Storm men get buried late for road IIAC loss

by Billy Weathers

After going on a 20-6 run late in the second half, the Spartans were able to hold off the Storm and win Saturday 84-57.

The Storm got out to a quick start. They lead by as much as four early.

AJ Arrington had 11 in the first half going 5-9 from the field with three rebounds. Austin Hennings was able to grab nine boards in the first and contribute eight points to help the Storm stay competitive.

The Storm shot only 38.2 percent from the floor in the first and 33.3 from the behind the line. They struggled a bit in the paint with put backs and layups.

The Spartans lead at half 43-32 and seemed to have control early.

In the second half the Storm struggled from the field. Arrington and Olu Rotibi lead the team with six points. Turnovers became harmful late as the Spartans began to run away with it slowly.

The Spartans were able to capitalize off the Storm’s 16 turnovers.

The Storm shot 40.7 percent from the field in the second half going 11-27, while the Spartans shot 50 percent. They also struggled from the free throw line going 6-11, 54.5 percent. Arrington lead all scorers with 17.

This is the Storm’s fifth straight road loss.

They will look to turn it around quickly as the Storm host Coe on Monday at 8 p.m. The Kohawks (9-7, 2-3) are coming off a tough loss to Luther 60-57 on Saturday.