(FINDLAY, Ohio) – Lake Erie was edged out in a close contest 76-74 at Findlay in Croy Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon to close out G-MAC play for the month of December. The Storm are now even at 6-6 overall and 3-3 within the conference, while the Oilers improved to 9-1 overall and 4-1 in the G-MAC.
The Storm received an impressive contribution from Harrison Riggs who was on fire with a career-best 19 points. He was 7-of-13 overall from the field with the bulk of the attempts taken from behind the arc. He was 5-of-8 alone from the bonus range.
The outside shot helped the Green and White gain momentum throughout various moments of the game. In total, the Storm drained 12-of-27 triples for a new season-best.
Gabe Kynard added three himself en route to 17 points. Two other Storm players reached double-figures as Brogan Scott and Lamont Rhodes both added 10. Rhodes was a force throughout as he was a rebound shy of a double-double and contributed three of Lake Erie's six blocks.
Findlay proved to be too much, however, as the Oilers fought back in the second half to escape with the win. Trey Smith led all scorers with 25 points with four 3-pointers. He achieved double-figures at the foul line alone where he made 11-of-12 in the game. Anthony Masterlasco also dropped in 20 and was 8-of-11 from the floor.
Head Coach Kyle Conley's crew now gets a bit of a break before the next contest when the Storm heads to Shawnee State on New Year's Eve. Tip-off with the Bears is set for 3:30 p.m. in Portsmouth, Ohio.