(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) – Lake Erie wrapped up a perfect opening weekend of G-MAC competition with a 77-64 victory over Davis & Elkins on Saturday afternoon. The Storm (5-3, 2-0) have now won four consecutive in the Osborne Center and handed the Senators (1-5, 0-1) in their conference opener.
The Storm rushed out to a 14-2 lead in the opening moments of the game sparked by seven points from Gabe Kynard. The junior guard opened the game with a 3-pointer and continued to have a strong first half with 18 points before he finished the game with 26.
Another triple by Kynard gave Lake Erie its largest lead of the game at 38-20 with just over five minutes left in the opening half.
The Senators made adjustments at the break to begin chipping away at the Storm lead. They came as close as five at 56-51 after a layup by Trevor English, but a pair of baskets by David Dunnigan and Kynard kept D&E at bay.
The visitors' last run came with just over four minutes in the game as they scored five-straight to get back within eight, but a Scott Brogan 3-pointer ended the threat with 2:28 to go in the game.
Kynard finished with 26 on 9-of-17 from the field. He was strong defensively as well with five steals. Scott added 16 for a new season-best and pulled down six rebounds. Erron James was the final Lake Erie player in double figures with 13 points.
Harrison Riggs played well all over the court as he dished out five assists and swiped four steals in addition to scoring nine points.
English was the leader for the Senators as he poured in 22 points. The junior center also pulled down eight rebounds.
Both teams were about even from the field, but 23 Davis & Elkins turnovers led to 26 points Lake Erie points.
Lake Erie now heads on the road for its next five games. First up will be a trip down I-77 to the Mountain State to take on Ohio Valley on Thursday. Tip-off with the Fighting Scotts is set for 7:30 p.m. following the women's game in Vienna.