(DETROIT) – The first road game of the season proved to be a good one as Lake Erie downed Wayne State 77-67 in the Matthei Center on Sunday afternoon. The Storm bounced back from Friday to even up at 1-1 on the season, while the Warriors dropped to 0-2.
Four players scored in double-figures for the Storm with Gabe Kynard leading all players with 23 points. He made 8-of-17 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers in the second half. Both came at moments where the Warriors attempted to rally and overcome a double-digit deficit.
The first was at the start of the second half when Karim Murray scored a layup only to see Kynard come back down 19 seconds later for the triple. Then as the game was winding down, Wayne State's Xavier Coachran scored on the And-1 3-point play, but Kynard's second bonus bomb put the Storm back up 68-58 with 2:12 to go.
The other three to score in double-digits were Erron James, Brogan Scott and David Dunnigan. All three were above .500 from the field. James and Scott were both 4-of-7, while Dunnigan came off the bench to make 5-of-8. James was excellent behind the arc with 3-of-4 3-pointers made, while Dunnigan paced the team on the glass with six rebounds. The Storm led by as many as 14 in the contest which followed on the coat tails of Kynard's first 3-pointer. After Wayne State attempted to answer with a triple of its own, Mitch Loomis was able to pull down the rebound and dish it to Harrison Riggs who pulled the trigger and sank a jumper from downtown.
Wayne State also put four players in double figures, but received little help from the bench. Dunnigan's 11 helped Lake Erie's bench outscore the Warriors' 18-8. The Warriors were led by Darian Owens-White with 15 points.
The Storm also held a 38-34 edge on the glass against the Warriors with 15 rebounds coming on the offensive end.
"I am proud of my guys ability to bounce back from a tough one Friday and win our first ever game at Wayne State," said Head Coach Kyle Conley on his way back Sunday evening. "To beat Wayne State on the road you must defend and rebound at a high level, and I think we accomplished both today. Fifteen offensive rebounds is a big number and if we can consistently hold teams under 70 we will always give ourselves a chance to win games."
The Storm return for a pair of home games this week and will host the first of those against Central State on Wednesday. Tip-off with Marauders is scheduled for 7 p.m. from the Osborne Center.