PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College men's basketball team was in action today as they were victorious over Trevecca Nazarene, 75-67. With the win the Storm improves to 9-4 overall and 4-1 in Great Midwest Athletic Conference play.
Head Coach Kyle Conley said, "I am happy to win our first ever GMAC home game. Trevecca is a good team, and there is not a team with a more deceiving record. That team will win games in the second half of the season".
The Storm opened the scoring when Gabe Kynard (Toledo, Ohio / St. John's) converted a layup. After the Kynard layup the Trojans went on a 10-2 run that gave them a 10-4 lead at the first media timeout of the game. Out of the break Lake Erie cut the lead to 10-8 when Ryan Middendorf (West Chester, Ohio / Lakota East) hit a jumper off an assist from Michael Morris (New Palestine, Ind. / New Palestine). Trevecca responded with an 8-0 run, and took a 19-8 edge with just over 12 minutes remaining in the first half. The teams traded baskets for four minutes, and the Trojans held a 30-18 advantage at the under eight minute media timeout. After the timeout, the Storm went on a 7-0 run that cut the Trevecca lead to 34-30. The run was capped by a three pointer from Middendorf. The Storm continued to battle, and a three pointer at the buzzer from Harrison Riggs (Toledo, Ohio / St. John's) trimmed the Trojans lead to 40-38 at the intermission.
Lake Erie came out of the locker room ready to play as they got a defensive stop and then tied the game when Lamont Rhodes (Bedford, Ohio / Bedford) hit a pair of foul shots. The teams battled through the first four minutes of the final half and the Storm had a 47-44 edge at the first media timeout. Out of the timeout, a quick 6-0 Trojans run gave them a 50-47 advantage with just over 13 minutes remaining in the game. Trevecca stretched their lead to six before the Storm answered with a 7-0 that provided Lake Erie with a 58-57 lead with just over 10 minutes remaining in the game. The run was capped by a Mitch Loomis (Malvern, Ohio / Malvern) layup. The teams battled through the middle part of the half and Lake Erie led 62-60 at the under eight minute media timeout. After the timeout the Storm put the game away with an 11-2 run that saw their lead swell to 73-64. The Storm held the Trojans at bay for the remaining two minutes and won the game, 75-67.
The Storm was led by Kynard as he had a team high 16 points, and grabbed five rebounds. Brogan Scott (Wadsworth, Ohio / Highland) added 14 points, and four rebounds for the Storm. Middendorf provided a spark for the Storm off the bench with 14 points, and four boards.
Coach Conley added, "Our defensive effort in the second half was the difference in the game. We talked at halftime that we must keep them under 70 points to give ourselves a chance to win".
Lake Erie will be back in action Thursday (Jan. 4) when they host Hillsdale with the game set to tip at 5:30 p.m.