(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) – Lake Erie fell to Findlay in G-MAC action by a score of 72-64 at the Osborne Center on Thursday evening. The loss drops the Storm to 14-12 overall and 8-8 in the conference, while the Oilers strengthened their lead at the top of the league at 19-6 overall and 14-2 in the G-MAC.
The Storm had the advantage early on as they jumped out to 16-8 lead after a Gabe Kynard (Sr., Toledo, Ohio / St. John's) 3-pointer seven minutes into the game, but Findlay answered with a 16-0 run over the next five minutes.
The Oilers remained up for the rest of the game, but it Lake Erie battled throughout. Kevin Peterson (So., Cleveland, Ohio / Padua) opened the second half with a triple to bring the Storm within two at 39-37, but Findlay again answered with the next three baskets.
It was the closest the Storm would get. Midway through the half, another 3-pointer, this time by Harrison Riggs (Jr., Toledo, Ohio / St. John's) cut the deficit to four as the Storm attempted another rally only to be answered with another Oiler bounce-back to go up double-digits.
Kynard finished with 24 points for game-high honors. He was 8-of-17 from the field with three 3-pointers, six rebounds, and three steals. He was 5-of-6 from the charity stripe and in doing so set a new school record for most free throws in a season with 128. The old record belonged to Melvin Selmon who made 124 during Lake Erie's inaugural season back in 1988-89.
Jacob Plants (Fr., Genoa, Ohio / Genoa) had a solid night with 13 points on 5-of-8 from the field and 3-of-6 behind the arc with six rebounds. Peterson chalked up 11 markers and pulled down seven caroms.
Findlay's balanced attack was led by Tommy Schmock who finished with 19 points. Overall the Oilers, No. 8 in the nation in field goal percentage, hit 50% from the field. Seven of their 28 makes came behind the arc.
Lake Erie will be back in action on Saturday in a crucial road game at Malone. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.