ASHLAND, Ohio—The Lake Erie College men's basketball team bounced back on the second day of the Holiday Inn Exempt Tournament with a 100-89 win over Missouri S&T Saturday (Nov. 14).
"This was a important win for us after a tough loss to the University of Indianapolis less than 24 hours earlier," said Storm Head Coach Cliff Hunt. "Our guys hung tough against a scrappy Missouri S&T team that plays an unusually up tempo game. I think our solid depth paid off and our perimeter players, led by Andy Bosley and Sean Howard, attacked their pressure and made great decisions the whole game."
The first half featured fast pace offense from both sides. The Miners jumped ahead early, 17-10, but the Storm fought back and took the lead at 32-31 off a Michael Morris (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) three. The Storm lead grew to as much as ten in the half as they owned a 49-46 lead at the break.
Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) led the Storm with 12 points in the opening frame. Nick Wells (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary's) had seven and Morris had six. Nick Deitsch (Lewis Center, Ohio/Orange) scored eight off the bench. The Storm hit 19-of-33 (57.6%) shots in the opening half.
The teams went back-and-forth in the second half before the Storm extended the lead to nine with 14 minutes to play. The Miners narrowed the gap to three in the following minutes. The Storm responded with a 9-2 run to re-establish their lead, 73-63, with 10 to play.
Down the stretch, the Storm led by as much as fourteen as they secured the win, 100-89.
Bosley led the Storm with a career-high 27 points to go with seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks. Sean Howard (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) scored 17 points to go alongside a team-high seven assists. Morris finished with 13 points while Wells had 12 points and five assists. Roy Alexander (Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Grove) scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds off the bench.
The Storm shot 52.2% (36-of-69) for the game, including 41.9% (13-of-31) from the three point line
Lake Erie tallied 34 rebounds. They committed 13 turnovers to Missouri S&T's 16. The Storm scored 20 points off turnovers.
The Storm makes their home debut Thursday (Oct. 19) against Seton Hill University.