PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College men's basketball team was in action today as they were victorious over Shawnee State, 71-61. With the win, the Storm improves to 6-3 on the season.
The Storm opened the game on a 10-4 run, which forced an early timeout by the Bears. The run was led by Lamont Rhodes (Bedford, Ohio / Bedford) as he scored four of the 10 points during the run. The next six minutes of the first half were back and forth as Lake Erie led 17-10 at the under 12 minute media timeout. The Storm was able to hold their seven point advantage over the middle part of the half, and held a 23-16 lead at the under eight minute media timeout. After the media timeout, Shawnee State went on a 7-2 run, and cut the Storm lead to 29-27 with just under 4 minutes remaining in the half. Lake Erie responded with a quick 8-0 run of their own to stretch their lead to double-digits. The run was led by Mitch Loomis (Malvern, Ohio / Malvern) and Harrison Riggs (Toledo, Ohio / St. John's) as Loomis converted a pair of layups off assists from Riggs. The Storm entered the intermission with a 39-34 advantage.
The Bears came out of the locker room ready to play, as they opened the half with two quick baskets to cut the Storm lead to 39-38. Lake Erie halted the run when Brogan Scott (Wadsworth, Ohio / Highland) knocked down a three pointer. Later in the half, the Storm was able to stretch their lead to eight, with a 5-0 run. The run was capped by a David Dunnigan (Cleveland, Ohio / Padua) layup with just over 12 minutes remaining in the game. Shawnee State responded with a 5-0 run of their own and cut the Storm lead to 47-44. After a minute and a half of back and forth action Lake Erie opened an 8-0 run to increase their lead to 58-47, with just over seven minutes remaining in the game. The run was sparked by Scott, as he had four of the eight points during the run. The Storm played strong defense late in the game to keep the Bears behind. Lake Erie closed the game at the foul line, and won 71-61.
The Storm was led by Gabe Kynard (Toledo, Ohio / St. John's) as he had a game high in points with 19 , and had nine rebounds. Loomis provided a spark off the bench as he had 10 rebounds and added eight points. Erron James (Westerville, Ohio / Westerville Central) played solid defense, as he had a game high three steals, and scored nine points.
Head Coach Kyle Conley said, "We knew this was going to be a tough game as Shawnee is long and athletic, but we played well enough to find a way to win. We are learning how to finish games."
Lake Erie will return to the hardwood Thursday (Dec. 14) when they travel to take on Alderson Broaddus with the game set to tip at 7:30 p.m.