BIG RAPIDS, Mich.—The Lake Erie College men's basketball team fell in its Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) opener at 13th-ranked Ferris State University, 77-68, Thursday evening (Dec. 3).
The Bulldogs jumped out to an early lead in the first half after the teams were tied at eight. The lead grew to 12 eight minutes in but the Storm brought the game within five, 26-21, minutes later. However, the Bulldogs went on a run to close the half with a 44-30 lead.
The Bulldogs continued to shoot well to open the second half, increasing their lead to 20 but the Storm fought back, bringing the lead down to 14 with ten minutes to play. The teams went back-and-forth as the lead went down to 12 with five minutes to play. Trailing by 12 with just over a minute to play, Michael Morris (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) hit a three to bring the game within single digits but the Bulldogs converted six-of-eight free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win.
Trey Howard led the Storm with 15 points while Sean Howard had 11. Morris and Nick Wells (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary's) had nine points apiece. Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) led the team with eight rebounds. Collin Barth (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) scored nine points off the bench, hitting three-of-four three pointers.
Lake Erie committed just six turnovers while the Bulldogs turned it over 14 times. The Storm took advantage of the turnovers, scoring 15 points off them.
The Storm is back in action Saturday afternoon (Dec. 5) at Grand Valley State University.