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.