PAINEVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College men's basketball team was in action today as they were victorious over Daemen College, 81-78.
Jordan Humphrey (Columbus, Ohio / Westerville South) opened the game with a layup to give the Storm an early 2-0 lead. After the teams traded a couple of baskets, Erron James (Westerville, Ohio / Westerville Central) put Lake Erie on top, 7-4 with a three pointer. The Wildcats answered back with a 10-0 run that saw them take a 14-7 edge with 14 minutes remaining in the first half. Michael Morris (New Palestine, Ind. / New Palestine) ended the Daemen run with a three pointer, and Morris cut the Wildcats lead to 16-13 when he hit his second three pointer in a row. A quick 7-0 run by the Wildcats saw their lead reach double digits. The run was halted by a pair of Gabe Kynard (Toledo, Ohio / St. John's) foul shots, and a layup by David Dunnigan (Cleveland, Ohio / Padua). The final five minutes of the half was a back and forth battle as the Storm entered the intermission trailing, 43-33.
After two minutes of back and forth action to open the second half, the Storm went on a 11-0 run that spanned three minutes of the final half. The run was led by Humphrey as he had seven points and a steal during the run. Three minutes later, the Storm was able to grab the lead when Kynard converted the three point play with a layup and a foul shot. The Wildcats answered back with a 9-0 rally to regain a 62-54 edge, with 7 minutes remaining in the game. Later in the half Lake Erie went on a 10-0 run to tie the game at 71 points apiece with 3 minutes remaining in the game. The Wildcats regained the lead with under a minute to play, but Kynard put the Storm on top when he made a layup and converted the and one at the foul line, to put Lake Erie up 79-78 with 16 seconds left in the game. James sealed the game with a pair of foul shots with three seconds left in the game. The Storm won the game, 81-78.
The Storm was led by Kynard as he had a team high 18 points, grabbed five rebounds, and had three assists. Morris pitched in with a season high 17 points off the bench. Humphrey provided the Storm with excellent defense as he had four steals in the game, as well as 17 points.
Head Coach Kyle Conley said, "Overall I am proud of the resiliency we showed, we played an outstanding second half of basketball. Morris was terrific tonight, as he played the way he is capable of playing."
Lake Erie will return to the hardwood Thursday (Dec. 7) when they travel to take on Ohio Valley, with the game set to tip at 7:30 p.m.