GAME 23: "TAKING BREAST CANCER BY STORM"
Lake Erie College Storm (7-15) vs. Central State University Marauders (17-4)
When: Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010 at 3 p.m.
Where: Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center (700 capacity) Painesville, Ohio
Radio Broadcast/Live Audio Stream: ESPN 970 WFUN (Craig Deas, play-by-play)
Live Stats: www.lec.edu/ath_stats/livestats/mbk/xlive.htm
Series History: Central State leads 3-0
Last Meeting (Result): Jan. 9, 2010 (Central State won 82-74 in Wilberforce, Ohio)
STORM LOOKING FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WIN SATURDAY: The Lake Erie men's basketball team looks for its second straight win on Saturday when it hosts Central State University at 3 p.m. The Storm earned a 68-66 last-second home win over Ohio Dominican last Saturday (Jan. 30) after coming off an 0-3 road trip. Lake Erie has won two straight at home and is now 5-3 this season at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center. Central State is coming off a 92-57 win over cross-town rival Wilberforce on Thursday (Feb. 4).
THINK PINK: Saturday afternoon at the Osborne Center, Lake Erie College will be "Taking Breast Cancer by Storm" as part of the GLIAC's Pink Wave initiative. The basketball teams will be decked in pink shooting shirts as well as other accessories. All fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness. Fans will also have free admission to the event and will have the opportunity to donate to the Kay Yow WBCA Cancer Fund.
23rd SEASON OF STORM HOOPS: In 23 seasons of Lake Erie men's basketball, the Storm has posted an overall record of 188-376 (.333). However, since opening the 2002-03 season, Lake Erie is 115-96 (.545).
UP NEXT: The Lake Erie Storm will play its second game in three days on Monday (Feb. 8) when it hosts No. 6 Indiana University (Pa.) at 7 p.m. The Crimson Hawks enter this weekend with an 18-1 record.
RANK AND FILE: Indiana (Pa.) will be the sixth ranked team the Storm will play this season and the first at the Osborne Center. Lake Erie has not beaten a ranked team this season, but dropped a pair of two-point games on the road at No. 25 Kentucky Wesleyan and No. 2 Florida Southern (see "Sweating It Out", Page 3).
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Junior point guard Antonio Kidd's (Cleveland, Ohio/Lakewood) jumper from the left side with 0.7 seconds left lifted the Lake Erie men's basketball team to a 68-66 home win over Ohio Dominican last Saturday (Jan. 30). The teams played a tight game throughout with nine lead changes and 10 ties. The Storm trailed by four points at halftime, but took a lead as large as seven (48-41) with 11 minutes remaining. The Panthers eventually tied the game at 66-66 with 13 seconds left after John Trew connected on a jumper. But Kidd brought the ball up court and set up his 12-foot jumper from the left wing, knocking it down for the win. The Panthers could not get off a final shot as the horn sounded. Junior guard Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) paced the Storm with 18 points, while senior forward Darnell Campbell (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) added 11 of his 16 in the second half.
CAMPBELL SELECTED FOR ECAC HONOR: Darnell Campbell capped an outstanding week by being chosen as the East Coast Athletic Conference's co-Player of the Week. The senior wing averaged 17 points and 8.5 rebounds last week. He contributed a 18-point, 12-rebound double-double in last Monday's (Jan. 25) loss at Davis & Elkins before dropping 16 points and five rebounds in last Saturday's win over ODU.
SWEATING IT OUT: Prior to last Saturday's 68-66 win, the Storm had dropped three straight two-point games (all on the road, two to ranked teams), the last coming in its previous game against Davis & Elkins on Jan. 25. The Storm tied the game in with 13 seconds left, but the Senators pulled out the win, hitting a shot with 1.1 seconds left. On Dec. 28, the Storm had No. 2 Florida Southern on the ropes, leading by two with under 10 seconds left, but the Mocassins hit four free throws in that span for the 88-86 win. LEC led that game by as many as 11 in the first half. The Storm turned an 18-point deficit into a four-point lead with 1:38 left against No. 25 Kentucky Wesleyan on Dec. 12, but the Panthers scored the last six points in the game to steal the 79-77 decision.
CAMPBELL CLIMBING THE CHARTS: With his 16 points last Saturday, senior forward Darnell Campbell moved into sixth place on Lake Erie's all-time scoring list with 1,132 points. Campbell is just 25 points shy of passing Ryan Myers (1996-99) for fifth on that list. Campbell is also fifth all-time with 518 career rebounds, needing 28 more to move past Jeremy Damron (1992-96, 545) for fourth place.
DOUBLING UP: While Campbell is climbing the career charts, he's also piling up double-doubles in the process. The 6-foot-6 swingman has three double-dips in his last five games and five times in his last seven he has finished with a double-double or has been either one point or rebound shy. Since scoring his 1,000th career point against California (Pa.) on Dec. 21, Campbell is averaging 15.6 points and 8.3 rebounds.
ON THE GLASS: Lake Erie has put up strong rebounding numbers this season, stats that would rank the Storm near the top of the GLIAC this season. Using the GLIAC as a measuring stick, the Storm would lead the league in offensive rebounds at 14.0 per game. Lake Erie would be third in overall rebounding.
WHERE AT IN THE GLIAC?: On the individual level, junior guard Ethan Bradshaw would rank 11th in the GLIAC in scoring at 14.8 points per game, while freshman center Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) would be sixth in offensive rebounds per game (2.1) and third in field goal percentage (56.3%).
KIDD CONNECTING FROM DEEP: In the last seven games, junior guard Antonio Kidd is shooting 47% (18-of-38) from three-point range. Prior to that, he was hitting on just 28.6% from beyond the arc. Kidd is third on the team in scoring in the last eight games, averaging 12.3 points.
E's PRODUCTION: Junior guard Ethan Bradshaw has also been very good in his last six outings, posting averages of 17.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals. Bradshaw is the Storm's leading scorer at 14.8 points per game and leads the team with 31 steals.
3-D IS KEY: In seven Storm wins, Lake Erie has limited its opponents to just 22.1 percent (29-131) shooting from beyond the arc. But in 15 Storm losses, opponents shoot 43.9 percent (118-269) from long range. Lake Erie is just 1-8 when the opponent shoots at least 40 percent from outside and 5-7 when the opponent is under 40 percent.
FROSH DEVELOPMENT: One key to the Lake Erie basketball program as it continues its transition to Division II is the development of its four-year players. Head coach Cliff Hunt may have found a gem in freshman Garrick Sims. The 6-8 center is averaging 7.6 points and 5.6 boards and his 56.3 field-goal percentage is second on the team.
HALFTIME INDICATOR: For the first time this
season, the Storm lost a game in which it led at halftime in the
Jan. 23 loss at Urbana. The Storm is now 5-1 when it leads at
halftime and 2-14 when it is trailing at that point.