TIFFIN, Ohio— The Lake Erie College men's basketball team toppled Tiffin University, 76-54, on the road Thursday (Jan. 29) in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action.
The Dragons jumped out to a 9-4 lead early on but a three-pointer by Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) and a lay-up by Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) tied the game up. After a media timeout, the Dragons pulled ahead by three but Nick Deitsch (Lewis Center, Ohio/Orange) hit back-to-back threes to give the Storm their first lead of the game, 15-12. Deitsch scored his eighth points of the half following a pair of free-throws by Nick Wells (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) which led to a Dragons timeout. The Storm increased their lead to 14 following the timeout. In the final five minutes of the half, the Storm outscored the Dragons to gain a 15-point lead, 36-21, at the half.
Deitsch led the Storm in scoring with 10 points in the opening half. Dudley had eight first half points while Wells had six. The Storm hit 14-of-31 (45.2%) of their shots in the opening half and outrebounded the Dragons 19-15.
The Storm increased their lead to 20 early in the second half which led to a Tiffin timeout. The teams went back-and-forth following the timeout, with the Storm growing their lead to a game-high 21 points with 11-and-a-half minutes to play. Tiffin cut the lead to 16 at the seven minute mark but Roy Alexander (Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Ridge) and Bosley hit back-to-back lay-ups to push the Storm advantage back to 20. In the final five minutes of play, the Storm led by as much as 24 without letting it drop below 15 as they sealed the GLIAC win.
Bosley led the Storm with 18 points. He also added five rebounds and two assists. Deitsch, Dudley and Wells all finished the game with 12 points. Wells had seven rebounds. Dudley hit three-of-four three-pointers. Sean Howard (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) had six points while Alexander had five points and five rebounds. Steve Walczak (Columbus, Ohio/Olentangy) had a team-high eight rebounds in addition to his four points.
Lake Erie shot 46.0% (29-of-63) from the floor and was seven-of-18 (38.9%) from beyond the arc. The Storm committed just seven turnovers and held a 43-31 advantage on the boards. The bench for Lake Erie outscored their counterparts 33-22. The Storm also outscored the Dragons in the paint, 38-24.
The Storm is back in action Saturday when they travel to Columbus to face Ohio Dominican University.