PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Mercyhurst College (3-0) shot a sensational 62.1% (36-of-58) from the field and prevented Lake Erie College (2-2) from getting into the game as the Lakers cruised to a 92-66 win at the Mercyhurst Athletic Complex.
The Storm was led by senior guard Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) with 20 points, good for his second straight 20-point game. Sophomore center Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) added 10 points and five rebounds for Lake Erie. The Lakers were led by guard Heiden Ratner with 24 points, including four three-pointers.
Lake Erie led 8-7 early with two three-pointers by junior forward Matt Grendel (Independence, Ohio/Independence) and tied the score at 10-10 with 16:57 to play on a Bradshaw layup. The Lakers rattled off a nine straight points over the next two minutes but the Storm closed the gap to 19-15 with five straight of their own, four of which came from sophomore forward Eric Worthey (South Euclid, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy). It was as close as Lake Erie would be the rest of the way as a 13-3 spurt gave Mercyhurst a 32-19 advantage with 7:58 left in the half. The teams exchanged buckets the rest of the half as Mercyhurst never led by less than 11 or more than 15 as it took a 45-31 lead to the intermission.
The second half was much of the same as neither team scored more than five straight points in the first ten minutes. Mercyhurst finally held the Storm scoreless for a 2:50 period and scored seven points of its own to extend its lead from 19 to 26 points at 77-51 with 7:56 to play. Bradshaw went to work with five points over the next 3:30 to get the deficit down to 21 on two separate occasions but the Storm could get no closer as Mercyhurst closed out the 92-66 win.
Lake Erie shot 41.4% (23-of-56) from the field as they missed senior guard Antonio Kidd (Cleveland, Ohio/Lakewood). Without their starting point guard, the Storm managed just seven assists while Mercyhurst countered with 26.
This game marked the home opener for the Lakers as they have won 14 of their last 15 home games since the start of the 2009-10 season.
Lake Erie is in action next on Thursday night (Dec. 2) when is travels to Detroit, Mich. for its first ever GLIAC game against Wayne State University. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.