(MIAMI SHORES, Florida) – Florida can be known for its storms, and Lake Erie lived up to its nickname with a two-game sweep in the Sunshine State with an 84-79 victory over Barry Sunday afternoon. Five players scored in double-figures for the Storm (3-2) as they handed the Buccaneers (2-1) their first loss.
It was a back-and-forth, see-saw battle that saw neither team gain a lead larger than nine points. That came late in the game as Kevin Peterson (So., Cleveland, Ohio/Padua) helped create some separation with a pair of layups with 4:16 and 1:30 to go in the game. He finished with a team-high 16 points off the bench on 6-of-9 from the floor, including 4-of-6 from behind the arc.
"This afternoon's game felt like a high-level Februrary or March NCAA D2 game," said Head Coach Kyle Conley. "I am extremely proud of my team's effort and toughness. To come into a challenging environment and beat a Barry team that I expect to be an NCAA tournament team is something I hope continues to build our own confidence of the type of team we can be."
The Lake Erie bench played a big role as collectively it outscored Barry's subs 36-15 in the game. Jacob Plantz (Fr., Genoa, Ohio) also had a hot hand as he poured in 15 points on 6-of-11 from the field. Gabe Kynard (Sr., Toled, Ohio) also added 15 and recorded his second double-double of the season with 10 rebounds.
Barry kept shooting until the final buzzer, which resulted in a last-second triple, but the Green and White were clutch down the stretch with 9-of-11 free throws made in the final minute.
Erron James (Sr., Westervoilee, Ohio) added 13 points and Mitch Loomis (RS-Sr., Malvern, Ohio) dropped in 11 points to complete the double-figure quintet for the Storm. James also led the Storm with six assists for game-high honors.
The Buccaneers were led by Jake Kakar's 21 points on 8-of-17 from the field and Tylan Birts' double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. He finished the day 8-of-12 overall.
Lake Erie dominated the glass with a 46-34 margin.
The Storm returns to action on Saturday with a home game against Roberts Wesleyan. Tip-off with the Redhawks is set for 4 p.m.