Storm Slay Dragons, 92-80

Photo by BB Sports Photography
Photo by BB Sports Photography

TIFFIN, Ohio – The Lake Erie College men's basketball team was in action today as they were victorious over Tiffin University, 92-80.

Jordan Humphrey (Columbus, Ohio / Westerville South) opened the scoring with a layup on the opening possession of the game.  The Dragons fought back and took a 9-5 lead as they called a 30 second timeout with just under 17 minutes remaining in the half.  After the timeout Sean Howard (Indianapolis, Ind. / Lawrence North) hit a three off of an assist by Gabe Kynard (Toledo, Ohio / St. John's) to make the score 9-7.  The Storm continued their strong play and regained a 12-11 lead behind a three pointer from Erron James (Westerville, Ohio / Westerville Central) with just over 13 minutes to play in the half.  Lake Erie entered the second media timeout with an 18-15 advantage.  Tiffin came out of the timeout on a 9-0 run and took a 24-18 lead which forced a 30 second Storm timeout. Lake Erie responded to tie the game behind Brogan Scott (Wadsworth, Ohio / Highland) as he scored four of the six points during the quick Storm run.  The game remained tied at the final media timeout, 28-28.  The game remained close and the Storm entered the intermission ahead, 42-40. 

At the half the Storm was led by Howard as he had 13 points on 3-6 shooting from behind arc.  Scott pitched in with 10 points and a team leading five rebounds. 

Tiffin opened the scoring in the second half and regained the lead, the Dragons took a 55-53 lead into the first media timeout of the second half.  The Storm went on a 7-0 run that saw the Storm regain a 62-59 lead, when Mitch Loomis (Malvern, Ohio / Malvern) capped the run with a layup.  The Storm stretched their lead to seven with eight minutes remaining in the game behind a pair of three pointers from Ryan Middendorf (West Chester, Ohio / Lakota East).  The Storm continued their strong play and held off every Tiffin surge, to take a 78-71 edge into the final media timeout of the game.  Out of the break Howard hit a big three to give the Storm an 81-71 advantage.  The Storm closed out the game and defeated the Dragons, 92-80. 

Scott led the Storm with a double-double, with a career high 23 points and 10 rebounds.  Howard added 20 points on 5-9 shooting from behind the arc.  Off the bench, Middendorf tied a career high in points with 11.       

Lake Erie will return to the hardwood Saturday (Jan. 14) when they travel to take on Walsh University.

-LEC-