Storm Looks to Stop Slide Against #2 Florida Southern on Monday

Monday, Dec. 28, 2009 7:30 p.m.
Lake Erie College (4-10) at #2 Florida Southern College Moccasins (9-0)
Jenkins Fieldhouse (2,500) in Lakeland, Fla.
Live Stats:
Series History: First Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009 5:15 p.m./7:30 p.m.
Lake Erie College (4-10) vs. St. Joseph's Pumas (5-3) OR Missouri-St. Louis Tritons (7-2)
Physical Activities Center (3,300); Evansville, Ind.
Live Stats: 
Series History: First Meeting against UMSL; SJC leads, 1-0
Last Meeting (Result): SJC won, 93-67 in Painesville, Ohio


FROM WINTER TO FLORIDA: After spending Christmas Week away from the court, the Lake Erie men's basketball team returns to the floor Monday night against No.2 Florida Southern College in the Holiday Inn South/Ledger Classic in Lakeland, Fla. The Storm is coming off a 72-56 home loss against California (Pa.) on Dec. 21 and has lost four in a row since two straight home wins Dec. 5-6. On Tuesday, Lake Erie will play either St. Joseph's College or the University of Missouri-St. Louis in the Classic. St. Joseph's beat Lake Erie on Nov. 16, while the Storm has never played the Tritons.

23rd SEASON OF STORM HOOPS: This is the 23rd season in Lake Erie men's basketball history, in which the Storm has posted an overall record of 185-371 (.333).  However, since opening the 2002-03 season, Lake Erie is 112-91 (.552).

RANK AND FILE: On Monday, the Storm will continue its trek through one of the toughest schedules in Division II. Florida Southern College is the second-ranked team in the country and is already the fifth ranked team the Storm has played this season. Lake Erie also has fourth-ranked Indiana University (Pa.) on its schedule on Feb. 8, 2010.

A NEW MILLENIUM (OF POINTS): In last Monday's loss to California, Lake Erie small forward Darnell Campbell (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) became the 11th player in program history to record 1,000 points. His dunk midway through the first half secured his spot in the 1,000-point club as he finished with a season-high 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting.


LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Lake Erie struggled early in the second half last Monday (Dec. 21), leading to a 72-56 home loss to California (Pa.). The Storm kept the game within single digits for the entire first half, which featured a couple dunks, including an emphatic smash by senior forward Darnell Campbell (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) off a pass from junior guard Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep). The dunk gave Campbell the 1,000th point of his college career. Leading by nine at the half, the Vulcans took full control with a 12-0 run to start the second half. Lake Erie shot just 36 percent from the field in the game, including a 3-for-21 mark from three-point range. Campbell's 21 points were a season-high for the 6-6 forward, while junior forward Joe Roberts (Cleveland, Ohio/Rhodes/Alderson-Broaddus) added 10 points.

CAMPBELL REACHES 1,000: Senior forward Darnell Campbell reached the 1,000-point mark in last Monday's loss to California (Pa.). He is the 11th player Lake Erie College men's basketball history to reach the millenium mark, doing so in his 92nd career game. The 6-6 forward became the first Storm player to reach the 1,000-mark since current assistant coach Rob Williams reached the plateau on Jan. 18, 2007. Campbell has a career scoring average of 11.0. He played in just five games last season after suffering a setback in his return from microfracture surgery.

3-D IS KEY: In the four Storm wins, Lake Erie has limited its opponents to just 19 percent (12-63) shooting from beyond the arc. But in 10 Storm losses, opponents shoot 47.8 percent (87-182) from long range. Lake Erie is 0-7 when the opponent shoots at least 40 percent from outside.

WINNING THE FIRST HALF: Thus far this season, the Storm can place a high importance on getting off to a strong start. The Storm is 4-0 when leading at halftime and 0-10 when trailing at the break. Also, Lake Erie is 0-8 when the opponent gets on the board first.

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 center Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton). The 6-8 Sims is averaging 6.9 points and 5.1 rebounds. He also is tied for second on the team with 18 assists. His 59.2 field-goal percentage is tops on the team.