PAINESVILLE, Ohio—The Lake Erie College men's basketball team wrapped-up the 2015 portion of their schedule with an 81-69 setback against Saginaw Valley State University Saturday (Dec. 19) in Painesville.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 7-2 lead early on but the Storm cut the lead to two, 11-9, by the first media timeout. After the timeout, Collin Barth (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) hit a three to give the Storm their first lead. After trading baskets, Roy Alexander (Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Ridge) and Jordan Michael (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) hit back-to-back threes to give the Storm a 22-16 advantage. The Storm continued to heat up, increasing the lead to 30-19, forcing a Saginaw Valley timeout with five-and-a-half to play in the opening frame. The Cardinals went on a 15-2 lead to regain the lead, 34-32 with two minutes to play. Down the stretch, the Storm went on a 6-0 run to end the half with a 38-34 lead.
Sean Howard (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North)led the Storm with 10 points in the opening frame. Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) had five points and seven rebounds. Barth ended the half with seven points.
The Cardinals started off the second half shooting well from three, regaining the lead, 50-43, five minutes in. The Storm cut the lead down with a 4-0 run but the Cardinals responded with an 8-2 run leading up to the nine-and-a-half minute mark. Saginaw Valley continued to control the pace, growing their lead to as much as 15 with five minutes to play. Down the stretch, the Storm cut the lead to eight but it was not enough to overcome the Cardinal lead.
Bosley finished the game with a double-double, 19 points and 10 rebounds to go with two assists. Sean Howard was also in double digits with 10 points to go alongside three rebounds and three assists. Trey Howard (Lima, Ohio/Lima Shawnee) was second on the team with five rebounds to go with his four points. Nick Wells (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary's) scored nine points.
Lake Erie turned the ball over just eight times compared to the Cardinals 14. Twenty-one of the Storm's points came off the bench. The teams equaled each other with 32 points in the paint. The Storm went a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line.
The Storm is back in action January 3 at Lake Superior State University.