PAINESVILLE, Ohio— The Lake Erie College men's basketball team picked up an 82-69 win over Hillsdale College in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play Saturday (Dec. 12) in Painesville.
The win marked the first for the Storm over the Chargers since they joined the GLIAC.
"This was a really big win for us over such a strong Hillsdale team," said Storm Head Coach Cliff Hunt. "We probably defended better tonight than we have all year and we really had to for the win. Our guards were great with only three turnovers for the game and they sealed it for us at the line at the end of the game. This was an important win but its right back to work with two games next week before we go on break."
The opening half featured 11 ties and lead changes as it went back-and-forth for the first ten minutes with neither team finding a distinct advantage. With just over five minutes to play in the opening half, the Storm briefly gained a four point lead but the Chargers were quick to square up the game up at 28-28. Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) gave the Storm the lead back with a three-pointer a minute later. That shot started an 11-0 run for the Storm as they owned a 40-31 lead the break.
Sean Howard (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) led the Storm with 13 points in the first, hitting five-of-seven (71.4%) of his shots. Bosley had eight points with four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Overall, the Storm shot 50% (14-of-28) in the half and 47.1% (eight-of-17) from the three-point arc.
The start of the second mimicked the beginning of the game as the Storm maintained their advantage. The pace continued throughout as the Storm's lead grew to as much as 13. After the Chargers called a timeout with five-and-a-half to play, the Storm went on a 4-0 run to gain a 69-54 advantage.
Following the final media timeout, the Storm shooters lit up as the Storm pushed their lead to 18 after a Nick Wells (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary's) three. The Storm defense held tight down the stretch, securing the 82-69 win.
Sean Howard led the Storm with 23 points, also adding four rebounds and two steals. Bosley finished with 22 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals. Trey Howard (Lima, Ohio/Lima Shawnee) and Wells each had 11 points. Wells also grabbed five boards. Steve Walczak (Columbus, Ohio/Olentangy) added seven points and four rebounds off the bench. Collin Barth (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) had three assists off the bench,
For the game, the Storm shot 50.9% (28-of-55), including 13-of-29 (44.8%) threes. The offense was disciplined, turning the ball over just three times while forcing 10 from the Chargers.
The Storm concludes nonconference play Tuesday (Dec. 15) against Cedarville University.