FINDLAY, Ohio – The Lake Erie College men's basketball team was in action today as they were defeated by Findlay, 81-79.
The first five minutes of the game were a back and forth battle as the lead changed hands five different times in the first five minutes. The game was deadlocked at 7 points apiece at the first media timeout of the half. The game remained a tight battle as the Storm took an 18-17 lead off of a layup by Brogan Scott (Wadsworth, Ohio / Highland) with just over 11 minutes remaining in the half. After the second media timeout the Oilers went on a 7-2 run to open a five point advantage. The run was halted when Gabe Kynard (Toledo, Ohio / St. John's) hit a three pointer for the Storm. After the Kynard three, Findlay went on a 6-0 run and took a 31-23 lead that forced a Lake Erie timeout. The Storm battled back and cut the Oilers lead to three, behind a Ryan Middendorf (West Chester, Ohio / Lakota East) three pointer. Late in the first half the Storm went on a 7-0 run to tie the game. The run was highlighted by a Mitch Loomis (Malvern, Ohio / Malvern) dunk. The teams entered the intermission tied at 39 points apiece.
At the half the Storm was led by Sean Howard (Indianapolis, Ind. / Lawrence North) as he had 10 points in the half. Kynard pitched in with eight points, on 2-3 shooting from behind the arc.
The Oilers opened the scoring in the second half and led the Storm by six at the first media timeout of the second half. The two teams battled for a three minute period before the Storm went on a 9-0 run and took a 66-62 lead with just under nine minutes remaining in the game. Later in the half the Storm lead stretched the lead to six when Howard hit three foul shots in a row. Lake Erie entered the final media timeout of the game ahead by four, 76-72. Out of the media timeout the Oilers went on a 7-0 run and took a 79-76 lead. Scott drained a three for the Storm to tie the game with 37 seconds remaining and forced a Findlay timeout. The Oilers scored with eight seconds left and won the game, 81-79.
The Storm was led by Scott as he had 17 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. Howard had a team high 19 points for the Storm. Kynard tied a career high in points with 17.
Lake Erie will return to the hardwood Thursday (Jan 26) when they host Hillsdale with the game set to tip at 7:30 p.m.