MARQUETTE, Mich.—The Lake Erie College men's basketball team was unable to escape Marquette, Mich. with a win, falling to Northern Michigan University 62-50 Saturday (Jan. 10) in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play.
The Storm jumped out to a 6-2 lead early on with three points each from Sean Howard (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) and Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange). The Wildcats tied the game at six and eventually went on a 10-0 run to take an 18-8 lead. The Storm fought back, outscoring Northern Michigan 9-4 down the stretch to cut the lead to five at the half.
Bosley led the Storm with five points in the opening half. Howard and Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) had three points apiece. Roy Alexander (Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Grove), Nick Wells (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) and Nick Deitsch (Lewis Center, Ohio/Orange) had two points each.
Howard started the second half with a three-pointer to cut the lead to two. The game remained close as the teams exchanged baskets before Trey Howard (Lima, Ohio/Lima Shawnee) tied the game at 37 for the Storm with a lay-up. The Storm then took the lead, 39-37, on an Alexander basket. The Wildcats regained the lead, 42-41, in the final five minutes of play. Down the stretch, the Wildcats held onto the lead, outscoring the Storm 21-9, to close out the game.
Wells led the Storm with 10 points. Alexander had nine points while Dudley and Sean Howard had eight. Dudley also had a team-high nine rebounds. Bosley had seven points and three assists. Deitsch had six points to go along with his seven rebounds.
The Storm collected 32 rebounds, including 11 offensive. They scored 19 second chance points and 22 in the paint.
Lake Erie is back in action Thursday (Jan. 15) when they wrap-up their current road trip at Malone University.