PAINESVILLE, Ohio—The Lake Erie College men's basketball team was held scoreless for the final eight-and-a-half minutes of the first half as Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) South Division foe Walsh University ran away with a 72-51 win in Painesville Saturday evening (Feb. 9).
Kenny Kornowski and Hrvoje Vucic combined to go 17-of-26 from the field for 21 and 18 points respectively to lead the Cavaliers (14-6, 10-6 GLIAC).
The Storm (7-14, 4-13 GLIAC) exchanged points early in the first-half with the Cavaliers but the Cavaliers were able to pull ahead in part to Vucic's play off the bench, as he ended the first-half with 13 points on five -of-seven shooting. After the Storm tied the game at 22 with 8:39, the Cavaliers held the Storm scoreless the rest of the half and went on a 18-0 run to close to take a 40-22 lead.
In addition to Vucic, Kornowski also scored in double-digits in the opening half with 10 points. The Cavaliers hit 50% (17-of-34) of their shots from the floor and out rebounded the Storm 22-16. Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) and Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) netted five points a piece to lead the Storm. Lake Erie shot just 27.6% (eight-of-29) from the floor in the first 20 minutes.
The Storm went 1:37 into the second-half before Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) finally found the bottom of the net for the Storm. The Cavaliers continued to keep a comfortable lead, going up by as much as 26.
Four Cavaliers ended the game in double-figures: Kornowski (21), Vucic (18), Ryan Vanderhorst (14) and Rian Burrell (10). Kornowski also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Walsh shot 48.3% (28-of-58) from the field while outrebounding the Storm 40-36.
Dudley and Sims led the Storm with eight points apiece. Sims also grabbed a team-high six rebounds. Bosley and Trey Howard (Lima, Ohio/Lima Shawnee) netted seven points a piece. The Storm shot just 31.7% (19-of-60) from the floor as a team.
The Storm head to Hillsdale College on Thursday, February 14, to kick-off their final roadtrip of the season.