake Erie has not beaten a ranked team this season, but dropped a pair of two-point games at No. 25 Kentucky Wesleyan and No. 2 Florida Southern

STORM CLOUDS

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Four players scored in double figures as the Lake Erie men's basketball team won its fifth straight game on Saturday at Ohio Dominican, 78-64. The Storm, which led by as few as three, 43-40, early in the second half, went on a 20-6 run to put the game away. Lake Erie shot a season-high 59.6 percent (31-52) from the field, while limiting the Panthers to just 39.3 percent (24-61) shooting. Guard Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) paced the Storm with 17 points, while freshman center Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) added 15 points and a team-high eight boards. They combined with forward Matt Grendel (Independence, Ohio/Independence) and freshman wing Eric Worthey (South Euclid, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) to shoot 69 percent (22-32) from the floor as a group with all four scoring in double figures.

CAMPBELL CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Senior forward Darnell Campbell (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) moved into sixth place on Lake Erie's all-time scoring list last week. He now has 1,168 points and is just nine points shy of passing current Lake Erie assistant coach Rob Williams (2003-07) for fifth all-time. Campbell's 557 career rebounds rank him fourth in Lake Erie history.

DOUBLING UP: While Campbell is climbing the career charts, he's also piling up double-doubles in the process. The 6-foot-6 swingman has five double-dips in his last nine games and seven times in his last 11 he has finished with a double-double or has been either one point or rebound shy. Campbell has 12 double-doubles in his Lake Erie career. Also, in 13 games since scoring his 1,000th career point on Dec. 21, Campbell is averaging 13.5 points and 8.8 rebounds.

NUMBERS FROM THE STREAK: Ethan Bradshaw is averaging 20.4 points per game ... The Storm is holding opponents to just 36.1 percent (110-305) shooting from the field ... Opponents are shooting just 23.5 percent from three-point range (23-98) ... Lake Erie is pulling down 15.6 offensive rebounds per game and averages four more rebounds than its opponents ... Darnell Campbell has 11 blocks ... The Storm has assists (67) on more than half its field goals (125).

SIX STRAIGHT: Lake Erie is looking for its first six-game winning streak since the 2007-08 season when it went on a seven-game run from Jan. 26, 2008 - Feb. 16, 2008.

GRENDEL'S OUTBURST: Matt Grendel has exploded in the last three games for Lake Erie. Starting with his first career double-double (11 points, 13 rebounds) in a Feb. 13 win against Urbana, the 6-foot-8 sophomore forward has averaged 14.3 points and 8.7 rebounds. He is shooting 63 percent (17-27) from the field in that stretch and has buried 4-of-8 three-pointers. He also scored a career-high 19 points with eight rebounds last Monday at Gannon. Prior to this three-game stretch, Grendel had averaged just 2.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in 19 minutes per game.

REACHING 800: Junior guard Ethan Bradshaw topped the 800-point plateau on Saturday and now has 809 points in his Storm career.

E's PRODUCTION: Bradshaw has also been very good in his last 12 outings, posting averages of 18.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.9 steals. He has double-figure point totals in all 12 of those games and has hit 83.5 percent (71-85) from the free-throw line in that stretch. Bradshaw is the Storm's leading scorer at 15.8 points per game and leads the team with 37 steals.

TIME BALANCE: The Storm has eight players averaging at least 17 minutes per game and nine players have at least four starts for head coach Cliff Hunt, who has used 11 different starting lineups this season.

CLEANING THE GLASS: Using the GLIAC as a measuring stick, the Storm would lead the league in offensive rebounding with 14.4 per game - nearly two more than every team in the league. Lake Erie would rank second in overall rebounding with 37.8 per game and has nine players averaging at least 2.2 rebounds per game.

3-D IS KEY: In 11 Storm wins, Lake Erie has limited its opponents to just 21.9 percent (46-210) shooting from beyond the arc. But in 15 Storm losses, opponents shoot 43.9 percent (118-269) from long range. Lake Erie is just 1-8 when the opponent shoots at least 40 percent from outside and 10-7 when the opponent is under 40 percent. The Storm has held its last 11 opponents under that mark.

WHERE AT IN THE GLIAC?: On the individual level, junior guard Ethan Bradshaw would rank ninth in the GLIAC in both scoring (15.8 ppg) and free throw percentage (80.1%). Freshman center Garrick Sims would be fourth in offensive rebounds per game (2.3) and third in field goal percentage (56.2%).

FROSH DEVELOPMENT: One key to the Lake Erie basketball program as it continues its transition to Division II is the development of its four-year players. Head coach Cliff Hunt may have found a gem in freshman Garrick Sims. The 6-8 center is averaging 7.9 points and 5.7 boards and his 56.2 field-goal percentage leads the team.

AT THE MILL: The Storm's win at Gannon's Hammermill Center last week had some historical significance. Lake Erie became the first team since 1985-86 (Cheyney University) to beat the Golden Knights twice in the same season in their building. The two wins in Erie, Pa. are the Storm's lone true road wins of the season.

WINNING 10: With its 10th win of the season last week, the Storm reached the double-digit win plateau for the fourth time in five years under head coach Cliff Hunt, who has a career record of 83-53.

DOING THE DIRTY WORK: In its Feb. 13 home win over Urbana, the Storm tied school records for total rebounds (59) and offensive rebounds (26). Lake Erie has topped 50 rebounds four times this season.

D-FENCE: The Storm delivered dominating defensive performances in two straight games on Feb. 6 and Feb. 13, holding Central State and Urbana to a combined 29.8 percent (39-131) shooting from the field, including an 8-for-43 mark (19 percent) from three-point range. The Storm also forced 36 turnovers in the games and out-rebounded the Blue Knights and Marauders, 102-89.

HANDING OUT HELPERS: In a Feb. 6 win over Central State, the Storm totaled 18 assists on just 27 field goals, the second-highest total this season, behind a 21-assist game at Florida Southern on Dec. 28. Lake Erie had five players with multiple assists on Saturday, including six by leading scorer Ethan Bradshaw. It was the fourth time this season - and the first since a Dec. 29 win against Missouri-St. Louis - that Lake Erie has had five players with multiple assists. The Storm is 3-1 in those games.

A LOOK AHEAD: The Storm knocked off Ohio Dominican on Jan. 30 for its first win of the season against a future GLIAC foe. Lake Erie fell to No. 4 Findlay and Grand Valley State earlier this season for its 1-2 record against the GLIAC. Last season, the Storm was 2-2 against future GLIAC foes, sweeping ODU, while losing to UF and GVSU. Ohio Dominican will join the GLIAC in 2010-11 along with Lake Erie College.

SWEATING IT OUT: Prior to a 68-66 win on Jan. 30 over Ohio Dominican, the Storm had dropped three straight two-point games (all on the road, two to ranked teams), the last coming in its previous game against Davis & Elkins on Jan. 25. The Storm tied the game in with 13 seconds left, but the Senators pulled out the win, hitting a shot with 1.1 seconds left. On Dec. 28, the Storm had No. 2 Florida Southern on the ropes, leading by two with under 10 seconds left, but the Mocassins hit four free throws in that span for the 88-86 win. LEC led that game by as many as 11 in the first half. The Storm turned an 18-point deficit into a four-point lead with 1:38 left against No. 25 Kentucky Wesleyan on Dec. 12, but the Panthers scored the last six points in the game to steal the 79-77 decision.

HALFTIME INDICATOR: For the first time this season, the Storm lost a game in which it led at halftime in the Jan. 23 loss at Urbana. The Storm is now 7-1 when it leads at halftime and 3-14 when it is trailing at that point.

OFFENSIVE OUTPUT: In a Dec. 28 loss 88-86 loss to No. 2 Florida Southern featured the Storm's most impressive offensive outing of the season. It was the first time since the season-opener against Ohio Valley (a triple-overtime 86-84 win) on Nov. 15 that the Storm scored more than 73 points. Lake Erie had four players in double figures including three with 20 or more points. Antonio Kidd (Cleveland, Ohio/Lakewood), Ethan Bradshaw had 21 points apiece while Darnell Campbell scored 20 points for the second consecutive game. Alex Davis (Macedonia, Ohio/Nordonia) chipped in 10 points. The Storm shot 52.3 percent (34-65) from the field and buried a season-high 10 three-pointers on 21 attempts.

WILD OPENER: Lake Erie played arguably its wildest season opener on Nov. 15, outlasting Ohio Valley 86-84 in triple overtime.  It was the longest game ever played at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center.  It was the Storm's first overtime victory since Dec. 19, 2006 and evened their record in overtime since 1994 at 4-4.