PAINESVILLE - Tiffin coach John Hill made some adjustments to his starting lineup Thursday night, inserting freshman Khaleal McCormick.
McCormick replaced Mike Boan, but Boan came up with a nice game off the bench as the Dragons defeated Lake Erie, 71-59.
Joe Graessle had his usual outstanding offensive game, putting up 28 points as the Dragons were able to pull away from the Storm in the final minutes.
Freshman Jonathan Sutherlin added 12 points and five rebounds for the Dragons, who improved to 10-16, 7-13 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
McCormick added eight points, four rebounds and three assists.
The Storm (7-17, 4-15) was led by Jamil Dudley, who came off the bench and scored 13 points.
Cold first half freezes Dragons
PAINSVILLE - Tiffin University's women's basketball team was unable to overcome a sluggish first half that saw it score only 13 points in a 50-43 loss at Lake Erie.
The Storm came in with only a 3-19 record, and were just 1-18 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. But they charged out to a 25-13 halftime lead after Tiffin shot just 5 of 30 from the floor (16.7 percent).
"I just felt we didn't come ready to play," said TU coach Pam Oswald, whose team slipped to 11-13, 8-11. "Our young kids haven't been able to take this show on the road an be able to show up."
The Dragons rallied in the second half. When Jessica Harris connected on a layup with 4:29 left in regulation, it capped an 11-4 TU run, and the Dragons trailed just 42-40.
But Tiffin managed just three points the rest of regulation.
Chrissy Delaney and Skylar Hebert led the Storm with 10 points each. Tiffin was led by Harris, who had 13 points and 15 rebounds.
The Dragons were just 2 of 11 from 3-point range.
"Our outside shooting wasn't there tonight," Oswald said.
The Dragons will play their final home game Saturday when they host No. 3 Ashland.
Jordan Fraley, who has been out with an injury, returned, scoring one point in five minutes.