1.26.13 MEN'S BASKETBALL: Cavs Show Guts, Take Glory in Comeback at Hillsdale

Men's Basketball, 2013-01-26

Walsh made a comeback that won’t be soon forgotten as the Cavaliers came back from 18 points down in the second half to defeat Hillsdale 75-73. The win improves the Cavaliers’ record to 12-5 overall and 8-5 in the GLIAC South, giving them sole possession of second place. The Chargers fall to 13-5 overall and a half-game behind Walsh at 8-6 in the conference.

The comeback came in dramatic fashion as Jeff Copeland (So., 6-5, Toledo, OH/St. John’s Jesuit) scored on a layup with five seconds left to put the Cavs’ up 74-73. He was fouled on the play and converted the resulting free-throw. Hillsdale wasn’t able to get a shot off in the final seconds.

The lead was Walsh’s first since 8-7 with 17:12 to go in the first half. Hillsdale then took the lead and held it until Copeland’s layup. At one point, the Chargers led 46-28 with 17 minutes left in the game. Hillsdale led 37-25 at halftime.

Hillsdale last held a double-digit lead at 71-61 following a jumper by Tim Dezelski with 3:10 left in the game. It was the Chargers’ final made field goal. The Cavaliers responded in a big way with a pair of 3-pointers by Rian B urrell (So., 6-3, Zanesville, OH/HS) and Jeff Copeland. It was a part of a 14-2 run that saw the Cavs convert on their final six field goals.

Copeland scored a game-high 24 points, 20 in the second half, after making 10-of-15 from the field. Burrell also exploded for 20 points, hitting on 9-11 from the stripe.

Walsh will now set its sights on neighboring Malone for rivalry week. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday. The game will be broadcast on 95.9 FM WNPQ.