SOUTH EUCLID, OHIO—A 65 point second-half led the Lake Erie College men's basketball team to their second straight win to kick off the 2012-13 season as they defeated crosstown rival Notre Dame College 92-80 in South Euclid.
The Storm (2-0) recovered from a 31-27 halftime deficit, as they shot 67.6% from the field in the second-half, including three-of-five from beyond the arch.
The Falcons (1-2) got off to a 10-3 lead in the first half, but a pair of Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) three-pointers brought the Storm to within one at 10-9 with16:24 left in the first. The Storm took their first lead of the game, 13-12, following a Rich Austin (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) jumper at 14:12. The Falcons quickly regained the lead at 14-13 and held it until Riley Thomas's (Cardington, Ohio/Cardington-Lincoln) tied it at 18 with 10:35 to play in the first. The teams exchanged scoring possessions until the Storm took their second lead of the game at 26-24 off a pair of Dudley baskets but Notre Dame was once again able to recover and take a 31-27 lead into the half.
Dudley led the Storm in scoring in the first half with 12, going five-of-six overall and two-of-three from beyond the arch. Redshirt junior Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) grabbed five rebounds in the first half while Trey Howard (Lima, Ohio/Lima Shawnee) collected three assists. Lawrence DeArmond led the Falcons with 10 points in the first frame. The Falcons outshot the Storm 50%-40.7% but Lake Erie held a small 16-15 advantage in rebounds.
The second half started at a frantic pace, as the Storm jumped ahead 40-38. Junior Tom Parker (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) scored six points on the run. Deramond scored five points for the Falcons as they would reclaim the lead at 47-46, but a Thomas three-pointer tied the game at 49. Freshman Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) rattled off five straight points-a three-pointer and a thunderous dunk-to put the Storm ahead 54-51. With a 65-62 lead, Austin hit a lay-up and one to give the Storm a 68-62 with 6:38 left in the second. The Falcons scored four straight to come within two, but Thomas hit a pair of free-throws following a NDC technical foul to go up 72-66. A pair of Bosley free-throws and a Simms jumper increased the Storm lead to ten with 4:36 left, their largest lead of the game at that point. The Falcons cut the lead to eight late in the second, but were unable to overcome the strong second half from Lake Erie, as the Storm finished the come from behind win 92-80
Four Storm players hit double digit scoring totals as Austin and Dudley led the Storm with 20 points apiece. Parker added 19 points, most of which came in the second half, and Thomas contributed 11. Austin also led the Storm with eight rebounds. Howard and Parker picked up four assists apiece.
Eric Dummermuth scored a game high 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Falcons. Deramond and Tyree added 17 and 13 points respectively.
For the game, the Storm outshot the Falcons 55.6% to 50.8% and hit 58.3% of their three-point attempts while holding the Falcons to just 18.8%. Lake Erie also won the battle on the boards, outrebounding Notre Dame 32-30 and forced 22 tournovers.
The Storm return home to host non-conference opponent Slippery Rock University on Saturday, November 24, at 3 pm in the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center.