Four players scored in double figures for the Lake Superior State men's basketball team, which defeated Lake Erie 67-62 Monday to record its first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference road victory of the season.
Junior guard Derek Billing scored 10 points and sophomore guard Alex Williams added eight to lead LSSU (4-4 overall, 2-3 GLIAC) to a 31-25 halftime lead. Despite shooting 50 percent from the field during the first half, Lake Erie (3-5 overall, 0-4 GLIAC) failed to reach double digits in scoring until the 7:47 mark of the opening half.
The Storm found their shooting touch and overtook LSSU late in the game, claiming a 50-48 lead with 8:29 remaining. They led by as many as seven points during the second half, but were held scoreless by the Laker defense during most of the last 5 1/2 minutes of the game.
LSSU's Derek Kinney scored eight points during an 11-0 run as the Lakers went ahead 61-57 with 23 seconds remaining. Billing, Jorddan Myrick and Tony Harris were a perfect 6-of-6 at the free throw line to protect LSSU's during the final seconds.
Kinney finished with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Billing added 16 points and five rebounds. Cameron Metz scored 14 points, and Williams finished with 10. Billing made 3-of-4 three-point attempts.
LSSU shot 47.5 percent from the field, including 6-of-12 from three point range, and made 23-of-28 free throws. LSSU out-rebounded Lake Erie, 27-23.
Rich Austin and Riley Thomas scored 20 points each to lead Lake Erie. The Storm shot 46.9 percent from the field, including 4-of-20 from behind the arc, and made 12-of-18 free throws.
The Lakers play at Ashland on Wednesday.