(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) – A pair of stellar games from Gabe Kynard (Sr., Toledo, Ohio / St. John's) and Jacob Plantz (Fr., Genoa, Ohio / Genoa) helped Lake Erie down Malone 80-73 at the Osborne Center Thursday evening. Both players scored over 20 points to lead the Storm (10-7, 4-3) over the Pioneers (9-7, 3-3).
For Plantz, it was a career night as he scored a season best 21 points. He could barely miss as he hit 8-for-10 from the field and was 5-for-6 from behind the arc. Plantz didn't just shoot the ball as he provided three steals, four rebounds, and two assists.
"My biggest thing is, and you can ask my teammates, I wasn't shooting the ball very well all week during practice," said Plantz after the game. "I knew the next shot was going to fall. I came out tonight and hit that first one, and that really got me going.
"I wanted to work inside out, but I really credit my teammates. Gabe Kynard really finding me tonight, Harrison, Kevin, Caleb, all those guys, Erron, those guys all found me. I had really good looks and luckily they were going in tonight."
For Kynard, it almost seemed like business as usual as the G-MAC's leading scorer led the team with 22 points. He was 9-for-17 from the field, pulled down six caroms, and dished out four assists.
Every bit of the aforementioned was needed as Malone's Jaret Majestic kept the visitors in the contest with a late rally. He scored 20 of his game-high 31 points in the second half, 18 of which came on 3-pointers. Majestic made another in the first half, but three triples in the final 2:31 put the Pioneers within five with 50 seconds left.
Overall it was one of the best shooting nights for the Storm all season as they made 58.2% (32-of-55) of their attempts. Depth also helped out the Green and White as they outscored the Pioneers' bench 29-0.
"I love this team because no one's selfish," added Plantz. "Gabe's a great player, but he's still looking to find that open guy. Erron's a great player. He's still looking to find that open guy. H is a great player… It's really easy to get shots in this offense and not trying to force anything."
It was an important win for the Storm as well as they were just above Malone in the G-MAC points standings entering today. It was also the first win by a home team in the series in the past five games.
Lake Erie will look to keep the momentum going as it hosts Ohio Dominican a week from today. Tip-off with the Panthers is set for 5:30 p.m.