(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) – Kyle Conley, now in his fourth season as head coach of the Lake Erie men's basketball team, announced the 2019-20 schedule Friday. The Storm will take on a competitive slate that features with 10 non-conference games, six contests against teams against playoff teams, and 18 G-MAC games.
All home and conference games will be broadcast on the Great Midwest Digital Network. The channel can also be downloaded on Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, and Amazon Fire TV free of charge. Admission to games will cost $5 with Lake Erie College students, staff and faculty allowed in free with their LEC Storm ID card.
The Storm will fast a test right out of the gate as they make the trip down I-71 to take on Ashland in the season opener. After qualifying for the NCAA tournament a year ago, the Eagles will play Lake Erie in the season opener a third consecutive season. From there, the Green and White will play Wayne State (Mich.) and Wright State-Lake for the first two home games.
"Our 10 game non-conference schedule will test us from game one as I expect Ashland to be nationally ranked in most pre-season polls," said Coach Conley. "We built a difficult non-conference schedule knowing that we need to play NCAA regional tournament-caliber teams on the road to prepare ourselves for the grueling G-MAC schedule that is ahead of us."
After taking on Wright State-Lake, the Storm will fly south to Florida for a pair of games against Rollins and Barry.
"We've taken two trips to Florida and a trip to Texas during my time at Lake Erie. I am excited to have the opportunity to take this group to Florida in November," continued Conley. "We like to give our guys opportunities to experience a different part of the country. This trip will certainly not be a vacation. We are going down there to be playing two of the premier teams in the Sunshine State Conference in Rollins and Barry on their home courts."
After returning home the Storm will host Roberts Wesleyan for the final home game before Thanksgiving break and follow with a pair of games against PSAC members Clarion and Edinboro before G-MAC competition starts in December.
Lake Erie will start conference competition at Cedarville on Thursday, Dec. 5, before heading to North Canton to take on Walsh that Saturday. The rest of December will be friendly for the Storm with four games at home to close the calendar year. Ohio Valley and Alderson Broaddus will visit the Osborne Center the next week before another tournament qualifier out of the East Region comes to Painesville on Friday, Dec. 20. The final non-conference game of the season then takes place on New Year's Eve against Thiel.
"I expect the conference to be incredibly competitive top to bottom this coming season," Conley added. "A majority of our league's top players return and many G-MAC teams will be veteran groups. Top to bottom I see G-MAC men's basketball being as strong as it has ever been. We must make sure we are always ready to play, all 18 league games will be tough."
Road trips to Findlay, another tournament team from last year, and Hillsdale follow before three home games against Malone, Ohio Dominican and Tiffin. A road trip to Trevecca Nazarene is sandwiched between the home-and-away series against Kentucky Wesleyan before wrapping up the regular season with second games against Ohio Dominican, Tiffin, Cedarville, Findlay, Malone and Walsh. The Saturday, Feb. 29, contest against the Cavaliers will serve as Senior Day.