ASHLAND, Ohio-- The Lake Erie College men's basketball team was unable to recover from a seven-point halftime deficit as they fell at Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) South Division rival Ashland University, 81-61, on Saturday (Feb. 2).
The Eagles (7-11, 5-10 GLIAC) were led by twenty-plus point performances from Brook Turson and Evan Yates.
Despite shooting 44.4% (12-of-27) in the first-half, the Storm (6-13, 3-12 GLIAC) found themselves trailing 38-31 at the half. Riley Thomas (Cardington, Ohio/Cardington-Lincoln) led the Storm with 11 points in the half on four-of-five (80%) shooting and a perfect three-of-three on three-point attempts while Trey Howard (Lima, Ohio/Lima-Shawnee) netted six. Turson led the Eagles with 17 points in the opening half, hitting five-of-six (83.3%) of his three-point attempts while Yates scored 10 on five-of-six shooting from the floor. The duo helped the Eagles shoot 51.6% (16-of-31) in the half.
The teams exchanged baskets to start the second-half but the Eagles came out on top, hitting three three-pointers in the first three minutes. From there the Eagles ran away with the game, not letting the Storm come within more than six points in the second-half, as the Eagles captured the victory, 81-61.
Turson led the Eagles with 27 points on eight three-pointers. Yates ended the game with 21 points on eight-of-nine (88.8%) shooting from the floor while collecting a game-high 11 rebounds to round out his double-double. The Eagles shot 53.7% (29-of-54) from the floor for the game including 12-of-28 (42.9%) from beyond the arch. Ashland held a slight rebounding advantage, 35-30.
Thomas ended the game with a team-high 14 points with four three-pointers. Howard scored 11 points while tallying a game-high three steals. Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) scored 10 and grabbed a team-high four rebounds. Rich Austin (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) scored seven points off the bech in his first game back after missing the previous six.
The Storm shot 41.5% (22-of-53) from the floor for the game but converted just 10-of-26 shots (38.5%) in the second-half. Thomas's four-of-five three-point shooting performance helped Lake Erie go six-of-13 (46.2%) from beyond the arch.
Lake Erie returns to action on Thursday, February 9, when they host Malone University. The Storm defeated the Pioneers 82-79 earlier in the season on the road.