SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.—The Lake Erie College men's basketball team fell to 18th-ranked Lake Superior State University 89-80 Saturday (Jan. 2) in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play Saturday (Jan. 2).
The Lakers got out to a hot start, owning a 17-7 advantage five minutes in. The lead grew to 20 at the second media timeout midway through the half. In the closing minutes of the half, the Lakers led by as much as 26 as they owned a 51-26 lead at the break.
Jordan Michael (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) led the Storm with seven points in the opening half while Trey Howard (Lima, Ohio/Lima Shawnee) had six. Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) and Steve Walczak (Columbus, Ohio/Olentangy) had four points apiece.
The Storm cut the lead down to 18 early in the second half but the Lakers re-established their lead at 22, 51-73, with nine minutes to play. The lead began to dwindle as the Storm slowly chipped away at the Lakers with a 6-0 run. With just over two minutes to play, the Storm worked the lead down to just 12, 80-68. The Lakers answered with a three but the Storm continued to shoot well as a Bosley three brought the lead to just seven in the final minute. However, it was not enough for the Storm to overcome the Laker advantage.
Bosley led the Storm with 25 points, hitting seven-of-12 shots. Roy Alexander (Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Grove) and Trey Howard had 12 points apiece. Michael ended the game with nine points while Walczak had eight.
The Storm shot extremely well from the free-throw line, converting 27-of-28 (96.4%) attempts, a program-best. They forced 21 turnovers leading to 29 points. The Storm bench contributed 31 points.
Lake Erie is back in action on the road tomorrow against Northwood University.