PAINESVILLE, OHIO - Junior guard Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) scored a game-high 25 points but second-half shooting struggles sent the Lake Erie College men's basketball team to an 82-74 defeat at Central State University on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 9).
After shooting nearly 50 percent in the first half the Storm (6-13) hit on just 11-of-34 (32.4%) over the final 20 minutes.
Central State (12-3), which also shot well in the first half, picked it up in the second, connecting on 57.9% (11-of-19) to outscore the Storm 40-33 after halftime.
The Marauders raced out to a nine-point lead in the first three minutes and the lead grew to 10 at the 14-minute mark before the Storm battled back. A 10-2 Lake Erie run closed the gap and the Storm eventually took its first lead at 31-30 on a tip-in by freshman center Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton).
The teams continued to go back-and-forth over the next six minutes with Central State taking a one-point lead, 42-41, into the locker room.
The Marauders had a three-point lead at 58-55 before a 13-5 run pushed the margin into double digits with just over six minutes left. From the point, the Storm could not get closer than five points. Central State closed it out by hitting four free throws in the final 40 seconds to seal the win.
Bradshaw, who scored 18 of his points in the first half, finished seven-of-14 from the field and was a perfect 10-of-10 from the foul line. Senior forward Darnell Campbell (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Sims finished with 12 points for the Storm.
Lake Erie shot 39.7% overall in the game.
The Marauders were led by Cole Prophet with 16 points. Anthony Passley had 14 points and Damone Pledger scored 12 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Central State was 27-of-52 (51.9%) shooting and went 23-of-27 from the foul line in the game.
The Storm will be idle until Saturday, Jan. 23, at Urbana University.