PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College men's basketball team was victorious over Michigan Tech., 77-73. The Storm victory marks the first career win as a head coach for Kyle Conley. Coach Conley said "I am happy for all my guys especially senior Nick Wells (Akron, Ohio / St. Vincent-St. Mary) as he refused to lose down the stretch".
The Huskies opened the scoring in the game with a three pointer from Jordan Chartier. The game remained a back and forth battle through the first media timeout in the first half. After the media timeout the Huskies opened up a 19-15 lead with a 7-0 run. The run was halted when Brogan Scott (Wadsworth, Ohio / Highland) hit a jumper. The two teams battled to the final media timeout of the first half, as the Huskies had 25-24 advantage, with just under five minutes remaining in the half. Michigan came out of the break on a 7-2 run and took a 35-29 lead with just over a minute left in the half. The Storm responded with four quick points with a layup by Mitch Lomis (Malvern, Ohio / Malvern) and a pair of foul shots by Sean Howard (Indianapolis, Ind. / Lawrence North), to enter the intermission trailing, 35-33.
At the half, Howard led the Storm with eight points. Gabe Kynard (Toledo, Ohio / St. John's) also tallied six points as well as a pair of rebounds and assists. The Storm shot an efficient 48.3 percent from the field in the first half.
The Storm came out the locker room and tied the game on their opening possession before the lead switched hands seven different times in the first five minutes of the second half. After the first media timeout of the second half the Storm stretched the lead to five (54-49) behind a three point play from Howard. The Huskies answered with a 7-0 run that saw them take a two point advantage, before a Jordan Humphry (Columbus, Ohio / Westerville South) layup ended the run and tied the game at, 56-56 with 10 minutes remaining in the game. The teams battled their way through the middle of the second half as neither team was able to gain more than a three point advantage. Wells took over in the final two minutes of the game as he scored nine of the final 10 points for the Storm. In that same two minute span Wells also grabbed three big rebounds. Lake Erie closed out the game and won, 77-73.
Coach Conley said " We made toughness plays that had been lacking, those plays allowed us to win the game tonight". Our defensive game plan was executed and Scott played tremendous defense on Kyle Monroe" said coach Conley.
The Storm was led by Wells as he had a team high 19 points and eight rebounds. Howard and Kynard each chipped in with 15 points. Scott played well on the offensive end as well with 11 points and seven rebounds in the game.
Lake Erie will return to the hardwood Saturday (Dec. 10) when they host Northern Michigan with the game set to tip at 3 p.m.