11.29.12 MEN'S BASKETBALL: Cavs Rally to Down Wildcats in GLIAC Opener

Men's Basketball, 2012-11-29

Walsh (4-0, 1-0) rallied from an 11-point second half deficit to defeat Northern Michigan University (1-3, 0-1) 75-68 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference opener for both teams.  The Cavs host Michigan Tech on Saturday at 1 pm. The game will be broadcast live on 95.5 WNPQ and be televised live on TEAMLINE.

Walsh shot only 35% (9-26), and turned the ball over nine times in the first half and trailed 34-24 at the break.  After trimming the Wildcat lead to four points in the first two minutes of the second half, NMU built the lead back to 45-34 with 13:57 to play.  It was the Wildcats largest lead of the game.

Walsh would slice the Wildcats lead to a single point twice (45-44, 52-51), before taking their first lead of the second half at 54-52 on a Ryan Vanderhorst (6-3, Jr., New Knoxville, OH/HS) three-pointer with 6:13 to play. The Cavs would not relinquish the lead from this point on.  Brad DuPont (6-0, Jr., Massillon, OH/Jackson) and Jeff Copeland (6-5, So., Toledo, OH/St. John’s Jesuit) scored back-to-back hoops to give Walsh a 58-52 lead with 5:09 to play. 

NMU would trim the lead to 58-56 at the 4:12 mark, before DuPont answered with a three to give the Cavs a 61-56 advantage with 4:03 left. DuPont scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half.

Jesse Hardin (6-1, Fr., Warren, OH/Harding) provided the Cavs with a spark off the bench the entire night and finished with 15 points.  After Northern cut the lead to 61-58, Hardin answered with a jumper to push the lead back to five (63-58) with 3:24 to play.  He would also add two free throws, as Walsh went six for six from the line in the final 1:30 to ice their first GLIAC win.

Walsh received a double-double from Hrvoje Vucic (7-1, Jr., Split, Croatia/Faust Vrancic/Valparaiso), as he scored 10 points to go with 10 rebounds.  Kenny Kornowski (6-9, Sr., Marshallville, OH/Smithville) had 12 points and seven rebounds before fouling out.  Copeland had eight points and eight rebounds after starting for Rian Burrell (6-3, So., Zanesville, OH/HS), who missed the game due to injury.

After turning the ball over nine times in the first half, the Cavs committed just four turnovers in the second half and shot 53% from the floor in the second half.

NMU placed five players in double figures and were led by Quinten Calloway’s 15 points.