12.17.12 MEN'S BASKETBALL: Cavs Drop Third Straight

Men's Basketball, 2012-12-17

(North Canton, OH) Walsh (5-3, 2-3) lost its third straight game, falling 63-59 to Saginaw Valley State University (5-2, 3-2) in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference game.  The loss gives the Cavs their first three-game losing streak since the 2004-05 season.  This is just  the second such streak under Head Coach Jeff Young, whose first full season was that 2004-05 when the Cavs won the NAIA D-ii National Championship.  The Cavs are idle until December 29, when they host Ohio Mid-Western College at 4 pm.

Things looked good for the Cavs as they built a 37-26 first half lead.  Walsh led by as many as 14 points (32-18) late in the half, as Kenny Kornowski (6-9, Sr., Marshallville, OH/Smithville) led the way with 12 first half points.  The Cavs held the Cardinals to just 33% from the floor on 8-24.

The Cavs kept the lead between five to nine points the first ten minutes of the second half and led 55-48 with 7:23 to play.  The Cardinals closed to within three points at 55-52 on a Mike Schaaf layup with 6:37 to play and then to one point at the 5:41 mark on a layup from Rob Clark.

The first tie of the second half came at the 4:32 mark when Jay Thames tied the game at 56 on an offensive rebound.  Kornowski then split free throws for the Cavs to give them a 57-56 lead with 3:15 left.

After Saginaw regained the lead at 58-57 on a Brett Beland jumper with 2:43 left, Walsh took its final lead at 59-58 on a Kornowski jumper with 2:13 to play.

Saginaw regained the lead for good (60-59) on two free throws from Kellen Smith with 1:59 to play. They would add a layup from Clark to lead 62-59 with 16 seconds left.  After Walsh’s Jesse Hardin (6-1, Fr., Warren, OH/Harding) missed on a drive to the basket with seven seconds to play, Clark added a free throw for the final margin.

Kornowski led all scorers with 25 points and had nine rebounds.  Jeff Copeland (6-5, So., Toledo, OH/St. John’s) was the only other Cavalier to reach double figures with 10 points off the bench.

Chris Webb led Saginaw with 19 points, with Clark adding 13 points and 10 rebounds.

The Cardinals outscored the Cavs 37-22 in the second half, as Walsh shot just 8-21 in the final 20 minutes.