ASHLAND, Ohio—Jamil Dudley hit a three-pointer with 12 seconds to play as the Storm overcame a second half deficit to defeat Ashland University 75-73 Monday (Feb. 2) in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play.
Entering the game, the Eagles sat in first place in the GLIAC South Division.
The Storm opened the game on a 14-2 run, with Trey Howard (Lima, Ohio/Lima Shawnee) scoring eight points. The hot start continued for the Storm, as their lead continuously grew as they led by as much as 19 with five minutes remaining in the first half. They lead grew to 20 before the Eagles cut the deficit to 16 at the half, 43-27.
Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) led the Storm with nine first half points. Howard had eight while Roy Alexander (Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Ridge) and Nick Deitsch (Lewis Center, Ohio/Orange) combined for 11. The Storm shot 60% (15-of-25) in the opening half and were seven-of-12 (58.3%) from beyond the arc. They held the Eagle shooter to just 33.3% (eight-of-24).
Ashland opened the second half on a 19-0 run to take a 48-43 lead seven minutes in. The Eagles lead increased to eight before the Storm cut the deficit back down to four with 10 minutes to play. The teams exchanged baskets before Howard converted a traditional three-point play to cut the lead to one, 64-63. The Eagles hit a three-pointer to bring the lead up to four but a Bosley dunk cut the lead in half.
With a minute-and-a-half to go, the Eagles increased their lead three, 71-68 but Howard scored a lay-up to cut the lead to one. After the Eagles missed a pair of shots, Howard scored another lay-up to give the Storm the lead once again, 72-71.
The Eagles provided a quick counter, hitting a lay-up just three seconds later. After an Eagle timeout, Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) hit a three-pointer with 12 seconds left to give the Storm a 75-73 lead. The Eagles missed a three-pointer as time expired as the Storm held on for the win.
Howard led the Storm with a season-high 22 points. Bosley ended the game with 11 points. Dudley scored seven points. Sean Howard (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) had eight points and a team-high three assists while Deitsch had six points. Alexander had seven points and six rebounds. Nick Wells (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) had six points and six rebounds.
The Storm shot well throughout the game, hitting 26-of-49 (53.1%) shots. From beyond the arc, the Storm hit 10-of-19 (52.6%).
Lake Erie is back at home Thursday (Feb. 5) when they host Malone University.