PAINESVILLE, Ohio—The Lake Erie College men's basketball team picked up a thrilling overtime win over Seton Hill University, 77-73, Thursday (Nov. 19) in their home opener.
The back-and-forth contest featured 11 ties and nine lead changes.
"That was a gritty win by our guys against a team that really exposed some things that we will have to clean up," said Storm Head Coach Cliff Hunt. "Our fans were incredible, well except for the technical they got, but it was an exciting environment and we really appreciated the sixth Man in the stands."
The Griffins took the lead early on in the opening half by as much as eight. The Storm fought back, slowly narrowing the gap until they gained the lead, 26-25, with five-and-a-half to play in the frame.
The teams went back-and-forth, finding themselves tied at 34 with two minutes to go. In the closing minute of play, the Storm outscored the Griffins 5-0 to take a 39-34 lead into the half.
Trey Howard (Lima, Ohio/Lima Shawnee) led the Storm with 10 points in the opening half. Roy Alexander (Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Ridge) scored nine while Sean Howard (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) had eight.
The Storm shot 44.8% (13-of-29) from the floor in the half, including eight-of-18 (44.8%) from the three-point arc.
The Griffins slowly chipped away at the lead to open the second half, tying the game at 44. The back-and-forth continued until the Griffins established a four point lead, 56-52, midway through.
The Storm fought back and gradually narrowed the lead until a pair of Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) free-throws tied the game with three minutes to play.
After the Griffins regained the lead on the ensuing possession, Trey Howard hit a jumper to tie the game for the ninth time.
With just over a minute to play, Nick Wells (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary's) hit a free-throw to give the Storm a one point lead.
In the final second of the half, the Griffins got fouled and converted one-of-two free throws to send the game into overtime.
Bosley led the Storm with 14 points in the second half.
The Storm struck first in the extra session with a Sean Howard layup, however, the Griffins quickly matched it. A minute later, Trey Howard drained a three to give the Storm a 68-65 lead.
After a free-throw by the Griffins, Trey Howard hit his second three of the frame to increase the Storm advantage to five.
In the closing minutes, Wells and Bosley converted a pair of free throws apiece to seal the win for the Storm.
Trey Howard ended the game with a career-high 22 points. He also had a team-high three steals to go alongside a pair of rebounds and assists. Bosley netted 20 while grabbing four rebounds and blocking two shots. He was a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line. Sean Howard ended the game in double digits with 12 points while Alexander had nine. Wells had a team-high seven rebounds while Michael Morris (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) came down with five.
The Storm shot 40.3% (25-of-62) for the game. Overall, the Storm defense forced 17 turnovers, leading to 19 points.
"We have to give props to senior Trey Howard who hit some really big shots and Andy Bosley and Nic Wells for making pressure free throws," concluded Coach Hunt.
Lake Erie is back in action at Edinboro University Tuesday (Nov. 24).