Storm Falls in Close Battle to Walsh

Photo by Baker Media Productions
Photo by Baker Media Productions

NORTH CANTON, Ohio-- The Lake Erie College men's basketball team was unable to overcome the Walsh University Cavaliers Saturday (Feb. 7), falling 76-67 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).

The Storm jumped out to an 8-3 lead early off three-pointers by Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) and Trey Howard (Lima, Ohio/Lima Shawnee).  The Cavaliers chipped away until they took over the lead, 15-14.  The Storm regained the lead, 20-19, at the ten minute mark following a three by Bosley.  Bosley extended the lead with another three 20 seconds later.  In the final five minutes of the half, the Cavaliers took the lead once again, 29-27, and extended it to 41-31 at the half.

Bosley led the Storm with 15 first half points whileJamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) had 10. 

Dudley hit a three-pointer to open the second half but the Cavaliers went on an 11-2 run to gain an 18 point lead.  The Storm responded with 6-0 lead to cut the lead to 12.  After trading baskets, Michael Morris (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) hit three threes, followed by a Bosley lay-up to cut the lead to six.  Howard converted a traditional three-point play to cut the lead to three.  The Cavaliers slowly gained the edge once again increasing their lead to nine heading into the final minute.  Howard cut the lead to seven with 40 seconds to play but it was the last points for the Storm as they fell in conference play.

Dudley ended the game with 24 points, hitting eight-of-15 shots from the floor including three-of-six three pointers.  Bosley scored 17 points and grabbed a team-high six rebounds.  Morris scored 12 points off the bench, hitting all four of his three-point shots.  Howard ended the game with nine points and five rebounds.  Steve Walczak (Columbus, Ohio/Olentangy) also grabbed five rebounds.  Nick Wells (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) had three points while Collin Barth (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) had two.

The Storm hit 22-of-49 (44.9%) of their shots from the field, including 13-of-30 (43.3%) three-pointers.

The road trip continues for the Storm when they visit Wayne State University Thursday (Feb. 12).

-LEC-