1.24.13 MEN'S BASKETBALL: Cavs Lose Heartbreaker to Findlay

Men's Basketball, 2013-01-24

(North Canton, OH) The University of Findlay (12-5, 9-4) denied the Cavs a chance to take over first place in the GLIAC South with a heart-stopping 67-65 win.  The loss drops the Cavs to 7-5 in the GLIAC South and to 11-5 overall.  The defeat also snapped the Cavs four-game winning streak. Walsh is back in action on Saturday, when they travel to Hillsdale College for a GLIAC game at 1 pm.  The game will be broadcast live on 95.9 FM WNPQ.

After coming back from double-digit deficits in the last three home games, it looked like the Cavs might do it again.  Walsh trailed 36-25 with 4:06 to play in the first half, before closing with a 8-4 run to trail 40-33 at the break.

The Cavs, and mainly Jeff Copeland (6-5, So., Toledo, OH/St. John's Jesuit), came out on fire to start the second half. Copeland scored the Cavs' first seven points, as Walsh tied the game at 44 and worked their way to 50-44 lead with 14:33 to play.

Walsh held the lead until the Oilers tied the game at 56 with 8:37 to play on two free throws from Brad Piehl.

There would be three more ties down the stretch, the last at 65 with 55 seconds to play when Copeland scored on a three-point play.  Findlay's Alphonso Baity then scored on a driving layup with 21 seconds to play to give the Oilers a 67-65 lead.

After Walsh was tied up in the corner, Findlay got the ball back and a chance to ice the game from the line.  But Aaron Robinson missed the front end of a one-and-one to give the Cavs one more chance.  Rian Burrell (6-3, So., Zanesville, OH/HS) missed a three and Kenny Kornowski (6-9, Sr., Marshallville, OH/Smithville) was knocked to the floor in the paint after a pass in the lane as time expired.

Copeland paced the Cavs with 18 points, 16 in the second half.  He was 8-11 from the floor.  Kornowski added 16 points and 8 rebounds.  Burrell scored 11 points.

The Cavs were only 9-15 from the line and committed 17 turnovers. 

Findlay was led by Piehl's 16 points.