FINDLAY, Ohio-- The Lake Erie College men's basketball team fell on the road to the University of Findlay, 74-49, Saturday (Jan. 25) in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) South Division play.
Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) led the Storm 17 points and nine rebounds.
The Oilers opened the game on an 11-1 run. Back-to-back three pointers from Riley Thomas (Cardington, Ohio/Cardington-Lincoln) and Michael Morris (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) narrowed the gap to 11-7 but Findlay went on a 12-0 run to re-establish control and took a 20 point lead into the break.
Sims had 11 points in the first-half to lead the Storm while Morris had six and five rebounds.
Morris hit a pair of threes at the start of the second-half to bring the Oilers advantage down to 14 but it would be the closest that the Storm got as Findlay led by as much as 27 in the second-half to secure the victory.
In addition to his 17 points and nine rebounds, Sims added two steal and an assist. Morris matched Sims with a season-high nine rebounds to go alongside his 12 points and two steals. Sean Howard (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) added six points, three rebounds and two assists off the bench. Tom Parker (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) had a team-high four assists.
The Storm hit just 29.8% (17-of-57) of shots from the floor and 28% (seven-of-25) from the three-point line.
Four Oilers scored in double-figures, led by Greg Kahlig's 21 points. Dylan Kaufman contributed 15 while Alphonso Baity and Jake Heagen had 11 each. Heagen also had a game-high 12 rebounds for the double-double.
Findlay shot 46.7% (28-of-60) from the floor and 37% (10-of-27) from beyond the arch. The Oilers also led in rebounding (41-35) and held the advantage in turnovers (15-18).
The is back at home Thursday (Jan. 30) against GLIAC foe Tiffin University to kick-off a three-game homestand.