Second Half Surge Leads Storm Over Battlers

Second Half Surge Leads Storm Over Battlers

PHILIPPI, WV. – The Lake Erie College men's basketball team was in action today as they were victorious over Alderson Broaddus, 77-61.  With the win the Storm improves to 7-3 overall and 2-0 in Great Midwest Athletic Conference action. 

Head Coach Kyle Conley said, "To win at Alderson Broaddus you must play a complete game, and we spoke all week about what would be required.  I am very proud of the complete 40 minute effort the guys gave tonight." 

The Storm opened the game on a 7-0 run, which forced a Battlers timeout.  Jordan Humphrey (Columbus, Ohio / Westerville South) led the Storm run as he scored all seven points to open the game.  Out of the timeout, Alderson Broaddus went on a quick 5-0 run to cut the Storm lead to 7-5, with just under 17 minutes remaining in the half.  Lake Erie led 9-7 at the under 16 minute media timeout.  The game remained close at the under 12 minute media timeout as the Storm led, 16-12.   The Battlers grabbed an 18-16 lead with just over nine minutes remaining in the half, but Lake Erie responded to tie the game with a Lamont Rhodes (Bedford, Ohio / Bedford) dunk.  The game was tied at 18 points apiece, at the under eight minute media timeout.  Alderson Broaddus went on a quick 4-0 run to take 22-18 advantage, which forced a Storm timeout with 5:49 minutes remaining in the half.  After the timeout, Lake Erie made a pair of layups to tie the game at 22 points apiece.  The layups were made by David Dunnigan (Cleveland, Ohio / Padua), and Humphrey.  With under a minute remaining in the first half Ryan Middendorf (West Chester, Ohio / Lakota East) hit a three pointer to put the Storm up 27-24, but a three by the Battlers as time expired tied the game at the intermission. 

Both teams came out of the locker room ready to battle, as the first four minutes of the second half was a back and forth battle.  The Battlers led the Storm 40-38 at the first media timeout of the second half.  After the timeout, a three pointer by Gabe Kynard (Toledo, Ohio / St. John's) gave Lake Erie a 41-40 edge.  Alderson Broaddus answered back to take a 43-41 lead, but Lake Erie responded with an 8-0 run to take a 49-43 lead, which forced a Battlers timeout.  The run was capped by a pair of Brogan Scott (Wadsworth, Ohio / Highland) foul shots.  The Storm continued their strong play and led 56-51 at the under eight minute media timeout in the second half.  Out of the timeout, the Battlers cut the Storm lead to two, but Lake Erie answered with a quick 5-0 run to force an Alderson Broaddus timeout.  The run was capped by a Humphrey three pointer, to give the Storm a 61-54 lead.  The Storm saw their lead stretch to 12 points when Kynard converted a layup.  The Storm led 66-54 with three minutes remaining in the game.  Lake Erie closed out the game at the foul line and won the game, 77-61.         

The Storm was led by Humphrey as he had a career high 22 points on 9-11 shooting from the field.  Kynard added 13 points, and led the Storm in assists with four.  Rhodes grabbed a team high nine rebounds, and had block in the game.  Scott added 12 points to the Storm offense, and grabbed five rebounds.    

Coach Conley concluded, "Jordan Humphrey has had several high quality games during his young career, but none have been better than his performance tonight.  He was tremendous."  

Lake Erie will be back in action Saturday (Dec. 16) when they travel to take on Davis and Elkins, with the game set to tip at 2 p.m.