2.1.14 MEN'S BASKETBALL: Cavs Rain Threes on Chargers
Men's Basketball, 2014-02-01
(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) Walsh (14-3, 10-3) connected on 15-23 three-pointers on their way to an 82-58 rout of Hillsdale College (13-5, 9-5) in a GLIAC South Division game at Alumni Arena. The Cavs remain one-half game ahead of second place Findlay, and now lead Hillsdale by a game and a half in the South. Walsh has no time to rest, as they host Malone University (9-9, 7-7) on Monday night as part of GLIAC Rivalry Week at 7:30 pm. The game will be broadcast live on WNPQ, 95.9 FM, and will be streamed live on TEAMLINE.
As they did on Thursday at Findlay, Walsh came out of the gate hot and built an early 18-9 lead in the first seven minutes. Hillsdale then answered with a 9-0 run to knot the game at 18-all. Walsh would then go on an 11-0 run to lead 29-18 with 6:35 to play in the half. Hillsdale closed to within eight points at 32-24 with 5:02 left, but Walsh would turn the motor on again and stretch the lead to 17 points at 44-27 with 1:16 left. The Cavs would take a 44-29 lead into the locker room. Walsh shot a blistering 63% from the floor on 17-27 in the first half, and 7-10 from three-point. Trey Fletcher (6-6, Fr., Ironton, OH/HS) came off the bench to score 11 points. Five different Cavs hit a shot from behind the arc in the first half, as Chall Montgomery (6-4, So., Cleveland, OH/Central Catholic/Naval Academy) and Devonte Beard (6-2, Jr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary/Siena) each went 2-2.
The Cavs came out blazing in the second half hitting their first seven shots to extend the lead to 62-39 with 14:05 to play. They would keep the lead above 20 points the remainder of the game, and held their largest lead at 35 points (82-47) with 5:40 to play.
The balanced Walsh attack produced five double figure scorers, with eight different players hitting a three-pointer. Hrvoje Vucic (7-1, Sr., Split, Croatia/Faust Vrancic/Valparaiso) led the Cavs with 16 points. Vucic was 6-8 from the floor and 2-2 from three-point. Fletcher finished with 14 points on 6-8 from the field, and Montgomery 13 points on 5-7 field goals. Jesse Hardin (6-1, So., Warren, OH/Harding) hit 5-7 fielders and 2-3 from three-point to finish with 12 points, and Brad DuPont (6-0, Sr., Massillon, OH/Jackson/Wheeling Jesuit) had 11 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. DuPont was 3-5 from three-point.
Walsh shot 59% (32-54) for the game, and 65% from three-point land on 15-23.
The Cavs have won nine of their last ten games.
Hillsdale’s Tim Dezelski led all scorers with 21 points.