PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- Missing two key components from its thrilling opening night win, a shorthanded Lake Erie College men's basketball team could not withstand the hot shooting of Saint Joseph's College (Ind.) in a 93-67 loss in the championship game of the Lake Erie Tip-Off Tournament on Monday night (Nov. 16) at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center.
The Storm (1-1) was without starting junior guard Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) and senior forward Darnell Campbell (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) was limited to just 11 minutes due to injury. The duo combined for 35 points in Lake Erie's triple-overtime win over Ohio Valley University on Sunday.
Without them, the Storm was unable to match the Pumas (2-0) firepower. Saint Joseph's connected on 52.3 percent from the field overall, including 10-of-17 (58.8%) from three-point range.
The Pumas hit half their 28 attempts in the first half in opening a 12-point lead at the break. Lake Erie led midway through the period, 19-16, on a putback by junior Joe Roberts (Cleveland, Ohio/Rhodes/Alderson-Broaddus). But Saint Joseph's went on a 13-0 run over the next 4:15 to take control and led 36-24 at halftime.
Saint Joseph's forced the pace to a more up-tempo style and went to the outside game in the second half to pull away. They connected on eight-of-11 from behind the arc in the final twenty minutes. The Pumas also forced Lake Erie into 23 turnovers and took advantage of the miscues to the tune of 35 points-off-turnovers and 19 fast break points.
"We were a little disappointed that we didn't hang tough and put ourselves in a position to win," said head coach Cliff Hunt. "Joe Roberts competed the whole way and Jimmy Kerrigan had a nice second half, but we were a bit shorthanded and their manpower overwhelmed us in that second half. If we had been healthy the whole way, I think we could have made it a much different game."
Roberts, who was named to the all-tournament team, finished with 12 points and nine rebounds for the Storm. Freshman forward Eric Worthey (South Euclid, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) took scoring honors for the Storm with a career-high 14 points and seven boards off the bench. Junior center Jimmy Kerrigan (Strongsville, Ohio/Midpark/Cuyahoga C.C.) finished with 12 points.
Four Pumas hit double figures, led by Mark Lake's game-high17 points. Phillip Collins scored 16 points and Austin Peebles and Dayvon Sloan added 12 each. Lake and Collins earned spots on the all-tournament team for their performances.
In the consolation game, Ohio Valley defeated Point Park University 74-71.
Lake Erie returns to the court on Friday, Nov. 20, at nationally-ranked Northern Kentucky University in the opening round of the John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic in Highland Heights, Ky. Tip-off is set for 7:45 p.m.
2009 Lake Erie College Tip-Off Tournament All-Tournament Team
- Devon Anderson (Point Park)
Rodney Everage (Ohio Valley)
Joe Roberts (Lake Erie)
Phillip Collins (Saint Joseph's)
Mark Lake (Saint Joseph's)