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Storm Sweep Sunshine State Games With Win vs. Barry

Storm Sweep Sunshine State Games With Win vs. Barry

(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.

"We had five guys in double-figures, but I really think the spark that two of our young guys, Kevin Peterson and Jacob Plantz, are giving off the bench is big for this team," added Conley.

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.