2.25.12 MEN'S BASKETBALL: Cavs Win Big on Anniversary Day
Men's Basketball, 2012-02-25
Before more than 1,500 fans Walsh (24-5) defeated Notre Dame (10-16) 78-59 on the day the Cavs’ celebrated its 50th anniversary of the program. With 37 of the top 50 players in program history on hand, the Cavs did not disappoint in their regular season finale. Walsh will be the second seed in the upcoming Ohio Independent Championships which begin on Tuesday night. The Cavs will receive a first-round bye and play in the semifinals at Cedarville University on Friday. The seeding for the tournament will be announced tomorrow. Cedarville gained the top seed by virtue of their win over Malone today.
Walsh shot 50% in the first half and led 38-28 at the break. The Cavs built two 14-point leads (30-16, 32-18), as Ron Kinney (6-7, Sr., Cleveland, OH/Rhodes), L. J. Sutton (6-7, Sr., Youngstown, OH/Cardinal Mooney) and Jeff Copeland (6-5, Fr., Toledo, OH/St. John’s Jesuit) led a balanced scoring attack with eight points apiece.
Walsh continued their outstanding shooting in the second half, connecting on 53% (16-30) and led by as many as 23 points with 7:19 to play. Sutton and Kinney, both playing in their final home game, stepped up with 18 and 15 points, respectively. Kinney shot 7-12 from the floor and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds, with Kinney hauling down six rebounds. Copeland was 7-11 off the bench and had five rebounds. Rian Burrell (6-3, Fr., Zanesville, OH/HS) added 15 points and Brad DuPont (6-0, So., Massillon, OH/Jackson/Wheeling Jesuit) had eight assists, seven rebounds and four steals.
At halftime the Cavs introduced the top 50 players of all time and the top ten games of all time. Thirty-seven of the 50 returned for the celebration, which concluded with a reception in the gym where almost all played their games, the old Alumni Arena. The top game of all time, as picked by the fans, was Jeremy Shardo’s three-pointer that lifted the Cavs into the NAIA National Championship game in 2010.