PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- The eighth-ranked University of Findlay scored the first six points of the game and never looked back en route to a 76-53 victory over the Lake Erie College men's basketball team Thursday night (Jan. 13) in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) South Division game at Croy Gymnasium in Findlay.
The Storm (4-9, 0-6 GLIAC) shot just 36 percent from the field and was only four-of-12 from the foul line in losing its third straight game overall and its 10th in a row to Oilers (12-1, 6-1), who rebounded from their first loss of the season.
Findlay opened up a 24-5 lead midway through the first half as the Storm misfired on 14 of its first 16 field goal attempts. The Oiler lead grew to as many as 26 before a 10-2 run by Lake Erie cut the margin to 41-23 at halftime.
The Storm never got closer than 17 in the second half and a six-minute long 12-0 run removed any hopes of a Lake Erie comeback.
As a team, Lake Erie finished 21-of-58 shooting, including seven-of-19 from three-point range.
Senior guard Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) led the Storm with 11 points, hitting three of the team's seven three-pointers. Classmate Antonio Kidd (Cleveland, Ohio/Lakewood) added seven points off the bench.
Nathan Hyde led all scorers with 15 points for the Oilers, who shot 53% (31-of-58) in the contest. He was the only Findlay player in double figures, but a total of 12 Oilers reached the scoring column. Aaron Robinson grabbed nine rebounds to lead the attack on the boards.
Lake Erie will look to snap its overall losing streak and pick up its first conference win Saturday, Jan. 15, at Tiffin University. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.