PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College men's basketball team was in action today as they defeated Point Park, 94-63. With the win, the Storm improves to 2-1 on the season.
The Pioneers opened the game with some strong shooting and grabbed an early 9-4 advantage. The Storm responded with an 8-0 run to take a 13-9 edge. The run was led by Erron James (Westerville, Ohio / Westerville Central) as he notched five of the eight points during the run. Lake Erie continued to play well as an 8-2 run allowed the Storm to open up a 22-13 advantage half way through the first half. The run was sparked a pair of David Dunnigan (Cleveland, Ohio / Padua) layups. After three minutes of back and forth action after the timeout, the Storm went on a 12-2 run to saw their lead swell to, 37-19. Ryan Middendorf (West Chester, Ohio / Lakota East) propelled the Lake Erie run as he had a pair of three pointers. The Storm closed out the half strong and led, 47-23 at the intermission.
The Storm came out of the locker run ready to play as they opened the second half on a 15-3 run that spanned eight and a half minutes of the final half. The run was sparked by the Storm defense as they held the Pioneers to three points in the opening eight minutes of the second half. Lake Erie continued to assert their dominance over the remainder of the second half, and won 94-63.
Middendorf set another career-high with 20 points, including 18 from beyond the arc. Dunnigan reached a career-best with 18 points on seven-of-nine shooting. Dunnigan also grabbed eight rebounds in the contest. Mitch Loomis (Malvern, Ohio / Malvern) had 14 points and five rebounds, respectively. Ennis Thomas (Westerville, Ohio / Westerville South) was the fourth Storm player in double figures with ten points. James finished the night with eight points and ten rebounds, a career-best.
Head Coach Kyle Conley said "Middendorf and Dunnigan both played really well tonight. I like the depth that we have, as we have a couple of guys who can give us a spark on any given night. We finished the first half well and came out with energy to open the second half. We need to finish the game with the same intensity and consistency on both ends".
Lake Erie will be back in action Saturday (Nov. 18) when they travel to take on Central State, with the game set to tip at 3 p.m.