(VIENNA, W.Va.) – It may be December, but Lake Erie had no problems heating up the Snyder Activity Center in an 84-69 defeat of Ohio Valley on Thursday night. The Storm (6-3, 3-0) were successful on 50 percent of their shots from the field as all five starters scored in double figures.
After the Fighting Scots (3-3, 0-3) opened up the game with the first points, it was all Lake Erie the rest of the way as the Green and White went on a 14-0 run to take control. The Storm led by double-digits the rest of the way.
The momentum kept building as it was all systems go for Head Coach Kyle Conley's crew. By halftime the Storm led by 20, and that lead ballooned to as many as 28 after a Mitch Loomis layup made the score 76-48. Ohio Valley eventually started to chip away at the large Lake Erie lead, but it was too little, too late.
Overall the Storm were 33-of-66 from the field and drained 10 3-pointers. The bonus bombs helped contribute to the early first half blitz as Lake Erie made seven of its first nine attempts. Harrison Riggs and Gabe Kynard each made three to lead the team behind the arc, while Erron James added a pair himself. Riggs finished with 14, Kynard totaled 13, and James chipped in 10.
It wasn't just the outside game from which Lake Erie benefited. The Storm were also a force inside the paint where they scored half of their points and outscored the Scots by a 42-30 margin. David Dunnigan was the leader underneath as he pounded his way to a game-high 17 points. He was almost perfect on the day as he made 7-of-8 from the field.
Speaking of perfect, that's exactly what Brogan Scott was as he made all five attempts for 11 points. He was two rebounds shy of a double-double and made two steals.
Ohio Valley had a decent shooting night as well as the Scots made 43.9 percent of their shots, but the Storm forced 20 turnovers which contributed to 22 points. Dylan Harrison led the hosts with 14 points on 4-of-5, all from range, and a pair of free throws. David Adeyemo recorded a double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds.
The Storm now gears up for a date at Ohio Dominican on Saturday. Tip-off with the Panthers is slated for 3 p.m.