KINGSVILLE, Texas-- The Lake Erie College men's basketball team picked up their first win of the season, besting Henderson State University 68-59 in a neutral site game held on the campus of Texas A&M Kingsville Saturday (Nov. 15).
The Storm scored the first points of the game of a layup by Michael Morris (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) and slowly built a five point advantage, 11-6, early on. The Reddies eventually tied the game at 14 but the Storm went on a 10-0 run, fueld by baskets by Nick Deitsch (Lewis Center, Ohio/Orange), Nick Wells (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary), Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) and Steve Walczak (Columbus, Ohio/Olentangy). The Storm advantage reached as high as 14 in the first half as they took a comfortable 38-24 lead into the break.
Lake Erie continued to shine early on the second half with their lead reaching 19 before the 10 minute mark. The Reddies slowly clawed back into the as the cut into the Storm lead. In the final five minutes, the Reddies went on an 8-0 lead to cut the Storm advantage to just four but the Storm was resilient down the stretch as Trey Howard (Lima, Ohio/Lima Shawnee), Bosley and Wells converted five-of-six free throws in the final two-and-a-half minutes to seal the victory.
Bosley led all scorers with a career-high 22 points on eight-of-12 (66.7%) shooting. He also grabbed eight boards and assisting on three baskets in his 33 minutes of play. Wells also reached a career-high in points with 15 to go with his five rebounds. Roy Alexander (Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Ridge) also reached double figures in scoring for the Storm with 10 to go alongside six rebounds. Howard ended the game with seven points while Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) had six. Morris and Deitsch had four points apiece.
As a team, the Storm hit 22-of-57 (38.6%) shots, including 10-of-29 (34.5%) three pointers. The Storm won the battle of the boards, out-rebounding the Reddis 38-34, including 14 offensive rebounds to the Reddies' 11. The effort on the offensive rebounds helped the Storm score 13 second chance points. 29 of the Storm's points came off the bench.
The Storm is back in action Nov. 25 for their home opener against Ohio Mid-Western.