PAINESVILLE, Ohio— The Lake Erie College men's basketball team fell to Michigan Tech University 65-57 Thursday (Jan. 7) at home in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action.
The teams traded baskets early on until the Huskies gained a 16-11 advantage at the first media timeout. After the timeout, the Huskies went on a 7-0 run to gain control, leading to a Storm timeout with 12 minutes to play in the half. Michigan Tech maintained the lead throughout the remainder of the half. In the final minutes, the Storm chipped away at the lead, bringing the score within five, 30-25, after a three by Michael Morris (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine). The Huskies scored the last couple baskets of the half, however, as they owned a 34-25 lead at the break.
Morris led the Storm with 11 points in the first half, hitting three-of-four three-pointers. Trey Howard (Lima, Ohio/Lima Shawnee) added seven points.
The Huskies continued to shoot well in the second half, leading by as much as 19 midway through. However, the Storm would not back down as they slowly chipped away at the Husky lead.
Sean Howard (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) and Morris hit back-to-back threes to bring the score within 13. After the Huskies hit a three, Morris hit his second straight to bring the lead to 13 once again. Trey Howard brought the lead down to 10 following a Jordan Michael (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) free-throw with just over five minutes to play.
Following the media timeout, Steve Walczak (Columbus, Ohio/Olentangy) and Sean Howard hit back-to-back layups to bring the game within six points, 64-58.
The Huskies answered with their own layup but Trey Howard responded with a quick three-pointer. Michigan Tech converted the front end of a one-and-one to bring the lead to six but Sean Howard responded with a layup.
The Storm continued to play well down the stretch but would not get closer than within four points as the Huskies shot well from the free-throw line to secure the win.
Morris ended the game with a team-high 20 points to go with his team-high nine rebounds. Trey Howard was also in double-digits, going for 15 points with two steals. Sean Howard finished with seven points with three assists. Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) had eight rebounds.
Lake Erie turned the ball over just nine times compared to Michigan Tech's 15, turning those turnovers into 13 points.
The Storm is back in action Saturday (Jan. 9) against Northern Michigan.