PAINESVILLE, Ohio— The Lake Erie College men's basketball team played one of their best games of the young season, dispatching Grand Valley State University for the first time, 73-60, Saturday (Dec. 6).
Lake Erie (4-2, 1-1 GLIAC) trailed for just over five minutes the entire game.
The Storm took their first lead of the game seven minutes in, 9-7, on a Trey Howard (Lima, Ohio/Lima Shawnee) lay-up. After the Lakers tied it, Roy Alexander (Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Grove) hit a big three pointer to put the Storm back in front. From that point on, the Storm did not relinquish their lead. Late in the half, the Storm went on a 15-6 run, fueled by three pointers via Nick Deitsch (Lewis Center, Ohio/Orange), Sean Howard (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North), Alexander and Nick Wells (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary). At the half, the Storm owned a 43-28 lead.
Wells led the Storm in the first-half with 12 points and four steals. Alexander had nine points while Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) and Deitsch combined for 15. The Storm hit 16-of-34 shots (47.1%) including nine-of-20 three pointers (45%).
The Lakers cut the Storm lead to 12 early on in the second-half, but it would be the closest they would get in the half. The Storm built their lead up to 19 with 11:39 play following a Deitsch lay-up. Over the next seven minutes, the Storm lead did not drop below fifteen points as they continued to shoot well. The Lakers had one last run in them, cutting the lead to 12 in the final three minutes, but Trey Howard made a circus-style and-one lay-up to seal the win in the final 90 seconds.
Dudley led the Storm with 19 points on seven-of-12 shooting, including four three pointers. Wells continued his hot streak, tying his career-high with 15 points and seven rebounds. His defensive prowess also showed in his first starting, tallying four steals. Alexander finished the game with a double-double on 11 points, 10 rebounds. Deitsch and Trey Howard combined for 16 points. Collin Barth (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) had a career-high four assists while Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) and Sean Howard had three each.
Lake Erie shot 44.1% for the game (26-of-59). They shined one the boards, outrebounding the Lakers 42-33. The Storm took advantage of the rebounding margin, scoring 14 second-chance points. They also had seven fast break points while the Lakers had zero. The Storm bench outscored their counterparts 32-23.
The Storm is back in action Dec. 14 when they travel to Hillsdale College for a GLIAC contest.