1.2.14 MEN'S BASKETBALL: Cavs Fiery First Half Leads To Win at Wayne State

Men's Basketball, 2014-01-02

(DETROIT) - Cold weather and a later start didn’t affect Walsh too much as the visitors led from start to finish in a 77-62 at Wayne State Thursday evening. Tip-off between the Cavaliers (7-2, 3-2) and the Warriors (5-3, 3-1) didn’t start at the original 7:30 start time after the team bus arrived late due to inclement weather.

While every place in the regional area was seemingly snowed on, a fire was proverbially lit by the Cavaliers in the Matthaei Center in the first half. The Maroon and Gold drained 18-of-25 from the field which included 9-of-14 from behind the arc.

It took only 4:30 into the game to build a double-digit lead as Jesse Hardin (So., 6-1, Warren, OH/Harding) nailed a 3-pointer to make with 15-3. The Cavs kept rolling from there and eventually took a 21-point lead after a layup by Jeff Copeland (Jr., 6-5, Toledo, OH/St. John’s Jesuit) with 6:13 remaining in the first half. By halftime, it was 49-28.

Walsh eventually built a 26-point lead after Davonte Beard (Jr., 6-2, Akron, OH/SVSM/Siena) made a layup to put the score at 56-30, but Wayne State followed up with 17-4 run to cut the deficit in half. It was the closest the Warriors would get the rest of the way.

Hardin finished the night with 22 points on 7-of-10 from the field with four 3-pointers. Hrvoje Vucic (Sr., 7-1, Split, Croatia/Faust Vrancic/Valparaiso) scored 21 points with three 3-pointers. Both players had 17 points in the first half. 

Walsh finished the night with 54 percent of its shots made from the field. The Cavs also controlled the boards and out-rebounded the Warriors 37-29.

Walsh will stay in Michigan and take on Saginaw Valley State on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.

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