(HILLSDALE, Mich.) – With the two top defensive teams in the G-MAC squaring off tonight, Lake Erie ended up falling to Hillsdale by a score of 61-47 Thursday evening. The defeat drops the Storm to 6-5 overall and 3-2 in the conference while the Chargers improved to 7-4 and 4-1 in the same categories.
The expected defensive battle was evident in the first half as the two squads combine for just 47 points in the opening frame. As both teams headed to the locker room for halftime, the Storm trailed by just one.
Unfortunately for Lake Erie, Hillsdale's offense started to head up a little at the start of the second. The Chargers came out and scored on three of their first four possessions to generate some momentum. Free throws by David Dunnigan and Brogan Scott brought the Storm back to 30-26, but the outside game started to hurt them as Hillsdale converted 3-pointers on four consecutive possessions to pull away.
Gabe Kynard led the Storm with 11 points and was the only Lake Erie player to reach double figures. He also led the team in rebounding with seven boards.
On the opposite end, Nick Czarnowski paced the Chargers with 15 points on 7-of-10 from the field and added nine rebounds.
The tough road stretch continues Saturday as the Green and White heads west once again to take on Findlay. Tip-off with the Oilers is set for approximately 3 p.m. following the women's game.