DETROIT, MICH.--Wayne State University forced the Lake Erie College men's basketball team to commit 22 turnovers ,which they converted into 36 points, as the Warriors defeated the Storm 82-61 in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference match on Sunday (Dec. 9) in Detroit.
The Storm (3-3, 0-3 GLIAC) held an advantage early on in the first half but the Warriors recovered and owned a 46-28 lead going into the half. Lake Erie shot 50% from the field, including 66.7% from beyond the arch, but were hampered by 12 turnovers in the half which Wayne State (5-1, 4-0 GLIAC) turned into 21 points. The defensive pressure from the Warriors continued into the second half as they forced the Storm to commit 10 more turnovers as they captured the win 82-61.
Despite the loss, the Storm shot 46.8% from the field and hit 53.8% of three-point attempts. Rich Austin (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) led the Storm with 14 points and four rebounds. Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) added 13 while Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) contributed 11. Riley Thomas (Cardington. Ohio/Cardington-Lincoln) and Tom Parker (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) were held to just eight points combined.
Mike Hollingsworth led the Warriors with a game-high 23 points and six rebounds, while Ian Larkin and Chene Phillips combined for 33 points. The Storm held the Warriors to just three-of-14 shooting on three-pointers but the Storm shot 56.3% overall.
The Storm return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 12, as they travel to West Virginia for a non-conference match-up against Salem International University. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:00 pm.