12.12.13 Despite Career Night from Vucic, Cavs Fall in OT to Northwood

Men's Basketball, 2013-12-12

(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) Walsh (5-1, 2-1) let a 19-point second half lead slip away, and lost 91-88 in overtime to Northwood University (7-2, 3-0) in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game at Alumni Arena tonight. The loss was the first of the season for the Cavs, who host Lake Superior State on Saturday at 3 pm in a GLIAC contest.  The game will be broadcast live on WNPQ, 95.9 FM.

Davonte Beard (6-2, Jr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary/Siena) and Jeff Copeland (6-5, Jr., Toledo, OH/St. John’s Jesuit) scored 10 first half points each as the Cavs led 41-29 at the break. The only tie of the half was at 2-2, as Walsh led by as many as 14 points in the first 20 minutes.

It looked like the Cavs would run away from the Timberwolves early in the second half when they extended the lead to 19 points at 53-34 with 15:24 to play, as they opened the half on a 13-run.

Behind the hot hand of Wes Wilcox, Northern climbed back into the game, but still trailed 67-43 with 8:47 to play.

Darvin Ham and Wilcox then scored 14 of Northwood’s next 17 points, as they cut the lead to seven points at 67-60 with 6:19 to play.

The game would remain tight the rest of the way, as Northwood trimmed the lead to 69-66 on a Dylan Langkabel three with 4:35 left.

On five straight points from Hrvoje Vucic (7-1, Sr., Split, Croatia/Faust Vrancic/Valparaiso), Walsh pushed the lead back to eight points at 74-66 with 3:02 to play. Walsh would lead 76-70 with 49 seconds left when things began to unravel. The Cavs missed two big free throws down the stretch, and Northwood took full advantage.

Walsh led 78-73 on two Jesse Hardin (6-1, So., Warren, OH/Harding) free throws with 34 seconds to play, when Khalid King nailed a three to pull the Timberwolves to with two points at 78-76 with 28 seconds left.

Walsh then suffered a costly sideline turnover with 17 seconds left, and Northwood tied the game when Ham scored on a layup with 11 seconds left. Hardin then missed a long three, and game went into overtime.

Northwood won the overtime tip and took their first lead of the game on two Wes Wilcox free throws at 80-78. Walsh answered and regained the lead on a Davonte Beard at 81-80 with 3:46 left.

With the game tied at 81, Vucic hit a three-ball to put Walsh up 84-81 with 3:03 left. Ham then came right back with a three of his own to knot the game at 84 with 2:28 to play.

Walsh took its final lead on two Beard free throws at 86-84 with 2:06 left, but watched as Northwood scored seven of the nine points to escape with a 91-88 win.

Will Bowles scored four straight points to give Northwood an 88-86 lead and Langkabel two free throws as they led 90-86 with 23 seconds left. Jesse Hardin drove for a layup for Walsh final two points.

Walsh had one more chance down 91-88, but a three from the corner as time expired.

Hrvoje Vucic had a career-night for the Cavs with 25 points and 15 rebounds, both career highs. Beard added 16 points; Hardin 14 and Brad DuPont had 11 points, 12 assists and 9 rebounds. Copeland added 10 points and seven rebounds.

Wes Wilcox led all scorers with 31 points, with 27 points coming in the second half and overtime. He had but four points at the half. Darvin Ham added 25 points and 8 rebounds. Wilcox had 12 rebounds.

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