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Lake Erie Hosts Panthers on Saturday for "Winter Storm White Out"

GAME 22: Lake Erie College Storm (6-15) vs. Ohio Dominican Panthers (8-13)
When: Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010 at 4 p.m.
Where: Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center in Painesville, Ohio
Radio/Audio Broadcast: WFUN 970 AM
Series History: Lake Erie leads, 2-0
Last Meeting: Lake Erie won, 78-68 (Feb. 10, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio)


STORM RETURNS HOME FOR TILT AGAINST FUTURE CONFERENCE FOE: The Lake Erie College men's basketball team, coming off an 0-3 road trip, returns to Painesville for its first home game since beating Davis & Elkins on Jan. 4. The Storm lost its last outing on the road trip on Monday (Jan. 25) to Davis & Elkins, 79-77. Now, Lake Erie will play on its home floor where it has posted a 4-3 record this season and 49-13 (.790) record overall since opening the Osborne Center in 2004. It is also "Winter Storm White Out" as fans are encouraged to wear white to the basketball games and "white out" the Panthers. The Storm is also giving out free t-shirts to the first 50 students in attendance.

23rd SEASON OF STORM HOOPS: In 23 seasons of Lake Erie men's basketball, the Storm has posted an overall record of 187-376 (.332). However, since opening the 2002-03 season, Lake Erie is 114-96 (.543).

SUITS & SNEAKERS: On Saturday, the coaches for both teams will be sporting a different look on their feet: sneakers. It is part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits & Sneakers Weekend. LEC coach Cliff Hunt, ODU coach Artie Taylor and their staffs are taking part in the event that promotes awareness for the fight to save lives from cancer by letting people know about the fight against the disease and the importance that nutrition and physical activity plays in reducing people's risk of the disease.

THINK PINK: On Saturday (Feb. 6), the Storm hoops teams will be Taking Breast Cancer by Storm as part of the GLIAC's Pink Wave initiative. The men's and women's teams will sport pink shooting shirts and accessories. Admission to the doubleheader is free to all fans, who will have the opportunity to donate to the Kay Yow WBCA Cancer Fund.


LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Lake Erie dropped its third straight game - all on the road - on Monday night at Davis & Elkins College, 79-77. The teams played tight for the first 15 minutes, though the Storm led only once in that span (12-11). The Senators eventually went up by 10 and led by six, 36-30, at halftime. Early in the second half, the Storm kept the game close and rallied to take a two-point lead with just over three minutes left after a trey by Antonio Kidd (Cleveland, Ohio/Lakewood). After P.J. Turner split a pair at the line, Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) converted two at the stripe for a 72-70 lead. Tim Turner and P.J. Turner scored the game's next seven points until Darnell Campbell (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) hit two free throws and Bradshaw buried a three over a defender on the right wing to tie the game. But P.J. Turner's runner in the lane over Campbell with 1.1 seconds left clinched the game for Davis & Elkins. Campbell had 16 of his team-high 18 points in the second half on his way to his second straight double-double.

CAMPBELL CLIMBING THE CHARTS: With his 18 points on Monday, senior forward Darnell Campbell moved into sixth place on Lake Erie's all-time scoring list with 1,116 points. With 11 points Saturday, Campbell will move into fifth place, passing Marty Stockwell (1990-92). Also with Monday's 12 boards, Campbell moved into fifth all-time with 513 career rebounds. He needs 33 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 four games and five times in his last six 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 15.5 points and 8.8 rebounds.

HOME AT THE LINE: Over the last seven games, Lake Erie Storm has set up campat the free throw line. The Storm has averaged 25.3 free throw attempts in that span. Before that, Lake Erie was getting to the line only 18.7 times per game. With more attempts, the Storm has seen an uptick in its success rate from the stripe, shooting 68.1 percent in the seven games compared to just 62.9 percent prior.

KIDD CONNECTING FROM DEEP: In the last seven games, junior guard Antonio Kidd (Cleveland, Ohio/Lakewood) is shooting 50% (18-of-36) 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 seven games, averaging 12.7 points.

E's PRODUCTION: Junior guard Ethan Bradshaw has also been very good in his last six outings, posting averages of 17.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.3 steals. Bradshaw is the Storm's leading scorer at 14.7 points per game and leads the team with 30 steals.

3-D IS KEY: In six Storm wins, Lake Erie has limited its opponents to just 20.5 percent (23-112) shooting from beyond the arc. But in 13 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 7.8 points and 5.6 boards and his 57.5 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 last Saturday's loss at Urbana. The Storm is now 5-1 when it leads at halftime and 1-14 when it is trailing at that point.