1.1.13 MEN'S BASKETBALL: Cavs Off to Michigan

Men's Basketball, 2013-01-01

Walsh (6-3, 2-3) looks to snap a three-game GLIAC losing streak when they take to the floor at Grand Valley State University (8-2, 5-1) on Thursday night (6 pm).   After the trip to Allendale, Michigan on Thursday, the Cavs travel to Big Rapids to tangle with Ferris State University on Saturday at 1 pm.  Both games can be heard live on 95.9, The Light, WNPQ.  The game is also being streamed live on http://www.thelight959.com/.

Grand Valley plays in the North Division of the GLIAC and are hosting the Cavs for the fist time.  They are coming off a 64-60 loss to Ashland University on December 17. 

Walsh snapped their first three-game losing streak since the 2004-05 season when they thrashed Ohio Mid-Western College 98-61 at Alumni Arena on Saturday.  Kenny Kornowski (6-9, Sr., Marshallville, OH/Smithville) hit 14-15 free throws and finished the afternoon with a game-high 26 points.  Kornowski was 6-9 from the floor. He also grabbed seven rebounds.  Kornowski has now scored 918 career points.

Rian Burrell (6-3, So., Zanesville, OH/HS) returned to the starting line-up and scored 19 points to go with seven rebounds.  Jeff Copeland (6-5, So., Toledo, OH/St. John's Jesuit) made his second start of the season and scored 14 points.  He was 6-6 from the line.  Walsh hit 27-29 as a team from the stripe.  Brad DuPont (6-0, Jr., Massillon, OH/Jackson) came off the Cavs' bench and scored 10 points, handed out five assists and had five steals.

The defensive minded Lakers are allowing 56.7 points per contest.  On the offensive side, Ryan Sabin (6-4, So.) leads the team in scoring at 11.7 ppg.  Tyrone Lee (6-8, Sr.) is averaging 10.3 points and 5.7 rebounds and Breland Hogan (6-1, Sr.) is averaging 10.5 points. Hogan pumped in 23 points in the loss to Ashland. 

Grand Valley is shooting 50% from the field and 40% from three-point. 

The Lakers were 14-13 overall last year and 10-9 in the GLIAC, good for a fourth place finish.   They are currently tied with Michigan Tech for second place in the North.  Wayne State leads the North at 5-0.

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