PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College men's basketball team was in action today as they were defeated by Ohio Dominican, 65-53.
The game started off with strong defensive play as the teams entered the under 16 minute media timeout tied at four points apiece. Lamont Rhodes (Bedford, Ohio / Bedford) and Gabe Kynard each made layups for the Storm. Out of the break, Lake Erie opened up a quick 6-0 run and took a 15-9 edge when both Michael Morris (New Palestine, Ind. / New Palestine) and Erron James (Westerville, Ohio / Westerville Central) hit three pointers. The Storm maintained a 20-15 lead at the under eight minute media timeout in the first half. Out of the timeout, the Panthers took a 27-23 edge with a quick 9-1 run. The Storm battled back to take a 28-27 lead behind a pair of foul shots from Ryan Middendorf (West Chester, Ohio / Lakota East). The Panthers hit a last second layup and took a 29-28 advantage into the intermission.
The Panthers opened the second half with a three pointer before the Storm responded with a 9-0 run, to take a 37-32 edge. The Lake Erie run was sparked by Kynard as he had six of the nine points during the run. Ohio Dominican answered with an 8-0 run and regained a 40-37 edge with 12 minutes remaining in the game. The run was ended when Harrison Riggs (Toledo, Ohio / St. John's) hit a three pointer. The Panthers extended their lead with a 7-0 run to stretch their lead to 47-40 with just over seven minutes remaining in the game. Ohio Dominican continued their strong play and entered the final media timeout ahead 59-46. The Storm was unable to put a late run together and fell 65-53.
The Storm was led by Kynard as he had 14 points, four rebounds, and a pair of assists. Rhodes led the Storm in rebounding as he grabbed 10 boards and added six points. Riggs led the Storm with three assists and pitched in with seven points.
Head Coach Kyle Conley said. "Ohio Dominican played extremely well and executed on both ends of the floor. They had some veterans step up and make some big plays in the second half. We must get back to work and bounce back next week."
Lake Erie will return to the hardwood Thursday (Jan. 25) when they host Cedarville with the game set to tip at 5:30 p.m.