(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) – For the second time this season, Lake Erie gave No. 8 Findlay all it could handle, but came up just short once again in a 71-68 decision. The Storm (14-9, 9-6) had an opportunity to tie the game in the final seconds, but a 3-point attempt came up just short. In two games against the Oilers (20-3, 14-2) this season, Lake Erie has fallen by a combined five points.
Gabe Kynard led with a game-high 24 points and was a rebound shy of another double-double. Ennis Thomas provided a big spark off the bench for one of his best games of the season as he added 16 points. He was 7-of-12 from the field and added three assists and three steals.
The Oilers were able to counter with a quartet of double-figure scorers of their own. Alex White poured in 16 to lead the visitors and was 7-of-11 from the field. Anthony Masterlasco added 14 and was 6-of-7. The duo were a big reason why Findlay was able to shoot near their season average with a 50.9 percent success rate on the evening.
Still, Lake Erie was able to keep itself in the game defensively. The Oilers were forced into 18 turnovers with 10 of them coming on steals by the storm. It matched a season-high for Findlay who coughed up the ball that many times in a pair of blowout wins earlier this season.
Along with Thomas, James added three steals. He was also a defensive menace on Findlay shots with a pair of Lake Erie's five blocks.
The Green and White will look to bounce back on Saturday as they host Hillsdale for Senior Day. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.