ELKINS, W.V. – The Lake Erie College men's basketball team was in action today as they were victorious over Davis and Elkins College, 79-72. With the win the Storm improves to 8-3 and a perfect 3-0 in Great Midwest Athletic Conference action.
Head Coach Kyle Conley said, "It is extremely hard to be on the road for four days and sweep a two game weekend. This is the first time we have had a road sweep since joining Division-II. I am proud of my team, as they showed some fight and grit today to finish a hard fought game."
The Senators opened the game on a 6-0 run. The run was halted by a Brogan Scott (Wadsworth, Ohio / Highland) foul shot. The Storm battled back and trailed 10-6 at the first media timeout of the game. Out of the timeout, Lake Erie tied the game at 10 points apiece with a quick 4-0 run. The run was capped by a Michael Morris (New Palestine, Ind. / New Palestine) jumper. The game remained close as Davis and Elkins lead 12-10, at the 12 minute media timeout. After two minutes of back and forth action, the Storm went on a 6-0 run that was finished off by a Ryan Middendorf (West Chester, Ohio / Lakota East) three pointer off an assist from Harrison Riggs (Toledo, Ohio / St. John's), which forced a Senators timeout. Lake Erie led Davis and Elkins, 22-21 at the under eight minute media timeout. The teams traded baskets for four minutes, and the Storm led 28-25 at the final media timeout of the half. With just under three minutes remaining in the half Lake Erie opened up a 7-0 run that saw their led swell to 38-29. The run was highlighted by Gabe Kynard (Toledo, Ohio / St. John's) as he scored all seven of the points during the run. The Storm entered the intermission with a 41-31 advantage.
Lake Erie came out of the locker room ready to play as they were able to stretch their lead to 49-35 over the first four minutes of the final half. The Senators answered back with a 6-0 run to cut the Storm lead to single digits, 52-44, which forced a Storm timeout. Out of the timeout, Davis and Elkins cut the Storm lead 56-55 with just under nine minutes remaining in the half. The Storm was able to stop the Senators momentum, and led 61-59 with just under eight minutes remaining in the game. Over the next four minutes Lake Erie was able to stretch their lead to 73-64 at the final media timeout of the game. After the timeout, the Senators cut the Storm lead to 75-71, but Lake Erie stopped the run. The Storm closed the game at the foul line and won 79-72.
The Storm was led by Kynard as he had 17 points and grabbed six rebounds in the game. Jordan Humphrey (Columbus, Ohio / Westerville South) added 15 points, and snagged a team high eight rebounds. Scott pitched in with 13 points.
Coach Conley added, "One of the best attributes of this team is we have multiple guys that can make plays. When the game was on the line several different guys scored big buckets".
Lake Erie will return to the court Tuesday (Dec. 19) when they travel to take on Kentucky Wesleyan with the game set to tip at 4:15 p.m.