CEDARVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College men's basketball team was in action today as they were victorious over Cedarville, 65-63. With the win, the Storm set a season high in wins since joining Division-II with 13. The Storm clinched a berth in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament with the win.
Head Coach Kyle Conley said, "I give my guys a ton of credit for hanging in and finding a way to win a tough road game with a ton on the line. Today was a big step for our program, we clinched our first postseason appearance at the Division-II level, and 13 wins is a new season high. I am very proud of our players and coaches."
The game started as a defensive battle as the opening two minutes were scoreless. The Yellow Jackets broke the drought with a 10-2 run, and Cedarville led 10-2 at the under 16 minute media timeout. Out of the break, the Storm cut the lead to five when Brogan Scott (Wadsworth, Ohio / Highland) made a layup and Harrison Riggs (Toledo, Ohio / St. John's) knocked down a three pointer to make the score 12-7. Lake Erie entered the under 12 minute media timeout behind, 15-7. The Storm scored back-to-back baskets to force a Cedarville timeout. The buckets were scored by Ennis Thomas (Westerville, Ohio / Westerville South), and David Dunnigan (Cleveland, Ohio / Padua) to make the score 15-11. After a couple of minutes of back and forth action, the Storm went on a 5-0 run to make the score 23-22 in favor of the Yellow Jackets. The run was started by a three pointer from Gabe Kynard (Toledo, Ohio / St. John's) and capped off by a Jordan Humphrey (Columbus, Ohio / Westerville South) layup. Lake Erie continued their strong play and took a 25-24 lead off an Erron James (Westerville, Ohio / Westerville Central) three pointer, with just over five minutes remaining in the first half. Late in the first half,the Yellow Jackets went on a 7-0 run, and took a 33-30 edge into the intermission.
The Storm came out of the locker room ready to play, as they opened the half on a quick 4-0 run to regain a 34-33 advantage. The run was sparked by James as he had a layup and an assist during the run. Lake Erie maintained a 39-38 lead at the under 16 minute media timeout. The teams traded baskets for four minutes, and the Storm held a 44-43 edge with just under 12 minutes remaining in the game. After the timeout, the Yellow Jackets tied the game, but Lake Erie responded with a 7-2 run to take a 53-48 advantage. The run was capped by a layup from Thomas, and the Storm forced the under eight minute media timeout. The next four minutes were back and forth, as Lake Erie held a 61-55 edge at the final media timeout of the game. Out of the timeout, Cedarville cut the Storm lead to 61-59 to force a Storm timeout with under two minutes remaining in the game. The Yellow Jackets tied the game with 26 seconds remaining. James answered for the Storm as he hit the game winning shot with two seconds remaining in the game. The Storm won the game 65-63.
The Storm was led by James as he had a career high 13 points, four steals, and a pair of assists. Scott added 11 points and two rebounds for the Storm. Mitch Loomis (Malvern, Ohio / Malvern) led the Storm in rebounds with eight, and had six points.
Lake Erie will return to the hardwood Thursday (Feb. 22) when they host Walsh, with the game set to tip at 5:30 p.m.