Lake Erie Looks For Fourth Straight Win, 10th Overall at Gannon

Ethan Bradshaw

GAME 25
Lake Erie College Storm (9-15) at Gannon University Golden Knights (11-11)
When: Monday, Feb. 15, 2010  at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Hammermill Center (2,800 capacity) in Erie, Pa.
Radio Broadcast/Live Audio Stream: http://www.gannon.edu/athletics/werg/knightsound.html
Live Stats: http://www.gannon.edu/athletics/men/basketba/lstats/XLIVE.HTM
Series History: Gannon leads, 3-1
Last Meeting (Result): Nov. 27, 2009 (Lake Erie won, 59-45, in Erie, Pa.)

TIP-INS

STORM GOES FOR FOUR IN A ROW MONDAY: The Lake Erie men's basketball team looks for its fourth straight win on Monday evening at the Hammermill Center in downtown Erie against host Gannon. The Storm is coming off a 77-68 home win over Urbana and now hits the road for the first time since Jan. 25 after three straight home games (all wins). Gannon has won two straight, the latest being a 66-65 overtime win at the buzzer over visiting Clarion on a George Johnson jumper to move back to .500 on the season.

23rd SEASON OF STORM HOOPS: In 23 seasons of Lake Erie men's basketball, the Storm has posted an overall record of 190-376 (.336). However, since opening the 2002-03 season, Lake Erie is 117-96 (.549).

THE PREVIOUS MEETING: The Storm picked up its lone road win of the season at the Hammermill Center in a 59-45 triumph over the Golden Knights on Nov. 27. The Storm outscored Gannon in the first half, 34-14, and led by as many as 24 in the wire-to-wire win. Freshman Eric Worthey (South Euclid, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) had a breakout game, leading the Storm with 15 points and six boards.

FROM KNIGHT TO KNIGHT: After hosting the Urbana Blue Knights on Saturday, the Storm will play the Gannon Golden Knights on Monday. George Johnson (16.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg) and Travis Brannen (11.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg) are the only two Golden Knights averaging double figures for head coach Jon T. Reilly.

RANK AND FILE: On Feb. 22, No.11 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 at No. 25 Kentucky Wesleyan and No. 2 Florida Southern (see "Sweating It Out", Page 4).

STORM CLOUDS

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: For the second straight game, the Lake Erie men's basketball team used its defense to secure a 77-68 home win over Urbana on Saturday (Feb. 13). The Storm also matched school records for total rebounds (59), offensive rebounds (26) and free throws made (36) and set a new record for free throw attempts (50). Guard Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half, including a school record-tying 15 free throws. The Storm held the Blue Knights to just 31 percent shooting in the game and out-rebounded them, 59-50. Lake Erie led by one at halftime and started the second half on a 12-2 run to pull away. Senior forward Darnell Campbell (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) had 13 points and 12 rebounds, while forward Matt Grendel (Independence, Ohio/Independence) set a career-high with 13 rebounds to go with 11 points for his first career double-double. Freshman center Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) added 11 rebounds and six points.

CAMPBELL CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Senior forward Darnell Campbell moved into sixth place on Lake Erie's all-time scoring list on Saturday with his 13 points. He now has 1,158 points and is just 19 points shy of passing current Lake Erie assistant coach Rob Williams (2003-07) for fifth all-time. Campbell is also fifth all-time with 544 career rebounds, needing just two 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 five double-dips in his last seven games and seven times in his last nine he has finished with a double-double or has been either one point or rebound shy. Campbell now has 12 double-doubles in his Lake Erie career. Also, in 11 games since scoring his 1,000th career point on Dec. 21, Campbell is averaging 15.1 points and 9.2 rebounds.

GOING FOR 800: Junior guard Ethan Bradshaw is just 26 points away from 800 for his career with 774 points.

E's PRODUCTION: Bradshaw has also been very good in his last 10 outings, posting averages of 19.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.9 steals. He has double-figure point totals in all 10 of those games and has hit 85.5 percent (65-76) from the free-throw line in that stretch. Over the last two games, the 6-foot-1 Bradshaw has connected on 25 of his last 29 free throws. Bradshaw is the Storm's leading scorer at 15.7 points per game and leads the team with 33 steals.

WINNING NINE: The Storm won its ninth game of the season on Saturday, which surpasses last year's official total of eight. Lake Erie now has a chance to win double-digit games for the fourth time in the five years under head coach Cliff Hunt, who has a career record of 81-53.

FOUR STRAIGHT: Lake Erie is also looking for its first four-game winning streak since the 2007-08 season when it compiled winning streaks of five and seven. On Saturday, the Storm won its fourth straight home game for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign.

D-FENCE: The Storm has delivered dominating defensive performances in its last two games, holding Urbana and Central State (Feb. 6) to a combined 29.8 percent (39-131) shooting from the field, including an 8-for-43 mark (19 percent) from three-point range. The Storm has also forced 36 turnovers in the last two games and out-rebounded the opponent, 102-89.

ON THE GLASS: The Storm tied school records for total rebounds (59) and offensive rebounds (26) in its win over Urbana on Saturday. It was the fourth time this season Lake Erie has topped 50 rebounds for a game. Using the GLIAC as a measuring stick, the Storm would lead the league in offensive rebounding with 14.5 per game - two more than every team in the league. Lake Erie would rank second in overall rebounding with 37.9 per game and has nine players averaging at least 2.2 rebounds per game.

3-D IS KEY: In nine Storm wins, Lake Erie has limited its opponents to just 21.3 percent (37-174) 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 8-7 when the opponent is under 40 percent.

WHERE AT IN THE GLIAC?: On the individual level, junior guard Ethan Bradshaw would rank ninth in the GLIAC in scoring at 15.7 points per game and sixth in free throw percentage (81.1%). Freshman center Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) would be fifth in offensive rebounds per game (2.3) and fourth in field goal percentage (55.6%).

KIDD CONNECTING FROM DEEP: In the last nine games, junior guard Antonio Kidd is shooting 44% (20-of-45) 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 10 games, averaging 11.3 points.

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 7.7 points and 5.8 boards and his 55.6 field-goal percentage leads the team.