12.29.11 MEN's BASKETBALL: Ryerson Dumps Cavs; Kornowski Hurt

Men's Basketball, 2011-12-29

(Toronto, Canada) Walsh's (10-2) second loss of the season proved to be a costly one in Toronto tonight at the Ryerson University Invitational. Not only did the Cavs lose 75-71 to host Ryerson University (10-12) 75-71, but they may have lost leading scorer Kenny Kornowski (6-9, Jr., Marshallville, OH/Smithville) due to a knee injury suffered in the first three minutes of the game. Kornowski, averaging 19.7 points and 9.5 rebounds, went down after hitting two of his first three shots.

Despite the loss of Kornowski, the Cavs led 37-29 at the half. Walsh quickly extended the lead to 11 points at 40-29 on a three-pointer from Brad DuPont (6-0, So., Massillon, OH/Jackson/Wheeling Jesuit) to open the second half. It was here that the Rams clawed their way back into the contest.

Ryerson went on a 8-0 run to cut the led to three points at 40-37. Walsh would extend the lead back to seven points at 46-39 on a Ryan Vanderhorst (6-3, So., New Knoxville, OH/HS) (pictured left) three-pointer at the 14:27 mark. It would be Walsh's largest lead the rest of the way.

The Rams rallied and pulled to within two points at 51-49, and then tied the game at 51 at 11:04. The Rams took their first lead of the second half on a Jahmal Jones layup at 54-53 with 9:58 left.

Walsh regained the lead at 54-53 on a Rian Burrell (6-3, Fr., Zanesville, OH/HS) three at 60-58 with 7:17 remaining. Walsh would extend the lead to 62-58 on a DuPont hoop at 6:22, and also led by four at 64-60 on a jumper by Ron Kinney (6-7, Sr., Cleveland, OH/Rhodes) at 5:25.

Walsh held the lead until a Luke Stansicia layup put Ryerson ahead 70-69. Walsh trailed 72-69 when Burrell scored to pull the Cavs to within one point at 72-71 in the final minute. It would be as close as the Cavs would come.

Ryan Vandershorst came off the Cavs bench and led the scoring with a career-high 18 points. He was 6-7 from three-point. Kinney added 16 points and seven rebounds and DuPont 10 points and six assists.

After shooting 47% in the first half, the Cavs shot only 38% in the second half and 43% for the night. Ryerson shot 41% in the first half, but scorched the nets at 64% (16-25) in the second half.