HILLSDALE, Mich.--The Lake Erie College men's basketball team held a 43-35 advantage at halftime but were unable to hold onto the lead as Hillsdale College outscored the Storm 42-27 in the second-half to defeat the Storm 77-70 in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) South Division contest Thursday night (Feb. 14).
The teams were evenly matched throughout the first-half with neither one gaining a until thirteen minutes in. Leading 25-24, the Storm (7-15, 3-14 GLIAC) went on a 18-11 run to close the first-half with a 43-35 lead. Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) led the Storm with 10 points off the bench in the half on four-of-five (80%) shooting, including two-of-three (66.6%) from the three-point line. Trey Howard (Lima, Ohio/Lima-Shawnee) netted eight points while Riley Thomas (Cardington, Ohio/Cardington-Lincoln) and Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) added six points a piece. The Storm shot 69.2% (18-of-26) from the floor in the half. Tim Dezelski led the Chargers (16-6, 12-6 GLIAC) with 12 points.
Hillsdale turned it around in the second-half. The Chargers tied the game at 52 at the 12 minute mark of the second after a 17-9 run to start the half. After the teams traded points till they were tied at 59, the Chargers slowly started to pull away. Following a Rich Austin (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) three-pointer with one minute to play, a Brandon Pritzl field-goal and four free-throws from Dezelski to complete the comeback win, 77-70.
Despite shooting almost 70% in the first-half, the Storm hit just nine-of-30 (30%) from the floor in the second-half.
Howard led the Storm in scoring with 14 points. Thomas finished with 13 while Dudley ended the game with 10. Sims and Austin shared the rebound lead for the Storm with six each. The Storm ended the game shooting 48.2% (27-of-56) from the floor.
Dezelski ended with a game-high 20 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds while three other Chargers finished in double-digits- Pitzl (14), Darius Ware (14) and Nick Washburn (13).
Lake Erie turned the ball over only eight times while forcing Hillsdale to turn it over 11 times.
The Storm are back in action Saturday as they travel to South Division leader University of Findlay.