2.16.13 MEN'S BASKETBALL: Cavs Tames Tiffin Dragons 88-70

Men's Basketball, 2013-02-16

(TIFFIN, Ohio) - Behind five players who scored in double-figures, Walsh avoided a second-half comeback by Tiffin to go on to win by a count of 88-70 in GLIAC action Saturday afternoon. The Cavaliers (16-6, 12-6) have now won three-straight games and move into second place in the South Division after Ashland defeated Hillsdale. The Dragons fall to 9-16 overall and 6-13 in the conference.

The first half was controlled almost entirely by the Cavaliers as they never trailed in the first 20 minutes. The Cavaliers were up by as many as 14 and were tied only once with the Dragons at 6-6. Walsh went into the locker room for halftime up 42-32. 

The Cavs nearly led from start to finish with the exception of a run midway through the second half by the Dragons. With Walsh up 55-48 with 13:14 to play in the game, Tiffin chipped away at the Cavs’ lead until a 3-pointer by Khaleal McCormick gave the Dragons their only lead at 60-59 with 8:48 to go.

Walsh was very quick to answer as the sharp-shooting Ryan Vanderhorst (Jr., 6-3, New Knoxville, OH/HS) nailed a 3-pointer of his own on an assist from Brad DuPont (Jr., 6-0, Massillon, OH/Jackson/Wheeling Jesuit) 19 seconds later to go back up 62-60. That sparked a 16-1 run over the next four minutes that put the game away for the Cavaliers. Vanderhorst’s bonus bomb was one of five on the game as he finished with 15 points on the day coming off the bench.

His mark was only bested by Kenny Kornowski’s (Sr., 6-9, Marshallville, OH/Smithville) game-high 24 points in another great performance. He was a rebound shy of recording a double-double. The Cavs’ center knocked down 9-of-14 from the field and missed only one of his seven free throws. Kornowski has now made 51-of-80 from the field in the month of February.

Jeff Copeland (So., 6-5, Toledo, OH/St. John’s Jesuit), DuPont, and Davonte Beard (So., 6-2, Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary/Siena) were the remaining three Cavaliers to also reach double-figures. Copeland pitched in 14 and was also a rebound shy of a double-double. DuPont tallied 13 and Beard scored 12.

Overall, Walsh was hot on the floor and made just under half (30-61) of its field goal attempts in the game. The Cavs shot 45.7 percent in the first half and 53.8 percent in the second.

The Cavaliers will now focus on their game with Findlay in a battle of the top two teams in the GLIAC’s South Division. The Oilers remain 1.5 games up on Walsh for first place with a 14.5 record. The two squads will tangle this on Thursday with tip-off slated for 6 p.m.