PAINESVILLE, Ohio-- The Lake Erie College men's basketball team fell in a battle with Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic (GLIAC) South Division foe Ashland University, 72-65, Monday evening (Feb. 3) in Painesville.
The Eagles scored the first seven of the game before Tom Parker (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) got the Storm on the board. Riley Thomas (Cardington, Ohio/Cardington-Lincoln) followed Parker's basket up with a three-pointer to bring the score to 7-5 but Ashland outscored the Storm 5-0 leading to the first time out.
Trailing 15-12 following a media timeout, Nick Wells hit a three to tie the game. Thomas and Wells then hit back-to-back threes to give the Storm a 21-15 lead but Eagles eventually tied the game back up at 24.
After trading the lead back-and-forth, the game was tied at 30 in the final thirty seconds. Sean Howard (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) drove in and hit a layup to give the Storm a two point advantage at the half.
Michael Morris (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) led the Storm with eight points in the opening half while Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) and Wells had six each. The Storm hit 12-of-28 (42.9%) of their shots in the half and were five-of-14 (35.7%) from the three-point line. Lake Erie's defense forced nine turnovers but the Eagles owned an 18-15 rebounding edge.
The Storm started the second-half on an 8-2 run, fueled by two Morris three-pointers, to move ahead, 40-32. The Eagles, once again, fought back and tied it at at 49 with 11 minutes to play.
After Roy Alexander (Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Ridge) regained the lead for the Storm, Wendall Davis gave Ashland a one point lead following a traditional three-point play which sparked a 13-2 lead to give the Eagles control of the game.
In the final 20 seconds, Parker hit a pair of layups but the Storm was only able to bring the game within five points as Ashland was efficient from the free-throw line to close out the game.
Thomas and Morris led the Storm with 14 points apiece. Parker finished the game with 10 points to go with three assists. Bosley tallied six points, six rebounds and five steals. Sims netted nine while grabbing a team-high seven rebounds.
Lake Erie shot 46.3% (25-of-54) for the game, seven-of-21 (33.3%) from beyond the arch.
Will Evans led the Eagles with 22 points and eight rebounds. Davis posted and points and five rebounds while Brook Turson had 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
The Eagles shot 51% (25-of-49) from the floor, six-of-17 (35.3%) from the three-point line.
Ashland owned a 37-25 rebound advantage but were a negative six in the turnover column (15-9).
The Storm is back on the road Thursday (Feb. 6) against Malone University to kick-off the final stretch of their schedule.