KINGSVILLE, Texas— The Lake Erie College men's basketball fell in a tight, double-overtime season opener at Texas A&M University-Kingsville Friday night (Nov. 14), 96-93.
Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) led the Storm in scoring with a career-high 30 points in his first game since the 2012-13 season.
The Javalinas started the game on a 5-0 run and eventually led 13-4 early on. The Storm slowly chipped away at the lead and came within one point, 24-23, with a little less than six minutes to play in the first half. With three minutes to play in the half, Trey Howard (Lima, Ohio/Lima Shawnee) gave the Storm their first lead on a jumper. The teams traded the lead back-and-forth in the final minutes of the half, with the score resulting in a 33-33 deadlock heading into the break.
The Storm and Javalinas continued the back-and-forth play early in the second half but Texas A&M Kingsville was able to gain control of the momentum, leading by six with 12 minutes to go. Like the first half, the Storm chipped into and regained the lead seven minutes later- once again on a shot by Trey Howard. After the teams exchanged scores, the Storm went on a 9-4 run to earn a 62-57 lead with four minutes left in the half. The Storm maintained their lead over the next couple minutes. In the final minute of the half, the Javalinas fought back from a five point deficit to send it into overtime on late free throws.
Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) scored the first points of the extra session before the Javalinas tied it on free throws. Dudley then converted a traditional three-point play to give the Storm a three point edge. A couple of possessions later, the Javalinas tied it on a three pointer but Dudley was able to respond for the Storm with a layup. Texas A&M Kingsville went on a 6-0 run to take a four point lead but Dudley cut the run short on a three pointer with 12 seconds remaining. After the Storm fouled, the Javalinas converted two free throws to lead by three. With less than seven seconds to go in the overtime session, the Storm quickly moved the ball down the court with Bosley finding Nick Wells (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) for the three point buzzer beater to send the game into a second overtime.
The Storm rode the momentum into the second overtime, starting on a 6-0 run with baskets by Trey Howard, Dudley and Wells. However, the Javalinas went on a 10-0 run to take a four point lead with 13 seconds to play. Trey Howard worked his way into the lane for a layup and one with seven seconds to play. He was successful on his free throw attempt, cutting the lead down to one. The Storm fouled on the ensuing rebound. The Javalinas converted both free throws to once again lead by three. In the final seconds, the Storm put up a three point attempt but it went off the rim as they fell 96-93.
Dudley scored his 30 points on 10-of-14 (71.4%) shooting including five-of-seven (71.4%) shooting on three point attempts. Trey Howard also had a career-high in points with 19 on seven-of-13 (53.8%) shooting from the field in addition to his five rebounds. Bosley finished with 15 points on five-of-ten shooting. He also had a team- and career-high seven assists in addition to three steals and three rebounds. Wells ended the game with 12 points on four-of-six (66.7%) shooting from the field with five rebounds and two steals. Sean Howard (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) had seven points and four rebounds. Roy Alexander (Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Ridge) had a team-high six rebounds.
Overall, the Storm shot 47.7% (31-of 65) from the field. 36 of the Storm's points came off the bench. The Storm had 12 steals compared to the Javalinas' seven.
The Storm is back in action tomorrow (Nov. 14) in Texas against Henderson State University.