PAINESVILLE, Ohio— The Lake Erie College men's basketball team downed Northern Michigan University 63-54 Saturday (Jan. 9) in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action at home.
The Storm gained a small advantage early on, 7-4, off a Michael Morris (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) layup-and-one. The Wildcats then gained a slight advantage, 8-7, at the first media timeout. After the timeout, the Wildcats went on a 10-2 run over the next five minutes to pull ahead, 18-9. The lead increased to 10, 22-12, minutes later when the Storm mounted their comeback. The Storm went on a 14-4 run to tie the game at 26, fueled by three-pointers by Morris, Trey Howard (Lima, Ohio/Lima Shawnee) and Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange). The tying basket came on a layup-and-one by Sean Howard (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) right before the end of the opening half.
Sean Howard led the Storm in the opening half with six points and three rebounds. Bosley chipped in five points. Morris and Brogan Scott (Wadsworth, Ohio/Highland) had three rebounds apiece. The Storm forced seven turnovers while committing just one in the half.
The Storm regained the lead early in the second half, 31-29, following a trio of free-throws by Morris. The teams traded baskets back-and-forth until Bosley scored four points within a ten second window to give the Storm a 42-38 lead seven minutes into the half. Following a Wildcat timeout, Collin Barth (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) hit a three to extend the Storm lead to seven at the second media timeout.
Following the timeout, the Storm continued to control the pace of the game in the final ten minutes, gaining a 58-47 lead with just over two minutes to play. Down the stretch, the lead grew to as much as 12 as the Storm closed out the win.
Sean Howard ended the game with a team-high 15 points to go with four assists and two steals. Bosley was also in double-digits with 11 points to go with a team-high four steals. Morris finished with eight points, four rebounds and three assists. Roy Alexander (Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Grove) had three rebounds and three assists.
Lake Erie shot 43.8% (21-of-48) from the floor, including 55% (11-of-20) in the second half. The Storm forced 15 Wildcat turnovers while committing just six. The turnovers resulted in 19 points for the Storm. Of the Storm's 63 points, 18 came off the bench.
The Storm is back in action Jan. 14 at home against GLIAC South foe Malone University.