2.7.12 MEN'S BASKETBALL: Kinney Nets Career-High 35 in 115-78 Rout of Point Park

Men's Basketball, 2012-02-07

Ron Kinney (6-7, Sr., Cleveland, OH/Rhodes) scored a career high 35 points in Walsh’s 115-78 American Mideast Conference rout of Point Park University (11-10, 5-5) tonight.  Kinney’s 35-point outburst is a record in the new Alumni Arena, breaking the mark of 33 set by Ricky Jackson against Shawnee State in 2009-10.  The win was the 20th of the season for Walsh (20-4, 8-2), marking the eighth straight year that the Cavs have reached the 20-win plateau under Jeff Young.  It also marked the 23rd time in school history that the Cavs have won at least 20 games in a single season.  With the win, Walsh is now deadlocked with Daemen College for first place in the AMC.  The Cavs are idle until Saturday, when they travel to Cedarville University for a 4 pm game.  The game will be broadcast live on NewsTalk 640 AM WHLO.

Walsh led from start-to-finish in scoring over 100 points for the third consecutive game.   The Cavs held Point Park to just 11 field goals (11-47) in the first half in building a 57-32 halftime lead.  Kinney scored 21 first half points on 7-12 from the floor.  The Cavs held T. J. Heatherington, the NAIA’s leading scorer, to six points in the first half on 1-10 from the floor.  He finished the game with 11 points, 14 points under his average, on 2-16 from the field.  Cameron Mitchell (6-4, So., Cincinnati, OH/Taft) added 13 points in the first 20 minutes on 5-8 from the field and 3-3 from three-point.

The second half was all Walsh as well, as they scored 58 points and led by as many as 40 points.  The Cavs shot 59% (23-39) in the half and 54% for the night.

Kinney finished the night 13-21 from the field, 5-8 from three-point and 4-5 from the line in the record setting performance.  Four other Cavaliers reached double figures, as Mitchell added 20 points and 8 rebounds.  He was 7-10 from the floor and 3-3 from three-point.  Rian Burrell (6-3, Fr., Zanesville, OH/HS) was solid with 18 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds.  Brad DuPont (6-0, So., Massillon, OH/Jackson/Wheeling Jesuit) and L. J. Sutton (6-7, Sr., Youngstown, OH/Cardinal Mooney) each scored 14 points.  DuPont handed out 7 assists and had 8 rebounds, while Sutton grabbed 8 rebounds.  Each returned to the line-up after missing Saturday’s game with Akron-Wayne.  Jeff Copeland (6-5, Fr., Toledo, OH/St. John’s Jesuit) turned his second straight double digit rebound game with 10.

Point Park was led by Asa Braxton’s 19 points off the bench.  The Cavs held Point Park to 24-83 from the floor and 8-29 from three-point.