1.10.13 MEN'S BASKETBALL: Cavs Ground Eagles

Men's Basketball, 2013-01-10

Walsh improved to 8-4 overall and evened their record in the Great Lakers Intercollegiate Athletic Conference at 4-4, with a 74-66 win over Ashland University (4-8, 2-7) at Alumni Arena tonight.  The win snapped a modest one-game losing streak for the Cavs and was the third straight loss for the Eagles.  Walsh returns to the floor on Saturday, when they host GLIAC foe Lake Erie College at 1 pm.  The game will be broadcast live on 95.9 WNPQ and streamed live on TEAMLINE. The first 300 Walsh students with an ID will receive a free white t-shirt Saturday’s game.

Walsh trailed by four points early in the first half (8-4), but rallied and led 31-26 at the half.  Rian Burrell (6-3, so., Zanesville, OH/HS) had 9 first half points and was aided by 8 from Brad DuPont (6-0, Jr., Massillon, OH/Jackson) off the bench and 7 from Kenny Kornowski (6-9, Sr., Marshallville, Oh/Smithville).

Ryan Vanderhorst (6-3, Jr., New Knoxville, OH/HS) hit a three to open the second half to open up an eight-point lead at 34-26.  But behind the strong post play of Ashland's Evan Yates, the Eagles got back into the ballgame in a hurry.  Ashland would tie the game at 35, the first of eight second half ties. 

The Eagles would take their first lead of the half at 46-44 with 11:29 to play.  They would build the lead to seven points at 51-44 with 9:28 left.

Walsh rallied and tied the game at 57 with 5:24 to play on a layup from Jordan Walker (6-6, Jr., South Holland, IL/Seton Academy/Midland CC). There would be one more tie at 59 with 5:06 to play. The Cavs took the lead for good at 61-59 on a Jeff Copeland (6-5, So., Toledo, OH/St. John’s Jesuit) layup with 4:08 left.  Ashland cut the lead to 62-61 with 3:26 to play, but would get no closer.

The Cavs outscored the Eagles 8-2 in the final 2:15.

Burrell led Walsh with 18 points on 6-11 from the field.  Kornowski added 14 points and 7 rebounds.  Brad DuPont added 10 points and 6 rebounds off the bench and Copeland scored 10 points and had 5 rebounds.

Ashland's Evan Yates led all scorers with 26 points on 11-18 from the floor.