FINDLAY, Ohio – The Lake Erie College men's basketball team was in action today as they were defeated by 15th ranked Findlay, 107-86.
Head Coach Kyle Conley said, "Offensively we were good enough to win on the road, but we struggled to get stops defensively."
The Oilers opened the game with back to back baskets before Gabe Kynard (Toledo, Ohio / St. John's) hit a three pointer for the Storm. After a Findlay jumper, Jordan Humphrey (Columbus, Ohio / Westerville South) hit a three pointer to tie the game at six points apiece. The Storm entered the under 16 minute media timeout in the first half down by two, 11-9. The Oilers scored first out of the break before Lake Erie answered with a 5-0 run to take their first lead of the game. The run was sparked by Kynard as he scored all five of the Storm points, and the Storm led 14-13. The teams traded baskets for a couple of minutes before Findlay opened a 9-0 run to take a 26-16 edge, which forced a Lake Erie timeout. After the timeout, Brogan Scott (Wadsworth, Ohio / Highland) scored five points for the Storm leading them into the media timeout behind, 31-22. The teams battled back and forth until late in the first half. Findlay went on a 6-0 run in the final minute of the half, and took a 55-39 edge into the intermission.
The Storm came out of the locker room ready to play as a quick 7-2 run cut the Oilers lead to 11. Lamont Rhodes (Bedford, Ohio / Bedford), Kynard, and Scott all scored during the run for the Storm. Findlay responded and stretched their lead to 19, with just over 16 minutes remaining in the game. The Storm countered with a 9-0 run of their own to cut the Findlay lead to 11. The run was started by a Harrison Riggs (Toledo, Ohio / St. John's) three pointer and was capped by a three from Michael Morris (New Palestine, Ind. / New Palestine). After the Oilers ended the run, the Storm continued to fight and cut the Findlay lead to single digits, with just under 12 minutes remaining in the game. After the Storm cut the lead to single digits, the Oilers went on a 12-0 run and stretched their lead to 86-65 with just under nine minutes remaining in the game. The Storm continued to fight, but were unable to muster a late run. The Storm fell to the Oilers, 107-86
The Storm was led by Scott as he had a season high in points with 17, as he was perfect from behind the arc. Kynard added 15 points, and three assists. Rhodes added 12 points, and had a team leading four rebounds.
Coach Conley concluded, "I give Findlay credit, they made shots and put pressure on our defense all night."
Lake Erie will be back in action Saturday (Feb. 10) when they travel to take on Hillsdale with the game set to tip at 3 p.m.