(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) – A first half explosion by Gabe Kynard helped propel Lake Erie to a 74-60 victory over Edinboro in regional action at the Osborne Center on Saturday afternoon. The Storm (3-1) have now won three consecutive, while the Fighting Scots (1-1) dropped even on the season.
Kynard finished with a game-high 25 points, one shy of his career-high last year in the G-MAC Tournament. Of those, 18 came in the first half where he was 7-of-14 with a pair of 3-pointers. For the game he finished 10-of-19 and was a rebound shy of a double-double.
Of his nine rebounds, five were on the offensive end, all of which took place in the first half and translated to six points.
Erron James also had a strong game from the field and downed 6-of-11 and was 3-of-5 from distance for 15 points. He pulled down six rebounds and led the team with six assists.
The Storm led by as many as 28 midway through the second half thanks to an impressive sequence of athletic plays. After Ennis Thomas was able to break away for a fast-break dunk, the Scots attempted to counter with a layup, but Kevin Peterson was able to stuff the attempt. James was able to pull down the rebound and found Jordan Humphery open on the right wing for a 3-pointer that gave Lake Erie a 60-32 lead.
Lake Erie controlled the boards by a 39-32 margin, and helped force Edinboro into some bad shots which translated into a 29.4 field goal percentage.
The Storm will now try to make it four-straight as they head on the road for one game next week. They'll make the short trip up I-90 to take on Mercyhurst on Tuesday. Tip-off with the Lakers is set for 7 p.m.