PREVIEW: Lake Erie Looks To Bounce Back Against Hillsdale (Live Video and Stats)

PREVIEW: Lake Erie Looks To Bounce Back Against Hillsdale (Live Video and Stats)

Hillsdale College (5-1, 1-0 GLIAC) at Lake Erie College (3-2, 0-1)
When: Saturday December 3, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.
Where:  Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center (Painesville, Ohio)
Live Stats: http://livestats.prestosports.com/lakeerie
Video Web Broadcast: CLICK HERE Craig Deas (play-by-play)
Website: www.LakeErieStorm.com

STORM LOOKS FOR GLIAC VICTORY: The Lake Erie College men's basketball team looks to pick up its first conference victory as it faces Hillsdale College (5-1, 1-0 GLIAC) in a GLIAC matchup. The Storm (3-2, 0-1 GLIAC) had a three-game winning streak with home wins against Salem International University (86-77), Malone University (72-61), and Mercyhurst College, (67-51) before falling to Wayne State University, 67-56, last game.

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Visiting Wayne State scored the first nine points of the game and never trailed in a 67-56 victory over the Lake Erie in the GLIAC opener on Thursday night (Dec. 1). The Warriors (4-1, 1-0 GLIAC) held the Storm in check during the opening minutes of the game and then held off a couple of second-half comeback bids by the home team.

Sophomore Rich Austin scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds while freshman Jamil Dudley finished with 13 points to lead the Storm. For Dudley, it was his second straight game in double figures.  Lake Erie finished 20-of-53 from the field (37.7%), including just six-of-26 (23.1%) from three-point range.

SERIES NOTES: Today's contest is just the third time Lake Erie and Hillsdale have met with both previous games coming last season. The Storm last hosted Hillsdale on February 3, 2011 in which they suffered a 61-54 defeat. Neither team shot over 40 percent in a game that was close throughout, with six ties and 19 lead changes.

AUSTIN ALL-IN: Sophomore Rich Austin has made a huge leap after a solid freshman season.  Austin is averaging 14.6 ppg. and 8.0 rpg, both team-highs after averaging 6.0 ppg. and 3.9 rpg. last season.

OPPOSITION POSITION: Hillsdale is off a to a strong 5-1 start.  Thursday night, they opened GLIAC play in big fashion with a 70-43 win in Ashland.  The Chargers have a balanced attack with five players averaging 9.2 ppg. led by senior guard Brent Eaton at 13.0 ppg.

A LOOK AHEAD:  Lake Erie will be away from home for over a month as it faces GLIAC road tests at Ashland and Northwood, before competing in the Rollins (Fla.) Winter Park Rotary Tournament, Dec. 29-30. 

-LEC-