2.7.13 MEN'S BASKETBALL: Cavs Nearly Come Back Before Ashland Pulls Away

Men's Basketball, 2013-02-07

(Ashland, Ohio) - Coming back from double-digit deficits has become somewhat of a trend for Walsh as of late, but the Cavaliers could not pull off the feat tonight as Ashland won 88-78. The Eagles (8-11, 6-10) led for almost the entire game, and while the Cavs (13-6, 9-6) were in a similar situation, Ashland was able to pull away during the last 10 minutes of the game.

Walsh started the game on the right foot and made its first three shots to take a 6-2 lead. The Eagles answered with scores on their next two possessions for a 7-6 lead and never trailed again. The Cavaliers stayed close for most of the first half, but Ashland went on a 9-2 run with 3:51 left in the first half to go up 33-22. The Eagles led 37-26 at the break.

The Cavs have been faced with similar circumstances in past games, and sure enough they made a move in the second half. Down 14 with 14:50 to go, Brad DuPont (Jr., 6-0, Massillon, OH/Jackson/Wheeling Jesuit) hit a 3-pointer that jump-started a 17-4 run. A layup coupled with a free throw by Jeff Copeland (So., 6-5, Toledo, OH/St. John’s Jesuit) capped the run to make the score 55-54 with 9:33 to go. Unfortunately for the Maroon and Gold, that was the closest they could get. Ashland scored the next eight points of the game and held a steady lead until the clock ran out.

Ashland had the shooter’s touch and made 55 percent of its shots from the field. That included a 58-percent (7-of-12) mark from behind the 3-point line. The Cavaliers made 11 3-pointers in the game, but took 30 shots from beyond the arc. Overall, Walsh shot 41 percent (29-of-70) from the field.

One of the biggest differences in the game came from the free throw line. The Cavs made all nine of their attempts from the charity stripe, but the Eagles were 20 points better as they made 29-of-35 attempts.

Both teams were relatively clean handling the ball as they had a combined 14 turnovers with Walsh responsible for only eight.

Kenny Kornowski (Sr., 6-9, Marshallville, OH/Smithville) paced the Cavaliers’ offense with 21 points after he made 10-of-22 from the field. Rian Burrell (So., 6-3, Zanesville, OH/HS) added 16.

Ashland’s Evan Yates scored a game-high 32 points.

The Cavaliers will attempt to rebound at Lake Erie this Saturday. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. The game will be broadcast on 95.9 The Light WNPQ.