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
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).
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
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
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
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.