PAINESVILLE, Ohio—The Lake Erie College men's basketball team battled close with the University of Findlay but were unable to overcome the Oilers as they fell 62-53 Saturday (Jan. 24) in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play.
The Oilers took an early lead but Trey Howard (Lima, Ohio/Lima Shawnee) drained a three-pointer to give the Storm a 9-7 lead. Roy Alexander (Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Grove) extended the lead to four with a lay-up but the Oilers cut the lead to one with a three-pointer. After a media timeout, the Oilers went on a 5-2 run to take the lead, 14-13, but Sean Howard (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) put the Storm back in front with a three-pointer. The Oilers gained the momentum after the second media timeout, going on a quick 6-0 run, forcing a timeout from the Storm. Following the timeout, the Storm went on a 7-3 run to tie the game at 23. The Oilers put together a 5-0 run but the Storm brought the game within one by answering with a 4-0 run. In the final minute of the half, Sean Howard hit a lay-up following a block by Michael Morris (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) to give the Storm a 29-28 at the half.
Trey Howard led the Storm with 10 points in the first half. Sean Howard had five points while Alexander, Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) and Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) had four apiece. Bosley also had four assists while Morris had five rebounds.
The Oilers regained the lead with a three-pointer to start the second half. Their lead grew to six before the first media timeout with 14 minutes remaining. The Storm cut into the Oiler lead, bringing the score to 40-37 and forcing a timeout from Findlay. Morris tied the game at 40 following the timeout but the Oilers took the lead once again with a free-throw. After the teams traded baskets, the Oilers went on a 10-4 run to move ahead by seven with five minutes to play. The Storm cut the lead to five following the final media timeout. The Oilers increased their lead to seven in the final minute but Sean Howard provided a quick answer to bring the game back within five. However, the Oilers converted all four of their free-throw attempts in the final minute to seal the win.
Bosley led the Storm in scoring with 11 points and a team-high five rebounds. Trey Howard and Dudley each had 10 points. Howard also grabbed five rebounds. Sean Howard ended the game with seven points. Steve Walczak (Columbus, Ohio/Olentangy) contributed six points and two rebounds. Morris had a team-high seven rebounds.
The Storm is back in action Thursday (Jan. 29) when they travel to face Tiffin University in GLIAC play.