CANTON, Ohio— The Lake Erie College men's basketball team was unable to overcome a halftime deficit as they fell to Malone University, 77-64, in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play on the road Thursday (Jan. 15).
The teams exchanged points early on until the Storm went on a 9-0 run to amass a 15-7 lead five minutes in. However, the Pioneers fought back, going on a 12-0 run to take a 21-17 lead with under 10 to play in the opening half. Trailing 25-20 with seven-and-a-half minutes to play in the half, the Storm went on a 5-0 run to tie the game. Once again, the Pioneers answered the Storm run with one of their own as they took a 37-30 lead into the half.
Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) led the Storm with eight first half points. Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) had seven points while Nick Wells (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) had six. The Storm shot well in the opening half, hitting 13-of-24 (54.2%) of their shots including two-of-five (40%) of their three-point chances.
The Pioneers momentum carried over to the second half, as they grew their lead to 14 at the 15 minute mark. After the media timeout, the Storm made a run. A pair of free-throws by Bosley cut the Pioneer lead down to nine. After trading baskets, Sean Howard (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) hit a pair of free-throw to cut the lead to six. However, the Pioneers outscored the Storm 20-13 in the final eight minutes of play to seal the win.
Bosley ended the game with 17 points while Dudley had 11. Nick Deitsch (Lewis Center, Ohio/Orange) had seven points. Sean Howard and Nick Wells had six points apiece.
The Storm hit 25-of-54 (46.3%) of their shots. They committed just eight turnovers while forcing 11 from Malone. 19 of the Storm's points came from the bench. The Storm outscored the Pioneers in the paint 30-18.
The Storm is back in action Saturday, playing host to Walsh University in a GLIAC contest.