PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- The Lake Erie College men's basketball team played a nearly flawless first half, but couldn't hold off a furious second-half comeback by visiting Northwood University in an 82-77 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) loss at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center Saturday (Dec. 18) in Painesville.
The Storm (2-6, 0-4 GLIAC) shot over 60 percent during the first 12 minutes of the contest, did not commit a turnover until 15:27 left in the game and led by as many as 20 in the first half. Senior preseason All-GLIAC guard Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) scored 13 and senior Jimmy Kerrigan (Strongsville, Ohio/Midpark/Cuyahoga C.C.) had 11 as Lake Erie led by 15, 42-27, at intermission.
Northwood (4-8, 3-3 GLIAC) got back into the game behind six second-half three-pointers. And an old-fashioned three-point play by Andrew VanDierenDonck made it 62-55 with 9:40 left. A Bradshaw lay-up pushed it back to seven, but a 12-4 run by the Timberwolves gave them a one-point lead at 67-66 with 6:24 left.
The teams exchanged the lead five times the next two minutes before Northwood took the lead for good at 71-70. The Storm tied it at 75-75 on a three by Bradshaw with a minute to go, but the Timberwolves sealed the game by hitting seven free throws down the stretch to win its second straight.
Bradshaw scored 22 points to lead the Storm while Kerrigan had a career-high 18 off the bench. Sophomore center Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) added 11.
Bobby Lewis matched Bradshaw for scoring honors with 22 points and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds. Four other Timberwolves reached double figures. After shooting less than 37% in the first half, Northwood hit on 55.6% in the second. The Wolves also had a near perfect day at the foul line, going 27-of-28.
The Storm, which has dropped its last six since opening the season 2-0, is idle through the Christmas holiday and will return to action Wednesday, Dec. 29, when it plays the University of Windsor in the opening game of the Notre Dame College Holiday Tournament in South Euclid, Ohio.