Postseason honors are piling up for junior guard Gabe Kynard as he was named to the Division 2 Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-Midwest Region Team Friday afternoon. Kynard was one of just 10 players selected and named to the All-Midwest Region Second Team.
The Great Midwest Athletic Conference announced its postseason honors and Gabe Kynard and Erron James have been named to the All-Conference Team. Kynard was place on the First Team while James was selected to the All-Defense Team. Both are firsts for the Storm program in the Division II era.
The best season in Lake Erie’s Division II era came to a heartbreaking end in Hillsdale as the Storm fell 60-59 at Potter Arena Tuesday evening. The No. 6 Storm (17-12) erased an 11-point deficit with nine minutes remaining to take the lead, but the No. 3 Chargers dropped a layup with six seconds left to secure the win in the G-MAC Tournament quarterfinals.
(HILLSDALE, Ohio) – It’s tournament time once again as Lake Erie makes its second consecutive trip to the postseason as the No. 6 seed in the G-MAC Tournament. The Storm (17-12, 12-8) will take on the No.3 seed Hillsdale Chargers (18-9, 14-6) in a rematch of last year’s semifinals.
While the all-time series historically favors Hillsdale, Lake Erie has been on the rise the last two seasons and edged the Chargers in their last meeting a few weeks ago by way of a 53-52 decision. The Storm are looking for another result in the win column as they hope to advance to the semis a second-straight season.
Last year Lake Erie entered the G-MAC Tournament as the No. 7 seed and defeated No. 2 Walsh at Findlay.
If the past games between Lake Erie and Hillsdale provide any insight to how Tuesday night will be played, it’s that it will be a defensive battle. Both teams rank in the top three in the G-MAC in scoring defense.
Tip-off with the Chargers is set for 7 p.m.
Lake Erie will enter its second consecutive G-MAC Tournament on the high of setting a couple new program records. With Saturday’s 79-71 victory over Malone, the Storm set new marks for overall wins (17) and conference wins (12) in its Division II era. The last time the Storm reached that win total was their final season as a Division III member during the 2007-08 campaign that saw them go 18-9 overall and 13-4 in the AMCC.
A pair of playoff teams will square off tomorrow afternoon as Lake Erie heads down I-77 to take on Malone. The Storm (16-11, 11-8) have solidified the No. 6 seed in the G-MAC Tournament next week, while the Pioneers (15-12, 9-10) are licked in at the No. 7 spot.
Harrison Riggs matched a career-high with 19 points, but it wasn’t enough as Lake Erie fell to Walsh 75-59 at Alumni Arena on Thursday night. The Storm fall to 16-11 overall and 11-8 within the G-MAC while the Cavaliers improved to 21-7 and 16-4 in the same categories.
Both teams have already punched their ticket to the postseason, but there will still be plenty on the line when Lake Erie travels to Walsh on Thursday night at 7:30. The Storm (16-10, 11-7) enter as the sixth-place team in the G-MAC, while the Cavaliers (20-7, 15-4) are currently second.
Five players scored in double-figures led by Lamont Rhodes with a double-double as Lake Erie downed Tiffin 87-76 Saturday afternoon. The win set a Storm (16-10, 11-7) record in the Division II era for conference wins and ties last year’s record of 16 overall wins.
The 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Men’s Basketball Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the court and in the classroom. Only six were selected to the NCAA Division II District 4 First Team, and Lake Erie’s own Gabe Kynard was one of the few chosen.
Lake Erie fell in a 53-52 setback at Cedarville in the first of a four-game road stretch to close the regular season. The defeat drops the Storm to 15-10 overall and 10-7 in the conference while the Yellow Jackets improved to 16-10 and 13-5 in the same categories.
The long road to the end of the regular season starts tomorrow as Lake Erie heads southwest to take on Cedarville. It’s the first of four consecutive road games to close the docket for the Storm (15-9, 10-6). The Yellow Jackets (15-10, 12-5) are winners of three-straight heading into Thursday.
After Thursday’s tough defeat, Lake Erie knew they could hang with the best. Case and point was today’s defensive thriller that saw the Storm defeat visiting Hillsdale 53-52 in front of a packed Osborne Center on Senior Day Saturday afternoon.
For the second time this season, Lake Erie gave No. 8 Findlay all it could handle, but came up just short once again in a 71-68 decision. The Storm (14-9, 9-6) had an opportunity to tie the game in the final seconds against the Oilers (20-3, 14-2), but a 3-point attempt came up just short.
An important stretch of the season starts Thursday as Lake Erie hosts No. 8 Findlay in G-MAC action. With the regular season winding down, both teams are battling for playoff positioning. The Storm (14-8, 9-5) are currently fifth in the conference and are fighting for a home playoff game in the G-MAC Tournament, while the Oilers (19-3, 13-2) are fighting for another league title and the right to host throughout.
Eleven different players found the scoring column with four starters reaching double-figures as Lake Erie handled Ohio Valley 93-64 in G-MAC play Saturday afternoon. The Storm (14-8, 9-5) also had their best night shooting with a 52.9 percent success rate against the Fighting Scots (8-13, 3-12).
Lake Erie looks to get back into the win column with a date against Ohio Valley tomorrow afternoon. The two teams met earlier this season as the Storm (13-8, 8-5) took an 84-69 decision over the Fighting Scots (8-12, 3-11).
Victory slipped through the hands of Lake Erie as it fell to Ohio Dominican by a score of 76-73 in the first of a four-game home stand. The Storm (13-8, 8-5) had the defending G-MAC Tournament champion Panthers (13-9, 9-6) on the ropes with a chance to tie at the end, but ODU forced a loose ball that no one could control until time ran out.
The Lake Erie men’s basketball team returns home after the longest road trip of the year for the final four home games of the regular season. First up is Ohio Dominican who enters at 12-9 overall and 8-6 in the G-MAC, while the Storm stands at 13-7 overall and 8-4 within the conference.
Lake Erie closes its longest road trip of the season tomorrow as it takes on Trevecca Nazarene in G-MAC action. The Storm (12-7, 7-4) enter the contest in fifth place in the conference and winners of six of the past seven while the Trojans (1-15, 1-10) are looking to snap a seven-game skid.
Lake Erie had its best shooting night of the season as it cruised to a 77-51 victory over Trevecca Nazarene at the Trojan Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon. The Storm (13-7, 8-4) shot 50.9 percent (29-of-57) en route to the blowout of the Trojans (1-16, 1-11).
The first day of the longest road trip of the season was a good one for Lake Erie as it pulled away late for a 72-63 victory over Kentucky Wesleyan. The Storm (12-7, 7-4) have now won six of their last seven and defeated the Panthers (7-11, 5-7) for the first time since the 2014-15 season.
After a lengthy layoff Lake Erie will be back in action tomorrow evening as it visits Kentucky Wesleyan to resume G-MAC competition. The Storm are 11-7 overall and 6-4 within the conference, while the Panthers are 7-10 and 5-6.
Winter Storm Harper may have hampered basketball from being played Saturday, but it was the Lake Erie Storm that raged on today with a 68-63 victory over Walsh. It was the fourth consecutive victory for the Storm (11-7, 6-4) over the Cavaliers (11-7, 6-4) dating back to last season’s three-game sweep.
Lake Erie looks to rebound from Thursday’s defeat in Saturday’s contest with another college from Stark County in Walsh University. The Storm are 10-7 overall and in the thick of the G-MAC standings with a 5-4 league mark. The Cavaliers are 11-6 overall and third in the conference with a 6-3 record.
Lake Erie’s four-game win streak was snapped at the hands of an upstart Malone team by a score 67-64 on Thursday evening. The loss dropped the Storm to 10-7 overall and 5-4 in the G-MAC, while the Pioneers upped their mark to 10-7 and 5-5 in the same categories.
On Thursday, Lake Erie College will take on Malone in Great Midwest Athletic Conference action in the fourth contest in a five-game home stand. The Storm (10-6, 5-3) are in the midst of a five-game win streak, while the Pioneers (9-7, 4-5) have won their last two.
A week after he scored a career-high 30 points and his 1,000th career point, Gabe Kynard has been named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week. The junior guard had averages of 25 points and eight rebounds per game while shooting 55.6 percent from the field in wins over Cedarville and Tiffin.
Double-doubles by both Gabe Kynard and Mitch Loomis helped Lake Erie defeat a gritty Tiffin team 78-66 to cap a perfect weekend on Saturday afternoon at the Osborne Center. It was just the second and third time player for the Storm (10-6, 5-3) has achieved the feat this season after Loomis did so back on November 29 against Alderson Broaddus.