PAINESVILLE, Ohio-- The Lake Erie College men's basketball team was unable to overcome the offensive effort of the Michigan Tech University Huskies, as they fell, 81-64, in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contest Thursday (Jan. 9).
The teams were even until the midway point in the half. With the score tied at 14, the Huskies went on a 7-0 run to gain a 21-14 advantage. The Huskies, led by Austin Armga's 20 first-half points, continued to roll as they took a 39-28 lead into the break.
Riley Thomas (Cardington, Ohio/Cardington-Lincoln) and Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) led the Storm with six points each in the opening half. The Storm shot 41.9% (13-of-31) but were zero-of-six from beyond the three-point line, which has been their bread and butter all season. The teams were even with 18 rebounds.
After the Huskies opened the second half with a three, the Storm went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead down to seven. Michigan Tech rebounded with a 8-0 run to jump back ahead by 15. Trailing 59-41 with 12 minutes remaining, the Storm scored 10 of the next 12 points to cut the Huskies 18 point lead down to eight but Michigan was able to remain steady and hold off the Storm's effort to secure the win.
Thomas led the Storm with 12 points. Sean Howard (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) and Nick Wells (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) had nine points apiece off the bench. Sims ended the game with eight points and eight rebounds. Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) had eight points to go along with his two blocks and two steals. Michael Morris (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) and Tom Parker (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) netted seven each.
The Huskies were led by Armga's 30 point, 10 rebound, six assist effort. Alex Culy scored 14 while Ben Stelzer and Jason Hawke had 12 each.
The Storm shot an uncharacteristic 25% (four-of-16) from the three-point line and 45.2% (28-of-62) overall compared to Michigan Tech's 57.7% (15-of-26) of three-pointers and 52% (26-of-50) overall. The Huskies also had a slight edge in the rebounding department, 31-30. Lake Erie dominated the paint, outscoring Michigan Tech 32-16 and had 16 points off turnovers.
The Storm is back at home Saturday (Jan. 11), hosting Northern Michigan University to close out GLIAC North Division play.