PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College men's basketball team was in action today as they were defeated by Ferris State University, 84-56.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring with a jumper from Zach Hankins. The Storm made the score 2-1 when Nick Wells (Akron, Ohio / St. Vincent-St. Mary) spilt a pair of foul shots on the Storm's next possession. Ferris St. went on a big run that propelled them to a double digit lead entering the second media in the first half. Out of the timeout, the Storm went on an 11-0 run that cut the Bulldogs lead to 10. The run was highlighted by a Gabe Kynard (Toledo, Ohio / St. John's) three pointer, with just over seven minutes remaining in the half. After Bulldogs ended the Storm's run, Lake Erie continued to fight and cut the lead to eight, 30-22 when Jordan Humphrey (Columbus, Ohio / Westerville South) grabbed an offense rebound and passed the ball to Mitch Loomis (Malvern, Ohio / Malvern) for an easy Storm layup. Head Coach Kyle Conley talked about the run "We defended the way we needed to the entire game. It was our best defense effort all year for those 10-15 minutes". The two teams battled for the remainder of the half, and Lake Erie trailed, 38-27 at the intermission.
At the half, the Storm was led by Sean Howard (Indianapolis, Ind. / Lawrence North) as he had eight points and a pair of steals. Brogan Scott (Wadsworth, Ohio / Highland) also pitched in with five points and three rebounds in the half.
The first three minutes of the second half were a back and forth battle before the Bulldogs went on a 7-2 run that saw them take a 19 point lead into the first media timeout of the second half. The Storm continued to fight through the middle of the second half and held the Bulldogs lead to 19 with just under 10 minutes remaining in the game. With about six minutes remaining in the game Ferris State went on a big run and put the game out of reach. The Bulldogs won, 84-56.
The Storm was led by Scott as he had a team high 13 points and seven rebounds in the game. Loomis added 10 points and two rebounds off the bench for the Storm. Humphrey lead the way defensively as he had a game high three steals.
Lake Erie will return to the hardwood Saturday (Jan. 7) when they host Grand Valley State with the game set to tip at 3 p.m.