(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) – A comeback for the ages came up short as Lake Erie fell to Wayne State at the Osborne Center on Sunday afternoon. The Storm (0-2) came back from 18 points down to take the lead late in the game, but the Warriors (1-1) held off the rally to pull away at the end.
The visitors jumped out to an early lead and held the Storm off the scoreboard until Kevin Peterson (So., Cleveland, Ohio) finally sparked the offense with a pair of 3-pointers sandwiched around a Gabe Kynard (Sr., Toledo, Ohio) basket. A triple by Jacob Plantz (Fr., Genoa, Ohio) at the 10-minute mark cut the deficit to 19-12, but the Warriors were able to pull away again and led by 10 at the half.
The second half proved much more fruitful for the Green and White. Trailing 53-36, the Storm proceeded to go on a 22-4 run capped by a Plantz layup to take its only lead of the game.
Another bucket by Plantz tied the game after Wayne State answered with a 3-pointer, but another shot from distance went in on the next possession to give the Warriors the lead for good.
Kynard finished the game with 16 points with seven rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Peterson added 12 points off the bench and was 4-of-7 from the field and 3-of-5 behind the arc. Damion Williams was a force on the glass as he led all players with 13 rebounds.
The Warriors were led by a trio in double figures with Brailen Neely leading all scorers with 23 points on 9-of-16 from the field.
The Storm will return to action Tuesday when they host Wright State-Lake. Tip-off with the Lakers is set for 7 p.m.