Lake Erie College Storm (8-15) vs. Urbana University B
When: Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010 at 3 p.m.
Where: Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center (700 capacity) Painesville, Ohio
Radio Broadcast/Live Audio Stream: None
Live Stats: www.lec.edu/ath_stats/livestats/mbk/xlive.htm
Series History: Urbana leads, 2-1
Last Meeting (Result): Jan. 23, 2010 (Urbana won, 83-72, in Urbana, Ohio)
STORM GOES FOR THREE IN A ROW SATURDAY: The Lake Erie men's basketball team eyes its third straight win against Urbana on Saturday afternoon. The Storm lost to the Blue Knights, 83-72, on Jan. 23, but look to exact revenge at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athetic & Wellness Center, where Lake Erie is 6-3 this season and 51-13 since the building opened in 2004. The Storm is also riding a three-game home winning streak into Saturday's game. Urbana has won four straight games, the latest a 73-61 win at Northwestern (Ohio) on Thursday.
THINK PINK: In its "Taking Breast Cancer by Storm" basketball doubleheader last Saturday, Lake Erie College raised more than $1,400 for the Kay Yow WBCA Cancer Fund. Players from the men's teams sported pink shooting shirts, socks and headbands for the event, which was a part of the GLIAC's Think Pink campaign.
23rd SEASON OF STORM HOOPS: In 23 seasons of Lake Erie men's basketball, the Storm has posted an overall record of 189-376 (.335). However, since opening the 2002-03 season, Lake Erie is 116-96 (.547).
CHANGE OF PLANS: The Storm was originally scheduled to host Indiana (Pa.) on Monday (Feb. 8), but severe weather in central Pennsylania forced the game to be moved to to Monday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. It will be the regular season finale for the Storm.
RANK AND FILE: Indiana (Pa.) will be the sixth ranked team the Storm will play this season and the first at the Osborne Center. Lake Erie has not beaten a ranked team this season, but dropped a pair of two-point games on the road at No. 25 Kentucky Wesleyan and No. 2 Florida Southern (see "Sweating It Out", Page 4).
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: The Lake Erie men's basketball team used a stout defense to beat regionally-ranked Central State last Saturday (Feb. 6) at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center, 69-49. The Storm limited the Marauders to just 28% (16-57) shooting in the game, including a 1-for-17 mark from three-point range. Junior guard Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) paced Lake Erie with a game-high 25 points - 17 in the first half - and six assists. Senior forward Darnell Campbell (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) added his fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and a season-high 14 rebounds, just one shy of a career mark. Lake Erie moved the ball effectively, getting 18 assists on just 27 field goals despite not shooting the ball particularly well (43%).
CAMPBELL CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Senior forward Darnell Campbell ranks sixth on Lake Erie's all-time scoring list with 1,145 points. Campbell is just 12 points shy of passing Ryan Myers (1996-99) for fifth on that list. Campbell is also fifth all-time with 532 career rebounds, needing 14 more to move past Jeremy Damron (1992-96, 545) for fourth place.
DOUBLING UP: While Campbell is climbing the career charts, he's also piling up double-doubles in the process. The 6-foot-6 swingman has four double-dips in his last six games and six times in his last eight he has finished with a double-double or has been either one point or rebound shy. Campbell now has 11 double-doubles in his Lake Erie career. Also, in 10 games since scoring his 1,000th career point on Dec. 21, Campbell is averaging 15.3 points and 8.9 rebounds.
GOING FOR 800: Junior guard Ethan Bradshaw is just 50 points away from the 800-point mark for his career with 750. Incidentally, he also has 250 field goals in his career.
WITH ONE MORE WIN...: The Storm's next win will be its ninth of the season, which would surpass last season's official total of eight. Lake Erie also has a chance to reach double-digit wins for the fourth time in the last five seasons. This is just Lake Erie's second year at the Division II level and the Storm is playing an incredibly difficult schedule, loaded with six ranked teams.
THREE STRAIGHT: Lake Erie is also looking for its first three-game winning streak since the 2007-08 season when it compiled winning streaks of five and seven. The Storm is also looking for its fourth straight home win for the first time since that season.
D-FENCE: The Storm unleashed its best defensive outing of the season last Saturday, holding Central State to Lake Erie opponent season-lows of 28.1 percent (16-57) shooting from the floor and 5.9 percent (1-17) shooting from three-point range. The 49 points allowed were the second-fewest by a Storm opponent this season, just behind the 45 put up by Gannon on Nov. 27. The Marauders (17-5) entered the game averaging 77.4 points per game on 47.4 percent shooting, including a 37.5 percent mark on threes.
HANDING OUT HELPERS: In last Saturday's win over Central State, the Storm totaled 18 assists on just 27 field goals, the second-highest total this season, behind a 21-assist game at Florida Southern on Dec. 28. Lake Erie had five players with multiple assists on Saturday, including six by leading scorer Ethan Bradshaw. It was the fourth time this season - and the first since a Dec. 29 win against Missouri-St. Louis - that Lake Erie has had five players with multiple assists. The Storm is 3-1 in those games.
3-D IS KEY: The Storm held Central State to just one three pointer in 17 attempts last Saturday. In eight Storm wins, Lake Erie has limited its opponents to just 20.3 percent (30-148) shooting from beyond the arc. But in 15 Storm losses, opponents shoot 43.9 percent (118-269) from long range. Lake Erie is just 1-8 when the opponent shoots at least 40 percent from outside and 7-7 when the opponent is under 40 percent.
ON THE GLASS: Lake Erie has put up strong rebounding numbers this season, stats that would rank the Storm near the top of the GLIAC this season. Using the GLIAC as a measuring stick, the Storm would lead the league in offensive rebounding at 14.0 per game. Lake Erie would be third in overall rebounding.
WHERE AT IN THE GLIAC?: On the individual level, junior guard Ethan Bradshaw would rank ninth in the GLIAC in scoring at 15.3 points per game and eighth in free throw percentage (79.3%). Freshman center Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) would be sixth in offensive rebounds per game (2.1) and fourth in field goal percentage (55.8%).
KIDD CONNECTING FROM DEEP: In the last nine games, junior guard Antonio Kidd is shooting 48% (19-of-40) from three-point range. Prior to that, he was hitting on just 28.6% from beyond the arc. Kidd is third on the team in scoring in the last nine games, averaging 11.4 points.
E's PRODUCTION: Junior guard Ethan Bradshaw has also been very good in his last nine outings, posting averages of 18.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.9 steals. He has double-figure point totals in all nine of those games and has hit 83.3 percent from the free-throw line in that stretch. Bradshaw is the Storm's leading scorer at 15.3 points per game and leads the team with 31 steals.
FROSH DEVELOPMENT: One key to the Lake Erie basketball program as it continues its transition to Division II is the development of its four-year players. Head coach Cliff Hunt may have found a gem in freshman Garrick Sims. The 6-8 center is averaging 7.8 points and 5.5 boards and his 55.8 field-goal percentage is second on the team.
A LOOK AHEAD: The Storm knocked off Ohio Dominican on Jan. 30 for its first win of the season against a future GLIAC foe. Lake Erie fell to No. 4 Findlay and Grand Valley State earlier this season for its 1-2 record against the GLIAC. Last season, the Storm was 2-2 against future GLIAC foes, sweeping ODU, while losing to UF and GVSU. Ohio Dominican will join the GLIAC in 2010-11 along with Lake Erie College.
SWEATING IT OUT: Prior to a 68-66 win on Jan. 30 over Ohio Dominican, the Storm had dropped three straight two-point games (all on the road, two to ranked teams), the last coming in its previous game against Davis & Elkins on Jan. 25. The Storm tied the game in with 13 seconds left, but the Senators pulled out the win, hitting a shot with 1.1 seconds left. On Dec. 28, the Storm had No. 2 Florida Southern on the ropes, leading by two with under 10 seconds left, but the Mocassins hit four free throws in that span for the 88-86 win. LEC led that game by as many as 11 in the first half. The Storm turned an 18-point deficit into a four-point lead with 1:38 left against No. 25 Kentucky Wesleyan on Dec. 12, but the Panthers scored the last six points in the game to steal the 79-77 decision.
HALFTIME INDICATOR: For the first time this season, the Storm lost a game in which it led at halftime in the Jan. 23 loss at Urbana. The Storm is now 5-1 when it leads at halftime and 2-14 when it is trailing at that point.
OFFENSIVE OUTPUT: In a Dec. 28 loss 88-86 loss to No. 2 Florida Southern featured the Storm's most impressive offensive outing of the season. It was the first time since the season-opener against Ohio Valley (a triple-overtime 86-84 win) on Nov. 15 that the Storm scored more than 73 points. Lake Erie had four players in double figures including three with 20 or more points. Antonio Kidd, Ethan Bradshaw had 21 points apiece while Darnell Campbell scored 20 points for the second consecutive game. Alex Davis chipped in 10 points. The Storm shot 52.3 percent (34-65) from the field and buried a season-high 10 three-pointers on 21 attempts.
WILD OPENER: Lake Erie played arguably its wildest season opener on Nov. 15, outlasting Ohio Valley 86-84 in triple overtime. It was the longest game ever played at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center. It was the Storm's first overtime victory since Dec. 19, 2006 and evened their record in overtime since 1994 at 4-4.