(VIENNA, W.Va.) – The opening weekend of G-MAC play went well for Lake Erie as it was one of just three teams to go unbeaten in the first games. Now the Storm (5-3, 2-0) begins one of their most difficult stretches of the season with five consecutive games on the road.
First up will be a trip to the Mountain State to take on Ohio Valley. The Fighting Scots opened up the season with three-straight wins, but dropped their first two G-MAC games a week ago at Malone and Walsh.
The Storm features the top defense in the G-MAC thus far in the short season. Lake Erie has yielded an average of just 64.6 points through eight games. As a result the Storm are also at the top of field goal percentage defense as the opposition has made just 40.1 percent of attempts against the Green and White.
On the opposite end Ohio Valley comes in as one of the top scoring teams in the conference. The Scots' early success has helped their offensive numbers and they are currently No. 4 in the G-MAC with 81.8 points per game. OVU can also flash defensive ability as it is second in blocked shots per game with 4.8 and third in steals with 7.6 per game.
Both teams crash the glass hard with Lake Erie No. 2 in the league with 42.8 rebounds per game and Ohio Valley close behind at No. 4 with 39.0. The Storm are tops in the G-MAC with 14.5 offensive caroms per game which currently ranks No. 15 in the nation, while the Scots lead the defensive category with 30.6 a contest, No. 12 in the country.
After a pair of incredible games last week, Gabe Kynard has now entered the top five in scoring and is second in the G-MAC with 18.0 points per game. In addition to getting it done from the field, he's also been excellent from the charity stripe with 75 percent of his attempts made for a No. 7 ranking in the conference.
OVU counters with Christian Alley who has scored 15.0 points per game. Three other Scots also average double figures.
Tip-off takes place at approximately 7:30 p.m. from the Snyder Activity Center.