SOUTH EUCLID, OHIO – Senior guard Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) scored a team-high 17 points and the Lake Erie College men's basketball team overcame a 15-point second half deficit to snap a six-game losing streak with a 73-67 victory over the University of Windsor on the opening night of the Notre Dame College Holiday Tournament Wednesday (Dec. 29) at Murphy Gymnasium.
The Storm (3-6) trailed by 13 at halftime and was down 45-30 a minute into the second period, but went on a 22-2 run over the next nine minutes to take the lead. Windsor responded to tie the game at 52 with 9:17 left before junior Brandon Smith (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford/Cuyahoga C.C.) converted a three-point play and Lake Erie scored seven straight points to take control.
Smith hit a pair of free throws and added an emphatic dunk off a steal to seal the Storm's first victory since Nov. 19.
Bradshaw scored 12 of his 17 points in the first half, but the Storm shot just 9-of-31 in the opening half and trailed 43-30 at the break. However, Lake Erie reversed its fortune in the second half by shooting a stellar 63.6% from the field (14-of-22)
Freshman Riley Thomas (Cardington, Ohio/Cardington Lincoln) scored a career-high 15 points while Smith finished with 14 and grabbed six rebounds. Sophomore Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) pulled down eight boards to lead the Storm.
Josh Collins scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Lancers (7-2). Monty Hardware scored 18 and Andre Smythe added 14. That trio combined to go 10-of-22 from three-point range and scored all but 18 of Windsor's points.
Lake Erie will play host Notre Dame in the tournament's championship game on Thursday (Dec. 30) at 3 p.m.