PAINESVILLE, Ohio- The Lake Erie College men's basketball team fell in a back-and-forth battle with Ashland.
The Eagles scored first with a layup, but the Storm followed with a 5-0 run with a three pointer from Sean Howard (Indianapolis, Ind. / Lawrence North) and two free throws from Brogan Scott (Wadsworth, Ohio / Wadsworth). Ashland answered with a 9-2 run that gave the Eagles an 11-7 lead. Erron James (Westerville, Ohio / Westerville Central) made a layup that cut the lead to two with 12 minutes left. Over the next three minutes, Ashland pushed the lead to as many as nine. Lake Erie responded with a 15-5 run that saw five different players score. A three pointer by Nick Wells (Akron, Ohio / St. Vincent-St. Mary) gave the Storm a 29-28, the first lead in nearly 15 minutes. The Eagles expanded the lead to five in the final two minutes of the half. Scott ended the half with a three point play as Ashland led 34-32 at the break.
Scott led Lake Erie with nine points and five rebounds in the first 20 minutes. Howard added eight points, including two threes.
Jordan Humphrey (Columbus, Ohio / Westerville South) scored four of the first six points of the half for the Storm, a 6-0 run that opened a 38-34 lead. Lake Erie extended the lead to 44-38 as Wells and Howard both knocked down threes. The Eagles regained a six point lead on a 12-0 run. Mitch Loomis (Malvern, Ohio / Malvern) scored on back-to-back baskets with 11:29 left in the game, pulling the Storm within four. Gabe Kynard (Toledo, Ohio / St. John's) and Howard combined on back-to-back threes with eight minutes to go, as Lake Erie trailed by one. Following two Ashland free throws, Scott and Loomis combined for four straight points as Lake Erie tied the game at 65 with 5:15 left. The Storm could not complete the comeback and fell 76-74.
Lake Erie was led by Howard as he had 20 points, five assists, and a pair of steals. Scott pitched in with 19 points, eight points, and was a perfect 9-9 from the foul line. Wells also scored double digit points as he tallied 10 points, and had a rebound.
The Storm will be back in action Saturday (Jan. 21) when they travel to take on Findlay with the game set to tip at 3 p.m.