TIFFIN, Ohio—The Lake Erie College men's basketball team hit a season-low 25% off their shots as they fell at Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) South Division foe Tiffin University 78-44 on Thursday (Jan. 24).
Joe Grasslle's 23 points- his fourth straight 20 plus point performance- paced the Dragons (7-12, 4-9 GLIAC).
The teams exchanged points until the Dragons went on a 10-0 run to go ahead 21-11. Tiffin kept the momentum up as they closed out the half outscoring the Storm (5-11, 2-10 GLIAC) 21-15 off Graessle's 18 first-half points to take a 42-27 lead into the half.
Khaleal McCormick also scored in double-digits for the Dragons, netting 10 while collecting seven rebounds. Overall, Tiffin hit 15-of-27 (55.6%) shots from the floor, including four-of-nine (44.4%) off three-point attempts. The Dragons also owned a slight 20-17 advantage on the boards. Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) led the Storm with six points in the half while Roy Alexander (Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Ridge) scored five. Lake Erie shot just 24.1% (seven-of-29) in the half but hit three-of-six (50%) three-point attempts.
The Dragons continued to set the pace in the second-half, starting on a 16-5 run to take a 58-32 lead eight minutes into the second. The Storm's shooting slump continued, hitting just seven-of-27 shots in the second-half as Tiffin came away with the 78-44 win.
Four Dragons scored in double figures, led by Graeslle's 23 points on nine-of-13 (69.2%) shooting. Eric Roby netted 16 points and Mike Brown and McCormick added 35 points-15 and 10 receptively- off the bench. McCormick collected 11 rebounds to complete the double-double. The Dragons were effective from beyond the arch, hitting nine-of-19 (47.4%) three-point attempts.
Lake Erie failed to have a double-digit scorer for the first time this season. Nate Tait (South Euclid, Ohio/Brush/Alderson-Broaddus), Riley Thomas (Cardington, Ohio/Cardington-Lincoln) and Sims each scored seven points. Andy Bosely (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) shared the team lead in rebounds with Sims with six boards.
Tiffin outshot the Storm 48.3% to 25% and won the battle on the boards 43-33.
The Storm return to action on Saturday (Jan. 26) when they travel to Columbus for a GLIAC contest against Ohio Dominican University.