SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio— The Lake Erie College men's basketball team fell in nonconference action at Notre Dame College, 90-87, Monday evening (Nov. 30).
The game featured seven ties and 10 lead changes.
The teams went-back-and-forth for the opening ten minutes before the Falcons pulled ahead, 24-19. The Storm fought back, taking a 27-26 lead off a Michael Morris (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) three-pointer. The lead was short lived with the Falcons quickly regaining their footing. Trailing 36-30 with four minutes to play in the opening half, the Storm tied the game once again at 39.
The Falcons hit a three in the final minute but a Steve Walczak (Columbus, Ohio/Orange) layup cut the lead to one at the half.
Trey Howard (Lima, Ohio/Lima Shawnee) led the Storm with 12 points in the opening half. Sean Howard (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) had seven while Morris had six. The Storm hit 17-of-39 (45.6%) of their shots in the half.
The Storm gained the lead with the first basket of the second half. After trading baskets, the Storm went on a 9-2 lead to gain a 54-47 advantage. Notre Dame pulled within three, 59-56, minutes later but the Storm defense held tight as they maintained the lead.
The lead grew to nine with six minutes to play but the Falcons pulled within one moments later, gaining the lead, 79-77, on a pair of free throws. Morris answered with a three to give the Storm a two point lead. However, the Falcons went on a 6-0 run in the closing minutes to capture the lead.
In the final minute, the Storm hit a couple shots but the Falcons went four-of-five from the charity stripe to secure the win.
Trey Howard ended the game with 21 points, four rebounds and three assists. Sean Howard ended with 16 points and team-highs with seven rebounds and four assists. Morris had 14 points while Nick Wells (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) had 10, hitting four-of-five shots. Collin Barth (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) scored a season-high 11 points off the bench, hitting three-of-four threes.
Lake Erie shot 45.6% (34-of-74) for the game. They turned the ball over just six times compared the Notre Dame's 12 turnovers.
The Storm is back in action Thursday night (Dec. 3), opening Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play at Ferris State University.