PAINESVILLE, Ohio – Despite shooting 54 percent from the floor, Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team suffered a 97-84 loss at Lake Erie on Saturday afternoon in GLIAC play.
The Storm shot 59 percent themselves and used a decisive 10-0 run late to take the win.
Senior Chad Nelson (Columbus, Ohio) led ODU with 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting, while classmate Trent Weaver (Columbus, Ohio) finished with 19 and eight rebounds. Sophomore Adam Cytlak (Van Buren, Ohio) chipped in with 14 points, hitting four triples, and sophomore Ronnie Williams (Columbus, Ohio) was also in double figures with 10 points.
Trailing 49-35 early in the second half, Nelson made consecutive driving layups and Cytlak sank a corner three to bring the Panthers within 49-42.
Lake Erie (8-12, 5-9 GLIAC) bumped its lead back to double figures, but the Panthers (7-13, 4-10 GLIAC) scored 12 points on four consecutive possessions to draw even at 62. Williams sank a three, sophomore Shemar Waugh (Columbus, Ohio) converted on a three point play, and Nelson buried a triple on an inbounds pass to bring ODU within 60-59. Nelson then sank another three to level the score at 62 with 11:55 left.
Tied at 68, LEC scored nine straight to go in front 77-68 with 7:19 to play. The Panthers made one more push, drawing within 79-76 on a triple by Cytlak, but the Storm buried consecutive three pointers as part of a 10-0 run to take control of the game.
The Panthers made 27-of-50 shots from the field and went 16-of-27 (59.3 percent) in the second half, but Lake Erie countered with 36-of-61 shooting overall, including a remarkable 19-of-29 (65.5 percent) in the final 20 minutes. LEC also committed just five turnovers.
In the first half, the Panthers used an 8-0 run to take their biggest lead of the game, 18-12. Freshman Michael Simon (Hilliard, Ohio) drilled a three and sophomore Waugh and Williams made five free throws during that spurt, but the rest of the half was controlled by Lake Erie.
The Storm went on a 10-2 run to draw even, and a later 12-2 run helped give the hosts a 44-34 edge at the break. Lake Erie shot 53.1 percent in the half, hitting six threes.
Ohio Dominican hosts Tiffin at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Alumni Hall.
Contact: Scott Miles