PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Wayne State University (12-7, 9-4 GLIAC) got off to a feverish 16-0 start and never looked back in a 92-57 win over Lake Erie College (7-11, 2-9 GLIAC) in GLIAC play at the Matthaei Center in Detroit, Mich.
The Warriors were lights out from the field the entire afternoon, shooting 65.5 percent (36-of-55). The Storm was held to just 42.2% (20-of-48) from the field and was outrebounded 30-19.
Lake Erie was led by sophomore guard Tom Parker (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) with a career-high tying 11 points. Also in double figures for the Storm was classmate Riley Thomas (Cardington, Ohio/Cardington-Lincoln) with 10. Wayne State was led by the duo of Ian Larkin and Stacy Waters with 22 and 20 points respectively. Ike Udanoh and Bryan Coleman chipped in for the Warriors with 14 points each.
Lake Erie struggled out of the gates, turning the ball over on each of its first five possessions. Wayne State took major advantage, scoring on each of its first seven possessions and took a 16-0 advantage just 3:09 into the game. Senior forward Matt Grendel (Independence, Ohio/Independence) got the Storm on the board with a jumper at 15:54 but Lake Erie was never able to cut the gap to less than 13 points. The margin reached 20 points for the first time at 8:08 on a Waters three-pointer to make the score 33-11 and the Warriors scored the final six points of the half to take a 52-23 edge to the half. It was the most points Lake Erie has allowed in a half all season.
The Storm mixed up their lineup coming out of the locker room but nothing stopped the red-hot Warriors. Wayne State moved ahead 73-34 on a Coleman layup with 10:55 to play and Lake Erie was only able to make a small dent in that margin en route to its sixth straight defeat. One highlight in the closing minutes for Lake Erie was the first career points for freshman guard Ethan Adamczyk (Uniontown, Ohio/Lake).
The Storm closes a three-game road swing at GLIAC South leading Hillsdale College Wednesday Feb. 1 at 8:00 p.m.