GREENSBURG, Pa. – After leading for most of the second half, the Lake Erie College men's basketball team dropped a heartbreaker to the Seton Hill Griffins on Tuesday (Nov. 22) night on the road.
The Griffins took the lead with 16 seconds left in the game for a 79-76 win over the Storm. Lake Erie is now 0-4 on the season.
Sean Howard (Indianapolis, Ind. / Lawrence North) opened the game with a layup for the Storm. The teams exchanged baskets for the first ten minutes of the half as the game was tied five times. With 9:59 left in the half, Seton Hill held a 19-16 lead, their largest lead in the first half. Seconds later, Kyle Hagey (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) tied the game at 19 with a three pointer. Seton Hill tied the game 24-24 prior to the under eight minute media timeout. Out of the timeout, the Storm went on an 11-0 run. Howard nailed two threes, helping the Storm open a 35-24 lead, forcing a Griffins timeout. Lake Erie opened the lead to 13 at the end of the half, as they led 43-30 at halftime.
Lake Erie shot 55% (17-31) in the first half as Howard led the way with 12 points. Seton Hill had a 43% shooting percentage, making 13-of-30 shot attempts.
Nick Wells began the second half with a layup, opening the lead to fifteen. Seton Hill used a 6-0 run at the 15 minute mark, slimming the lead to ten. With 12:10 left in the game, the Griffins got back within single digits as Noah Davis hit a three for the home team. Two minutes later, Jordan Humphrey (Columbus, Ohio / Westerville South) converted a layup for a ten point lead again. After Humphrey's layup, Seton Hill capped a 9-3 run pulling within four points of the Storm. A Davis three ball made it 64-60 with 8:39 left. The Griffins chipped away at the lead before Davis tied the game at 72 with a layup and a foul. With 3:04 left, Davis converted the free throw, giving Seton Hill their first lead since the 8:45 point of the first half. With 1:36 left in the game, Seton Hill tied the game at 76 all on a split pair of free throws.
Davis hit a jumper with 16 seconds left and made a free throw in the closing seconds, sealing a 79-76 victory for the Griffins. Davis scored 18 of his 26 points in the second half.
Seton Hill shot 52% in the second half, for an overall 48% (28-59) shooting percentage. Lake Erie was 14-of-31 in the second half and 50% overall (31-62) in the game.
Wells led the Storm with 13 points scored and six rebounds. Howard added 12 points while Humphrey and Gabe Kynard (Toledo, Ohio / St. John's) each scored 11 points. Kyle Hagey (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) scored nine points, a season-high.
Lake Erie will resume the season after the Thanksgiving holiday, playing in the Gary Miller Classic at Gannon. The Storm will face Gannon on Friday (Nov. 25).