DETROIT, Mich.—The Lake Erie College men's basketball team battled to the end but were unable to overcome Wayne State University, falling 76-67 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action Thursday (Feb. 12).
The Warriors jumped out to a 7-0 lead to start the game. However, the Storm put together a 10-0 run, capped off by a Nick Deitsch (Lewis Center, Ohio/Orange) three-pointer. The Warriors fought back and took the lead but a pair of Sean Howard (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) free-throws put the Storm back in front, 12-11. In response, the Warriors put together an 11-0 run to regain control as they took a 29-19 lead into the half.
The Warrior lead reached 13 early in the second half but a Trey Howard three-pointer brought the lead to 10. A 10-2 lead by the Warriors was stifled by a Roy Alexander (Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Ridge) three. Alexander hit a second three shortly thereafter to cut the lead to 12. After trading baskets, a steal by Trey Howard led to an Alexander dunk to cut the lead to 10 once again.
Trailing by 12 with under eight minutes to play, Dudley hit a three-pointer to bring the lead to within single digits. The lead grew to 11 but Alexander hit another three to cut it to eight with under six minutes to play. Alexander continued to perform well, cutting the lead to seven with a free-throw.
The game continued to go back and forth, with Wayne State owning a 68-57 lead with a minute to play. Alexander hit a lay-up to cut the lead to nine. After the Warriors hit one-of-two free-throws on the other end, a Trey Howard lay-up brought the lead to eight. However, the Warriors hit seven-of-eight free throws in the final forty seconds to hold on for the win.
Dudley and Alexander ended the game with 14 points apiece. Trey Howard finished with 13 points and three assists. Nick Wells (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) and Sean Howard had seven points apiece off the bench while Deitsch had six. Howard also added a team-high five assists while Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) had four. The Storm hit 22-of-45 (48.9%) of their shots, including nine-of-17 (52.9%) from the three-point line. 34 of the Storm's points came off the bench.
The Storm is back in action Saturday (Feb. 14) as they travel to the University of Findlay.