FINDLAY, Ohio – The Lake Erie College men's basketball team fell to the Hillsdale College Chargers 75-63 on Friday (March 2) afternoon in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) semifinals at the University of Findlay.
One minute into the game, Gabe Kynard (Toledo, Ohio / St. John's) opened the scoring for Lake Erie with a layup off of a steal by Erron James (Westerville, Ohio / Westerville Central). The teams exchanged basket for basket over the next four minutes. Kynard scored five more points as Lake Erie led 9-8 at the under 16 minute media timeout. Hillsdale made two free throws following the timeout, but Ryan Middendorf (West Chester, Ohio / Lakota East) answered with a three pointer for a 12-10 Storm lead. After a Hillsdale three pointer, Kynard gave the Storm a 14-13 lead with a jumper. Hillsdale followed with a 5-0 run, taking an 18-14 advantage with 11:10 left. Four players combined on a 10-0 run for the Storm as they regained a 24-18 lead with eight minutes left. Brogan Scott (Wadsworth, Ohio / Wadsworth) and Michael Morris (New Palestine, Ind. / New Palestine) each hit a three pointer during the run. The Chargers tied the game at 24 with six straight points. James scored the next four points for Lake Erie as they held a 28-27 lead with 5:34 left in the first half. Hillsdale ended the half with an 11-4 run, holding a 38-32 lead at the intermission.
Jordan Humphrey (Columbus, Ohio / Westerville South) cut the Chargers lead to four with a layup in the first 30 seconds of the second half. James scored Lake Erie's next four points as the Storm stayed within range of the Chargers. After James trimmed the lead to five, Hillsdale used a 6-0 run for a 49-38 lead with 16 minutes left. James scored six points while David Dunnigan (Cleveland, Ohio / Padua) added four points on a 12-0 Lake Erie run as the Storm took a 50-49 lead with 12 minutes remaining. Dunnigan halted a 14-4 Hillsdale run with two free throws with five minutes remaining. Lake Erie trailed 63-56 following the pair of free throws. The Chargers ended the game with a 12-7 run, closing the 75-63 victory.
James led the Storm with a career-high 16 points along with four rebounds. Kynard had 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Middendorf added nine points while Humphrey and Dunnigan each scored eight points.