COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite a trio of players in double digits, the Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team couldn't overcome a scoring drought of nearly eight minutes in the second half, which featured a 14-0 run by Lake Erie and the Panthers fell to the Storm 69-50 on Saturday afternoon in Alumni Hall.
The Storm (6-11, 3-10 GLIAC) opened the game by scoring the first seven points, but the Panthers responded with a three ball by senior point guard Morgan Jones (Oberlin, Ohio) and a basket by freshman center Jordan Cowgill (Worthington, Ohio) to climb within three at 8-5.
A tip-in by Cowgill cut the deficit to 8-7 and helped fuel a run of 13-4, which gave an 18-12 lead.
The Panthers (4-15, 1-13 GLIAC) extended their lead to 10, 28-18, with just under three minutes to play in the frame. However, the Storm would not be deterred, and went on a 6-2 run to end the first half down by six.
The Panthers netted 11-of-26 baskets from the field in the first half (42.3 percent), including 3-of-9 from behind the arc (33.3 percent). Senior forward John Trew's (Barberton, Ohio) 10 points paced the scoring, while Riley Thomas led the Storm with 15 counters.
ODU held the lead in the second half until the 13:14 mark when Lake Erie's Andy Bosley hit a deep three to knot the score 40-40.
From there, it was all Storm basketball, and while the Panthers went cold, the Storm padded their lead. Sophomore forward Brock Ammons (Findlay, Ohio) finally got the Panthers back on the board with a lay-up after an assist from fellow classmate Bobby Stauffer (Lexington, Ky), but by that time, Lake Erie had built an 12 point cushion 54-42.
Lake Erie would hit another surge to close out the remainder of the half, going on a 15-8 run to win by a margin of 19.
Trew finished the game with 10 points, three rebounds and two blocks while senior point guard Jones finished with 10 points and six assists. Ammons totaled 10 points.
Ohio Dominican returns to the hardwood next Saturday, Feb. 2 as they travel to Tiffin, Ohio for a 1 p.m. South Division conference match up against Tiffin University