Lake Erie College led by as much as nine points but a 23-0 Wayne State University run spanning over nine minutes late in the first and into the second half was too much to overcome in a 77-47 defeat at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center.
Red hot shooting from No.21-ranked Wayne State (14-4, 10-2 GLIAC) carried the visitors all day as it finished the game 29-of-44 (65.9%) while Lake Erie (5-13, 1-10 GLIAC) went 16-of-47 (34.0%). The Storm was also hindered by 20 turnovers leading to 25 WSU points.
The Warriors had five in double figures led by Bryan Summers with 21 points, including 19 in the first half with five three-pointers. The Storm were paced by sophomore center Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) with 11 points and senior guard Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) chipped in with eight to move to 1,093 for his career.
Lake Erie never trailed by more than a point during the first 17 minutes of the contest. Its largest lead came was 19-10 at 9:20 of the first half after a breakaway dunk by sophomore center Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio). It was at that point where the game turned as Wayne State scored 26 of the game's next 28 points. WSU took a 32-21 advantage to the break.
The Warriors would not let the Storm back in the game as they did not miss a shot from the field for the first 9:48 of the second half, making their first 10 field goals of the half. Wayne State led by double-digits the entire half, extending the lead to 20 for the first time at 13:28 on a jumper by Mike Hollingsworth. The Warriors grabbed their largest lead at 1:15 to make the score 77-45.
Lake Erie is in action next on Thursday, Feb 3 as it hosts its third straight ranked opponent in No. 17 Hillsdale College with tipoff slated for 6:00 p.m.