PAINESVILLE, Ohio - The Lake Erie College men's basketball team was in action today as they were defeated by Malone, 66-57.
The Storm scored on their opening possession of the game when Brogan Scott (Wadsworth, Ohio / Highland) converted a layup off an assist from Ryan Middendorf (West Chester, Ohio / Lakota East). Lake Erie grabbed a 4-0 lead when David Dunnigan (Cleveland, Ohio / Padua) hit a layup off an assist from Jordan Humphrey (Columbus, Ohio / Westerville South), but the Pioneers responded with a 7-2 run, to take a 7-6 advantage at the first media timeout of the game. Out of the break, Malone went on a 5-0 run which opened up a 12-6 lead, and the Pioneers held their 12-6 edge at the under 12 minute media timeout. After the teams traded baskets, the Storm went on a 6-0 run that tied the game at 16 points apiece, with just over six minutes remaining in the first half. The run was led by Lamont Rhodes (Bedford, Ohio / Bedford) as he scored all six of the points for Lake Erie. The game remained tight as the teams entered the final media timeout of the half tied at 22 points apiece. With less than two minutes remaining in the half Malone went on a 6-0 run, the run was ended by a three pointer from Middendorf. Lake Erie trailed 28-25 at the half.
The Pioneers came out of the locker room ready to play, as they opened the second half with a 7-0 run. The Storm halted the run when Rhodes hit a jumper, to make the score 35-27 in favor of Malone with just over 16 minutes remaining in the game. After the Pioneers stretched their lead to 10, the Storm answered with a 6-0 run to cut the lead to 37-33. The run was led by Gabe Kynard (Toledo, Ohio / St. John's) as he scored four of the six points for Lake Erie. The Pioneers held a 40-33 lead at the under 12 minute media timeout. The teams traded baskets for the next four minutes as the Storm trailed, 50-40 at the under eight minute media timeout in the second half. The Storm played hard and tried to make a couple runs, but Malone was able to maintain their double-digit lead at the final media timeout of the game. Lake Erie was unable to put together a late run and fell, 66-57.
The Storm was led by Rhodes as he had 14 points on 7-8 of shooting from the field, grabbed a team high six rebounds, and had three blocks. Kynard pitched in with 10 points in the game. Humphrey added nine points, as well as a team leading six assists.
Lake Erie will return to the hardwood Saturday (Jan. 13) when they travel to take on Walsh with the game set to tip at 1 p.m.