PAINESVILLE, Ohio— The Lake Erie College men's basketball team fell to 24th-ranked Lake Superior State University, 79-60, in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play Friday (Jan. 2) in Painesville.
Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) scored the opening points of the game but the Lakers were quick to take control, going on an 11-1 run to own an 11-3 lead. The Storm cut the lead down to three, 11-8, but the Lakers went on a 12-1 run to regain control. They led the Storm 40-15 at the half.
Nick Wells (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) led the Storm with five points in the first half. Nick Deitsch (Lewis Center, Ohio/Orange) and Michael Morris (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) had four points apiece.
The Lakers scored the first five points of the second half as they continued to shoot well. At the first media timeout of the second half, they led 50-24. The Storm shot 50% (14-of-28) in the second half and outscored the Lakers 45-39 but was unable to overcome the deficit.
Morris led the Storm with 10 points. Deitsch had a career-high eight rebounds to go with his eight points. Wells and Sean Howard (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) had nine points apiece. Wells and Bosley had six rebounds each.
The Storm won the battle of the boards, outrebounding the Lakers 41-35. Five different Storm players recorded blocks. 29 of the Storm's points came off the bench. They also had 14 points on second chances.
The Storm returns to action to face GLIAC foe Northwood University Sunday (Jan. 4) in Painesville.