(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – 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.
Riggs previously hit the mark at Findlay when he was 7-of-13 overall with five 3-pointers. Tonight he was 6-of-10 from distance and added a free throw for the total. Overall the Storm was excellent behind the arc as they were 10-of-22 for the night.
The Storm were in the thick of it for most of the game until the Cavaliers pulled away late. Lake Erie made its big run in the middle of the second half with 10 consecutive points to tie the game at 43-43. Lamont Rhodes sparked the rally with a layup which was followed in similar fashion by an Erron James bucket. Rhodes followed with a close jumper before Brogan Scott capped it with two scores.
However the Cavaliers went on a small run of their own with the next three baskets. The Storm were able to cut the deficit back to one on a few occasions but couldn't even Walsh the rest of the way.
Scott joined Riggs in double-figures with 12 points with a pair of 3-pointers and was two rebounds shy of a double-double. Gabe Kynard added 10 and pulled down seven caroms himself.
JT Shumate led a quartet of Walsh players with 21 points.
The Storm will finish the regular season at Malone on Saturday afternoon with a 3 p.m. tip-off. The postseason will begin on Tuesday and will see Lake Erie likely head to Hillsdale for the G-MAC Tournament quarterfinal game.