2.27.13 MEN'S BASKETBALL: Kornowski's 31 Points Power Cavs Past GLIAC North Leader Wayne State

Men's Basketball, 2013-02-27

(North Canton, OH) Kenny Kornowski (6-9, Sr., Marshallville, OH/Smithville) scored a game-high 31 points to lead the Cavs (17-8, 13-8) past GLIAC North Division leader Wayne State University (17-7, 16-5) 81-78 at Alumni Arena.  The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Cavs. Walsh will close the season at home on Saturday, when they meet rival Malone University in the 49th Annual Mayor’s Cup game. Walsh can retire the Cup for a record sixth time with a win. The 1 pm game will be broadcast live on 95.9 WNPQ FM and will televised on tape delay on Time Warner channel 989 and MCTV 128 at 11 pm and then on Sunday at 1 pm.

After trailing early at 4-0 and 6-5, Walsh led most the first half and took a 40-36 lead into the locker room. The Cavs led by as many as seven points (22-15), and were paced by Rian Burrell’s (6-3, So., Zanesville, OH/HS) 12 first half points on 5-6 from the floor and 2-3 from behind the arc.   Jeff Copeland’s (6-5, So., Toledo, OH/St. John’s Jesuit) added 9 points and Kornowski 8.  Wayne State’s Jeff Hollingsworth kept the visitors close with 13 first half markers.

Walsh held numerous seven point leads in the second half, when five-point play increased the Walsh lead to 10 points at 58-48 with 13:19 to play. The Warriors’ Jamar Ragland was called for an intentional foul as Copeland scored on layup to start the run. After Copeland split two free throws, Kornowski scored on a jumper to give the Cavs their largest lead of the game.

Wayne State would rally and cut the lead to four points at the 11:10 mark, and again (69-55) at the 7:44 mark. The Warriors then would trim the lead to two points, and to one point at 72-71 with 5:11 to play, but would never overtake the Cavs.

Walsh led by five points (76-71) with 3:00 to play, but WSU then closed to within two points (77-75) with one minute to play and to one point (79-78) with 13 seconds to play. Kornowski, who scored eight of Walsh’s final nine points, hit two free throws to give Walsh an 81-78 lead with nine seconds to play.

The Warriors advanced the ball into the front court, but Hollingsworth’s three-pointer failed as time expired.

Kornowski scored 23 of his 31 points in the second half and finished the game 11-17 from the floor, to go with a a game-high 11 rebounds. Copeland added 19 points and Burrell 17, as the threesome combined for 67 of Walsh’s 81 points.

Wayne State placed six players in double figures and was led by Hollingsworth’s 26-point effort.

The Cavs out rebounded the Warriors 33-29 and shot 56% from the floor on 29-52. WSU shot 51% on 6-65.