UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich.—The Lake Erie College men's basketball team was unable to overcome an early Saginaw Valley State University lead as they fell to the Cardinals 72-63 Tuesday (Dec. 14).
The Cardinals scored the first four points of the contest before the Storm went on a 5-0 to take the lead. Saginaw Valley responded with 4-0 run to regain the lead. They did not relinquish it the rest of the half as they took a 38-26 lead into the half.
Roy Alexadner (Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Grove) led the Storm with seven points in the first-half. Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Olentangy Orange), Nick Wells (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) and Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) had four points each. The Storm shot 32.3% (10-of-31) in the opening half.
The Cardinals increased their lead to 17 early in the second-half but the Storm went on a 7-0 run, with four points from Bosley, to cut the lead to ten. The Storm kept the game within reach, eventually cutting the lead to eight off a Wells lay-up with just under 14 minutes to play. For the next eight minutes, the teams went back-and-forth until the Storm gained the advantage, bringing the game within four points, 58-52, with just over six minutes to play after Bosley scored nine straight points. However, the Cardinals regained control of the game. The Storm scored seven points in the final two minutes but it was not enough as the Storm fell on the road.
Bosley tied his career-high with 22 points to go with his six rebounds and three steals. Dudley ended the game with 14 points. Alexander scored 10 points to go with his team-high seven rebounds.
The Storm shot 40.7% (24-of-59) for the game. They committed just 11 turnovers while forcing 16. The created turnovers resulted in 17 points. The Lake Erie bench produced 17 points.
The Storm is back in action Jan. 2, playing host to Lake Superior State University.