Storm to Play Two at Gary Miller Classic This Weekend

Friday, Nov. 27, 2009 8:00 p.m.
Lake Erie College (1-3) at Gannon University Golden Knights (0-1)
Hammermill Center (2,800) Erie, Pa.
Live Stats:
Series History: Gannon leads, 3-0
Last Meeting (Result): Gannon won, 76-41; Feb. 16, 2009 at Painesville

Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 6:00 p.m.
Lake Erie College (1-3) vs. Edinboro University Fighting Scots (2-0)
Hammermill Center (2,800) Erie, Pa.
Live Stats:
Series History: Edinboro leads, 10-1
Last Meeting (Result): Edinboro won, 85-78; Dec. 6, 2008 at Edinboro 


STORM TAKES ON KEYSTONE (STATE) OPPONENTS: Following the Storm's 84-56 loss at No. 4 Findlay on Tuesday, the Storm makes its shortest roadtrip of the season to Erie, Pa. for Gannon University's Gary Miller Classic. Lake Erie will battle the host Golden Knights (0-1) on Friday before playing Edinboro (2-0) on Saturday at the Hammermill Center.

ROBERTS MAKES IMMEDIATE IMPACT: Junior newcomer Joe Roberts (Cleveland, Ohio/Rhodes/Alderson-Broaddus) has been terrific in his first five games with Lake Erie. The Alderson-Broaddus transfer leads the team in scoring (15.0) and rebounding (6.4). Roberts was also the Storm's Most Outstanding Player at the NKU Classic last weekend and was named to the Lake Erie Tip-Off All-Tournament team in the season's opening weekend.

23rd SEASON OF STORM HOOPS: This is the 23rd season in Lake Erie men's basketball history, in which the Storm has posted an overall record of 182-365 (.333).  However, since the start of the 2002-03 season, Lake Erie is 109-85 (.562).

RANK AND FILE: Through just five games, Lake Erie has already played two ranked teams, Tusculum and Findlay (Northern Kentucky was ranked 26th in the NCBCA Preseason Poll. The Storm was 0-5 on the floor last season against ranked opponents (Southern Indiana forfeited a win) and still has two preseason-ranked teams left on its 2009-10 schedule.


LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Lake Erie dropped its second straight game against a ranked opponent on Tuesday (Nov. 24) night at No. 4 Findlay, 84-56. The Division II defending national champs controlled the action from the tip, jumping to a quick 13-1 lead before the Storm could fight back. Lake Erie, though, could not get to within eight points after that and a steady run at the end of the first half put away the Storm. Freshman center Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) scored a team and career-high 10 points in the game with four rebounds and a block. Three others added nine points apiece, including forward Joe Roberts (Cleveland, Ohio/Rhodes/Alderson-Broaddus), and guards Antonio Kidd (Cleveland, Ohio/Lakewood) and Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep).

WILD OPENER: Lake Erie played arguably its wildest season opener on Nov. 15, outlasting Ohio Valley 86-84 in triple overtime.  The game tied for the longest in school history (Dec. 19, 2008 vs. Grace College in Canton, Ohio) and was the longest game ever played at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center.  It was the Storm's first overtime victory since Dec. 19, 2006 at St. Vincent and evened their record in overtime since 1994 at 4-4.

ON THE GLASS: Lake Erie has done an outstanding job on the offensive glass this season, pulling down 66 offensive boards (13.2 per game), or more than one-third of all rebounds on that end of the floor. The Storm's rebounding proficiency has helped the Storm beat its opponent in second-chance points in four of its first five games this season. Roberts leads the squad with 18 offensive boards, while Eric Worthey (South Euclid, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) has corralled 10.

WORTH ANOTHER LOOK: Storm freshman swingman Eric Worthey (South Euclid, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) has been impressive in his first taste of collegiate basketball. The rookie put together a 14-point, 7-rebound effort against St. Joseph's on Nov. 21, and has earned the starting nod in all three games since. Worthey responded by averaging nine points and four rebounds while shooting 52 percent (11-21) from the floor. He also hit on 2-of-3 treys.

CAMPBELL NEARS 1,000: Senior forward Darnell Campbell (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwod) is just 68 points shy of the 1,000-point mark for his career.  To date, he has scored 932 points.  Only 10 players have reached the 1,000-point mark in Lake Erie History.

MILESTONE MARCH: In addition to Campbell, junior guard Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) needs just 42 points to reach 500 for his career.