(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) – It was a day to remember for junior guard Gabe Kynard as he scored a personal single-game best 30 points and surpassed 1,000 points in his career this afternoon. His performance was pivotal in Lake Erie's 86-78 defeat of rival Notre Dame College Saturday afternoon.
One could get a feeling that it was going to be a magical day just from the first two minutes of play. Kynard opened up with the first three Storm baskets for a quick seven points. A couple of minutes later, Kynard made a swipe on the Falcons' star forward Will Vorhees, drove in for a layup, and converted on the traditional three-point play after he was fouled.
Of course the victory was anything but easy for Head Coach Kyle Conley's group. Eventually the Falcons took flight and the offenses for both teams were churning out points. By the break, it was 40-40, Lake Erie was shooting 50 percent, Notre Dame was shooting 40, and Kynard had 17 points.
The second half was more of the same, but saw the momentum tide sway back-and-forth. A pair of baskets by David Dunnigan, the first of which was a dunk, put the Storm up 49-44 in the early part of the second half, only to see Notre Dame go on an 11-0 run to regain control. Another Dunnigan layup eventually put the Storm up 60-59, but once again the Falcons went on a small run to take a five-point lead with 7:05 left.
It was at that time the Storm went outside. Kynard launched a 3-pointer which was followed by two more by Erron James and Brogan Scott on the next two possessions. That put Lake Erie up 69-65 with 5:17 to go and forced the visitors to call time out. Harrison Riggs added another triple to make it 72-67, and the Storm never trailed again.
Kynard finished the day 10-of-13 overall from the field and 4-of-7 behind the arc. He added six rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block for good measure. His milestone bucket came at the 10:33 mark of the second half as his layup made the score 57-56 in favor of the Falcons.
James was also spectacular as he followed up his 21-point career-night at Shawnee State with 20 more today. He made three 3-pointers, pulled down five rebounds, and dished out four assists. Scott and Dunnigan added 13 and 12 points, respectively, to join them in double figures. All four Storm players had at least five rebounds as well.
As a team, the Storm were 30-of-60 for 50 percent with nine 3-pointers made.
Vorhees was a force for the Falcons once again as he led the team with 25 points on 10-of-17 from the field. He chalked up a double-double with 16 rebounds.
Lake Erie will play the second of its five-game home stand this Thursday as it welcomes Cedarville for a 7:30 p.m. tip.