Comeback Bid Falls Short at Tiffin

(Photo by Baker Media Productions)
(Photo by Baker Media Productions)

TIFFIN, Ohio—The Lake Erie College men's basketball team's second-half comeback attempt fell short as they suffered a road loss at Tiffin University Thursday (Feb. 20), 69-62.

The Dragons gained a 15-6 lead early on but the Storm marched back.  A three-pointer from Riley Thomas (Cardington, Ohio/Cardington-Lincoln) kicked-off a 7-0 Storm run to bring the lead down to four.  Nate Tait (South Euclid, Ohio/Brush/Alderson-Broaddus) eventually tied the game up at 19.  After Tiffin scored on the ensuing possession, Tait once again tied the game up with a layup. 

The Dragons went on a 4-0 lead to regain the lead, 25-21, but layups from Tait and Roy Alexander (Coumbus, Ohio/Walnut Ridge) brought the game back to a stalemate.  After trading baskets, Khaleal McCormick hit a late jump shot to give Tiffin a 29-27 edge at the half.

Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) led the Storm with eight points in the opening frame while Thomas and Tait added seven and six respectively.  Overall, the Storm outshot the Dragons 41.4% (12-of-29) to 34.3% (12-of-35).  Tiffin held a slight rebounding edge, 23-20.

After Tiffin struck first in the second-half, a three from Thomas and a basket from Sims put the Storm in front, 32-31.  After exchanging the lead back and forth, the teams were tied at 43.  Joe Graessle led the Dragons on a 10-2 run, scoring all ten, moving them in front, 53-45. 

The Storm slowly battled back.  Trailing 59-51 at the six minute mark, the Storm went on a 7-2 run, led by five points from Sims, to cut the lead to three.  After a pair of Tiffin free-throws, Tom Parker (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) hit a layup to bring the lead back down to three but the Dragons closed the game on a 6-2 run to seal the win.

Thomas led the Storm with 22 points while Sims had 16.  Tait, Alexander and Parker had four apiece.  Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) and Alexander led the Storm with five boards apiece. 

The Storm finished the game shooting 45.1% (23-of-51).

Graessle led all players with 29 points while McCormick had 22.

The Storm is back in action Saturday (Feb. 22) on the road against Ohio Dominican University.