(EDINBORO, Pa.) – A career-high 31-point effort by Gabe Kynard (Sr., Toledo, Ohio) helped Lake Erie get back on track with a monstrous 100-71 victory over Edinboro Sunday afternoon. The offense explosion saw the Storm (5-3) hit the century mark for the first time in two seasons and record their highest shooting percentage in three.
To find the last time the Green and White hit 100 points, one would have to go back to February 3, 2018 when Ohio Valley fell victim to Lake Erie 106-55. Today's 58.3% clip from the field was also impressive as the Storm haven't shot that well since an 88-86 victory at Cedarville on December 30, 2016 when the Storm made 63.5% of the attempts.
Today's game threatened that mark as Lake Erie commanded a 48-29 lead at the break. Kynard had already scored 23 points by that time and was 9-of-10 in the opening stanza. He finished 10-for-13 overall with a perfect mark behind the arc and the foul line.
Kaleb Vaughn (RS-Sr., Toledo, Ohio) and Kevin Peterson (So., Cleveland, Ohio/Padua) joined him in double-figures with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Vaughn nearly had a double-double with a game-high nine rebounds. Peterson equaled Kynard behind the arc with a 3-for-3 mark. Overall Lake Erie was even more lethal from distance as it drained 13 triples for a 61.9% success rate.
Edinboro actually outscored the Storm in that department with 14 3-pointers, but the Storm controlled the paint by a 42-14 margin. Turnovers also helped as Lake Erie picked up 36 on 19 Fighting Scots (4-2) miscues.
The Storm will return home and prep for G-MAC play. Their conference opener will be this week as they head southwest to take on Cedarville. Tip-off with the Yellow Jackets is set for 7:45 p.m.