2004-05 Archive

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

"Whaley Signs Two-Year Deal With Jazz"

Former Cavalier, Rob Whaley, has signed a two-year contract with the Utah Jazz. Whaley was a second round pick for the Jazz in June's NBA Draft. Whaley, the NAIA Division II Player of the Year, was the 51st player taken in the draft and the first ever from Walsh. A first team NAIA All-American, Rob scored 696 points, averaged 19.9 points per game and averaged 7.5 rebounds in leading Walsh (27-8) to its first ever NAIA Division II National Championship. Whaley, who transferred from the University of Cincinnati, was also named NAIA Tournament MVP.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

"Utah Jazz Selects Cavs' Whaley in Second Round of NBA Draft"

Walsh University's Rob Whaley (Sr., Benton Harbor, MI/HS) has been selected by the Utah Jazz in the second round of the NBA Draft. Whaley, the NAIA Division II Player of the Year, was the 51st player taken in the draft and the first ever from Walsh. Whaley, a first team NAIA All-American, scored 696 points, averaged 19.9 points per game and averaged 7.5 rebounds in leading Walsh (27-8) to its first ever NAIA Division II National Championship. Whaley, who transferred from the University of Cincinnati, was also named NAIA Tournament MVP.

WHALEY BIO...

2004-05: NAIA Division II Player of the Year, NAIA National Tournament MVP, American Mideast Conference South Division Player of the Year... Led Walsh to its first NAIA National Championship... Averaged 19.9 points and 7.5 rebounds in 35 games... Shot .512 from the field and led the team with 78 blocked shots... Averaged 22.8 points and 8.4 rebounds at the national tournament, while shooting .527 from the field and blocking 12 shots in five games... Season high was 38 points vs. Saint Vincent College in AMC North-South Championship game

University of Cincinnati transfer has one year of eligibility remaining... Played for former Walsh Head Coach and current University of Cincinnati Head Coach Bob Huggins last year after transferring from Barton Community College in Kansas... Could be one of the most dominating players to ever wear the maroon and gold... Has great size and is extremely athletic... Should be a presence on both ends of the court... LAST YEAR: Played in 22 games for Bearcats... Started three games and averaged 13.0 minutes... Averaged 5.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and shot .348 from the field... Reached double figure scoring three times, with hi-game of 17 points at Houston... BARTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Averaged 16.9 points and 7.7 rebounds in 2002-03, to lead Barton to number four ranking nationally... Shot .498 from the field and blocked 54 shots... Topped the 20-point mark nine times, with personal best 35 points... First team NJCAA All-American and first team All-Conference and All-Region as a freshman... Averaged 16.8 points and 6.8 rebounds, with 100 blocks as a sophomore... Second team NJCAA All-American as a sophomore... HIGH SCHOOL: Averaged 24.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and four assists as a senior and 25.0 points and 15.0 rebounds as a junior... Two-time first team All-State selection... PERSONAL: BORN: April 16, 1982 in Benton Harbor, Michigan... Son of Sonia Wright... Sociology (criminal justice) major... ONE LETTER.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

"Whaley Accepts Invite to NBA Pre-Draft Camp"

Rob Whaley (Sr., Benton Harbor, MI/HS) has accepted an invitation to the prestigious NBA Pre-Draft Camp, to be held June 7-10, at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Whaley, the NAIA Division II Player of the Year and first team NAIA All-American, scored 696 points, averaged 19.9 points per game and averaged 7.5 rebounds in leading Walsh (27-8) to its first ever NAIA Division II National Championship. Whaley, who transferred from the University of Cincinnati, was also named NAIA Tournament MVP.

Thursday, April 7, 2005

"Sistrunk to Play in Black College All-Star Game"

Walsh's Randy Sistrunk (Sr., Canton, OH/McKinley) (Pictured at right) has been selected to play in the 2005 Black College All-Star Game, held at Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on April 16. The second annual game will showcase the top seniors in the country, from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, competing against the top seniors from colleges across Ohio. Sistrunk replaces Robert Whaley, who declined the invitation in order to prepare for a NBA tryout.

Sistrunk earned honorable mention NAIA All-America honors, after helping Walsh to its first NAIA National Championship. The 6-4 forward averaged 12.4 points and a team leading 7.8 rebounds.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

"Walsh Wins First National Championship/Young NAIA Coach of the Year, Whaley NAIA Player of the Year"

(Point Lookout, MO) Walsh's national tournament run continued, as they used a second half blitz to defeat Concordia University 81-70, to win their first national championship. Head Coach Jeff Young top right was named NAIA Coach of the Year and Rob Whaley (Sr., Benton Harbor, MI/HS) bottom right was named NAIA Player of the Year and Tournament MVP. The Cavs fell behind by as many as eight points in the first half, when Whaley and Randy Sistrunk (Sr., Canton, OH/McKinley) shot the Cavs back in the game. Whaley scored 10 first half points and Sistrunk nine, as the Cavs came back and led 32-28 at the half. The Cavs led at halftime in every game of the tournament. The second half was all Walsh, as they came out and outscored Concordia 18-2 in the first four minutes to take a commanding 52-30 lead. Walsh shot a blistering .696 (16-23) in the second half. Concordia would begin to whittle away at the lead, but would come no closer than nine points. A thunderous dunk by Whaley, on an ally oop intended for Sistrunk, brought the crowd of 3,281 to its feet, and sealed the deal for the Cavs. Whaley ended up with 25 points and nine rebounds. Sistrunk played his finest game of the tournament, scoring 18 points and shooting 7-11 from the field. Sistrunk also earned honorable mention NAIA All-American honors. Jason Hicks (So., Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela St. Joseph) played another solid game, with 16 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. He was named to the All-Tournament team. Corey Jones (Fr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) was 3-5 from three-point and finished with 13 points. Adam Lesch (So., Newark, OH/HS) finished with seven points and six rebounds and made a back-breaking three-pointer down the stretch.

The 7th-seeded Cavs finish 27-8, while fourth-seeded Concordia concludes their season 32-6. Walsh returns home tonight at 9:34 pm at Akron-Canton Airport. The team will be met in the David Center for a celebration around 10:15 pm.

Monday, March 14, 2005

"Cavs Advance to NAIA Title Game"

(Point Lookout, MO) Seventh seeded Walsh (26-8) has advanced to the NAIA Division II National Championship game for the first time, after downing defending champion Oregon Tech (28-10) 77-70. The Cavs play fourth seeded Concordia College (32-5) for the national championship at 9:30 pm EST on Tuesday night. Concordia defeated Cedarville University 62-56 in the other semifinal game. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

The game is being televised live nationally on College Sports Television (CSTV). CSTV is available on DirecTV and on TimeWarner Cable. In the Canton area CSTV is Channel 151 on the digital tier. Check with your local cable or DirecTV provider for more information

The first half was a game of runs. Walsh led 14-11, then watched as Oregon Tech went on an 11-point run to lead 22-14. Walsh then matched Oregon Tech's 11-point run, with their own 11-point burst of their own to take a 25-22 lead. Corey Jones (Fr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) connected on four of six three-pointers and scored 14 points in the first half, as Walsh took a 38-36 lead into the locker room. Walsh trailed twice in the second half, at 42-40 and 43-42. The game remained tight, until the Cavs built a 67-62 lead. Oregon Tech then rallied to tie the game one last time at 67-67 with 2:10 to play. Walsh regained the lead for good on their next possession when Adam Lesch (So., Newark, OH/HS) hit two free throws to give the Cavs a 69-67 lead. The Cavs extended their lead on the next possession when Rob Whaley (Sr., Benton Harbor, MI/HS) scored to give the Cavs a 71-67 lead. Oregon Tech would close to 71-70 with 37 seconds left, but would get no closer. Jason Hicks (So., Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela-St. Joseph) hit four straight free throws to give the Cavs a 75-70 lead and Randy Sistrunk (Sr., Canton, OH/McKinley) hit the last two to provide the final margin. The Cavs were 8-8 from the foul line in the final minutes.

Whaley led the Cavs with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Hicks scored 15 points, all in the second half, recorded four rebounds and dished out four assists. Jones added 14 points and Lesch 13 points and six rebounds. Sistrunk added eight points and six rebounds. Walsh shot .491 (28-57) from the field, .583 (8-15) from three-point and .867 (13-15) from the line. The Cavs held Oregon Tech to .394 (26-66) from the field and .276 (8-29) from three-point.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

"Cavs Upset # 2 Seed Northwestern Iowa 68-61, Reach Final Four"

(Point Lookout, MO) Walsh (25-8) is headed to NAIA Final Four for the second time in school history, after upsetting second seeded Northwestern Iowa 68-61. The Cavs also reached the Final Four in 1996. The seventh seeded Cavs will meet defending NAIA champion Oregon Tech (28-9) on Monday night at 9 pm EST. The game will be broadcast live on 900 AM WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us. Oregon Tech advanced to the semifinals by defeating Indiana Tech 78-63. The first semifinal game features Cedarville University (28-9) and Concordia College (31-5) at 7 pm EST. Walsh and Cedarville are both from the American Mideast Conference South Division.

Walsh trailed only once in the first half, and led 34-30 at the break. The Cavs snapped a 28-28 tie, with three-pointers from Randy Sistrunk (Sr., Canton, OH/McKinley) and Brandon Weems (Fr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) in the final two minutes of the half. The second half was tight. Northwestern rallied and tied the game at 38-38, 40-40 and for the last time at 48-48 with 6:51 to play. Rob Whaley (Sr., Benton Harbor, MI/HS) gave the Cavs the lead for good at 50-48 at the 6:28 mark. The Cavs led 54-52, when Weems drilled at three-pointer with 2:08 to play to extend the lead to 57-52. Atfer struggling from the free throw line in the final minutes of Friday nights game, the Cavs connected on 11-15 from the stripe in the final two minutes. Whaley scored 14 of his game high 22 points in the second half. Sistrunk played his best game of the tournament, scoring 13 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Hicks added 11 points and a season-high nine assists. Walsh held Northwestern 27 points below their season scoring average of 88.4 points per game.

Walsh and Oregon Tech have met before in the national tourney. The Hustlin' Owls bested the Cavs 81-73 in the first round of the 1998 tourney in Nampa, Idaho.

Friday, March 11, 2005

"Hicks, Whaley Carry Cavs into Elite 8"

(Point Lookout, MO) For the second time in school history, the Walsh University Men's Basketball Team has reached the "Elite Eight" of the NAIA Division II National Tournament. The 7th seeded Cavs reached the final eight, after defeating 10th seeded Embry-Riddle University, 73-71, in a game in which they lead from start to finish. The Cavs play the winner of the Bellevue (Neb.)/Northwestern Iowa game on Saturday night at 8 pm (CST). NW Iowa is the number two seed in the tourney. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

Rob Whaley (Sr., Benton Harbor, MI/HS) and Jason Hicks (So., Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela-St. Joseph) were the main offensive threats for the Cavs, scoring 50 of the teams 73 points. Whaley scored 15 of his game-high 26 points in the first half, as the Cavs led 39-29 at the break. Embry-Riddle would shoot .556 from the field in the second half and eventually rally to tie the game at 60-60 and 62-62 with less than seven minutes to play. These were the only ties of the game. Walsh would regain the lead and extend it to five points at 72-67 in the final minute, but turnovers and missed free throws kept the Eagles in the game. With 34 seconds to play, Hicks missed two free throws and Embry-Riddle's Ben Witherspoon hit from long range to cut the lead to two points at 72-70. Hicks and Randy Sistrunk (Sr., Canton, OH/McKinley) would each hit one free throw for the final margin. Whaley hit 8-12 from the line and 9-22 from the field, while grabbing seven rebounds. Hicks scored 16 of his 24 points in the second half and connected on 5-8 from three point. Hicks also grabbeed a game-high nine rebounds, dished out six assists and had two steals. Corey Jones (Fr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) added nine points on three three's and Derek Chappell (So., Euclid, OH/Lutheran East) continued his outstanding play off the bench with six points.

Walsh Head Coach, Jeff Young, is the first Cavalier coach to win two national tourney games in his first year on the bench. Steve Loy took the Cavs to the "Sweet 16" in his first year in 1993 and to the Final Four in 1996. Walsh has never won the National Championship.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

"Cavs Advance to Sweet 16, Defeat Tabor College 68-62/Embry Riddle Next"

(Point Lookout, MO) For the third time in school history, 7th seeded Walsh (23-8) has advanced to the 'Sweet 16" of the NAIA Division II National Championships in Point Lookout, MO, after defeating Tabor College 68-62. The Cavs meet Embry Riddle (Fla.) at 5:45 (CST) tomorrow night. Embry Riddle is the 10th seed. The Eagles defeated Bluefield College (Va.) 73-66. The game will be brodcast live on 900 AM WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

Walsh only trailed once in the contest (27-26), but rallied to lead 32-27 at halftime. In the second half, the Cavs built a 14-point second half lead but could not put the pesky Bluejays away. With the Cavs unable to connect from the foul line (17-31), the Bluejays trimmed the lead to five points in the final three minutes. Walsh's Corey Jones (Fr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) and Jason Hicks (So., Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela-St. Joseph) finally hit two free throws each in the final minute to ice the win. Rob Whaley (Sr., Benton Harbor, MI/HS) scored 13 of his game-high 24 points in the first half and shot 10-18 from the field. He also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and blocked six shots. Walsh overcame their poor performance from the foul line, by connecting on 5-12 from outside the arc. The Cavs were 3-4 from three-point range in the second half. Hicks was 3-7 from three-point and scored 11 points. He was the only other Cavalier to reach double figures.

Sunday, March 6, 2005

Cavs (22-8, 15-3) Cavs Seeded 7th at NAIA National Tourney/Meet Tabor (KS) First

NAIA National Tournament, seventh seeded Walsh (22-8), makes its seventh trip to the championships, held in Branson, Missouri. The Cavs meet Tabor College (KS), in a first round game on Thursday at 5 pm, eastern standard time. The game, and all games, can he heard live on 900 AM WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

Tabor finished the regular season 20-9 and plays in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC). The Bluejays and Cavs have never met. Both teams enter the post season having lost their last game. The Cavs lost the American Mideast Conference Championship game 77-75 at Saint Vincent College, while Tabor was upset 54-52 by Friends College in the first game of the KCAC Tournament. Friends, the eighth seed, went on to win the tournament to advance to Branson.

The Cavs have an all-time record of 4-6 at the national tournament. The Cavs advanced to Kansas City in 1983 under Bob Huggins, now the head coach at the University of Cincinnati. The Cavs went for a second time, the following season (1984), under Dan Peters, now an assistant at Ohio State. The late Steve Loy took the Cavs to the tourney a record four times (1993, 1996, 1998, 2002). Loy is the only coach to win at the tourney, posting a 4-6 six mark and taking Walsh to final four in 1996. The Cavs wins have come against Alice Lloyd (81-78, 1993), Green Mountain (92-83), Alice Lloyd (85-81), Doane (82-76) in 1996. The Cavs have lost their last two national tournament games. Walsh has been seeded second twice, in 1983 and 1996. Current Cavalier head coach, Jeff Young, is the third coach to take the team to the national tournament in his first year on the bench and third to win 20 games in his first year as well. Young was an assistant to Loy on all four tournament teams.

The Cavs posted their 16th twenty-win season, this year. Bob Huggins won a Walsh-record 34 games in 1983 and won at least 20 games in two out of his three years as head coach. Dan Peters won 28 games, the year he took the Cavs to the national tournament and posted 20 wins all five years as head coach. Steve Loy won 20 games a record seven times, including 31 games in 1996, when the Cavs reached the final four.

Wednesday, March 2, 2005

"Cavs Seeded 7th at NAIA Tourney, Meet Tabor College in First Round Game"

Walsh (22-8) has been seeded 7th for the upcoming NAIA Division II National Tournament, being played March 9 - 15 in Branson, Missouri. The Cavs play Thursday at 4 pm (CST) against Tabor College (20-9). The Cavs and Bluejays have never met. Tabor is a member of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and won the regular season championship. They lost 54-52 to Friends in the KCAC post-season quarterfinals.

NAIA Tournament Bracket: http://www.naia.org/basketball/mdii/championship/2005/bracket.html

All games will broadcast live on 900 AM WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

"Cavs Fall 77-75 to St. Vincent in AMC Title Game, Depsite Whaley's 38 Points"

Despite a career-high 38 points from American Mideast Conference South Player of the Year, Rob Whaley (Sr., Benton Harbor, MI) top right, Walsh fell 77-75 at Saint Vincent College in the AMC Championship game tonight. The win was the 15 straight for the Bearcats. Both teams, however, will play at the NAIA Division II National Tournament in Branson, MO, which starts on March 9. The NAIA No. 9 Cavs (22-8) and No. 4 Bearcats (24-4) put on quite a show in front of a full house at the Carey Center in Latrobe, PA. AMC North and overall Conference Player of the Year, Tony Washam, nearly matched Whaley, scoring 32 points.

Walsh shot well all night. The Cavs connected on .519 from the floor in the first half, but trailed 35-34. With Whaley and Washam practically trading baskets in the second half the game remained tight. Walsh then shut the Bearcats down and surged to a 56-50 lead in the final ten minutes. It was here that Washam and Kenny Roberts went to work, as the Bearcats outscored the Cavs 10-2 to take a 60-58 lead. The game remained tight until the end and free throws proved to be the deciding factor, as the Bearcats went to the line 13 times, making 11 in the second half, compared to Walsh's 3-4 from the line in the second half. With St. Vincent ahead 76-72, Walsh's Jason Hicks (So., 5-10, Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela-St. Joseph) burried a deep three from the right corner to cut the lead to 76-75 with 5.2 secconds to play. Walsh then fouled with 3.0 seconds left and Kenny Roberts split free throws. Walsh had one last chance, but a desperation heave from beyond half court from Whaley was off the mark.

Whaley finished shooting 17-25 from the floor and was unstoppable the entire game. He also grabbed nine rebounds. Adam Lesch (So., 6-8, Newark, OH/HS) added ten points and six rebounds and Brandon Weems (Fr., 5-9, Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) chipped in ten points off the bench. The Cavs shot .515 from the field, while holding the Bearcats to .438 from the field. Walsh also out rebounded the Bearcats 39-31.

NAIA pairings for the national tournament are expected to be announced on Wednesday, March 2.

Friday, February 25, 2005

"Whaley AMC South Player of the Year, Young AMC Coach of the Year"

The accolades were plentiful for the American Mideast Conference South Division champion Walsh University Cavaliers. The NAIA No. 9 Cavs, who finished the regular season 22-7 and 15-3 in the AMC South, placed two players on the South first team, one on the second team, one honorable mention and two on the All-Freshman Team. Head Coach Jeff Young, in his first full season at the helm, was named as the recipient of the Steve Loy Memorial Award as the AMC's top coach. Young is the fourth head coach to take the Cavs to the NAIA National Tournament and third to do so in his first year on the bench. The Cavs also swept the remaining awards in the AMC as well, as University of Cincinnati transfer, Robert Whaley (C, Sr., 6-10, Benton Harbor, MI) was the AMC Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year and Corey Jones (G, Fr., 6-3, Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) was tabbed the AMC South Freshman of the Year.

Whaley was also selected to the AMC South first team. The Cavs' center leads the team with an 18.9 ppg, is shooting .500 from the floor and has a team leading 65 blocked shots. Joining Whaley on the first team is senior Randy Sistrunk (F, 6-4, Canton, OH/McKinley). Sistrunk, who earned first team honors last season, is averaging 13.5 points and a team leading 8.1 rebounds. He is shooting .497 from the field and is second in steals with 46. Jason Hicks (So., 5-10, Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela St. Joseph), a transfer from the University of Akron and the Cavs' point guard, was selected second team. Hicks averages 10.5 points and 3.6 assists and has dished out 106 assists. Jones and Brandon Weems (G, 5-9, Akron, OH), high school teammates at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, were each selected to the AMC's freshmen team. Jones, also honorable mention All-AMC, is averaging 11.3 points and leads the team with 75 three-point goals and with a .931 free throw percentage. Weems, the Cavs first guard off the bench, is averaging 7.1 points and has also taken outstanding care of the basketball, with 69 assists and only 39 turnovers.

Walsh, who has qualified for the NAIA National Tournament in Branson, MO, plays for the AMC Championship at St. Vincent College (23-4, 14-0 AMC N) at 7:30 pm tomorrow night. The game will be broadcast live on 900 AM WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

Monday, February 21, 2005

"Cavs (22-7, 15-3) Clinch AMC South Crown and NAIA National Tourney Berth"

Walsh is headed back to the NAIA National Tournament. The NAIA No. 4 Cavs (new poll out 2/22) will compete in the 14th Annual NAIA National Championships from Branson, MO, March 9-16. Seeding and pairings will be announced March 2. The 32-team single elimination tournament begins March 9, with eight games starting at 8:30 a.m. The second round will be played on Thursday, March 10. The Cavs last NAIA National Tournament appearance was in 2001-02. Walsh closed the season winning two out of the three games played last week. This Saturday, they play for the American Mideast Conference Championship in Latrobe, PA against Saint Vincent College at 7:30 pm. This is the Cavs final game before the national tournament. The game will be aired live on 900 AM WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

Head Coach Jeff Young becomes the fourth Walsh coach to take a team to the tournament and also the third to do it in his first year as head coach. Dan Peters took the Cavs to Kansas City in 1983-84 in his first season and Steve Loy duplicated the trip, but to Nampa, Idaho in 1992-93. Loy took the Cavs to the tournament a record four times and reached the final four in 1995-96. Bob Huggins was the first Walsh head coach to win a championship and took the team to the tourney in 1982-83.

Walsh clinched the AMC South title on Tuesday. Walsh defeated Ohio Dominican University 84-58 and clinched crown when Tiffin University upset Cedarville University 84-80. Walsh shot .623 from the floor against the Panthers. In the two games against ODU, Walsh shot over .555 in each half. Walsh led from start to finish in the win, building leads of 10 and 11 points in the first half. In the second half, the Cavs shot a blistering .667 and outscored the Panthers 48-31. Rob Whaley (Sr., Benton Harbor, MI/HS) led all scorers with 23 points. Jason Hicks (So., Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela St. Joseph) added 16 points, Derek Chappell (So., Euclid, OH/Lutheran East) scored a career-high 13 points off the bench and Randy Sistrunk (Sr., Canton, OH/McKinley) added 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Walsh survived a furious second half rally to defeat Tiffin University 94-88 at home on Thursday. The Cavs led by as many as 18 points in the first half and led 42-26 at halftime. Tiffin scored the first eight points of the second half to cut the Walsh lead to eight points (42-34), before the Cavaliers pushed the lead to 20 points at 61-41. Walsh led 81-66 with 2:53 to play, when Tiffin mounted a comeback. Tiffin trimmed the lead to 81-76 with 1:10 to play, then to two points (85-83) with 35 seconds. Walsh would ice the game from the foul line. Jason Hicks hit 5-6 free throws in the last 53 seconds and Randy Sistrunk connected twice. Rob Whaley led all scorers with 24 points. Hicks added 19 points, Brandon Weems (Fr., Akron, OH/St- Vincent-St. Mary) scored 17 points off the bench and Corey Jones (Fr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) added 13.

The Cavs fell 62-40 in their final regular season game at Shawnee State University (16-16, 10-8 AMC S) on Saturday. A cold shooting second half doomed the Cavs. Walsh trailed 29-26 at the half, after shooting only 37% (10-27) in the first half. The second half produced a season low 14 points, as the Cavs could only connect on 5-28 (18%) from the field. Rob Whaley was the only Cavalier to score in double figures, netting 16 points.

Saint Vincent (23-4, 14-0 AMC N), who won the AMC North Division title, will be meeting the Cavaliers for the second time this season. Walsh defeated Saint Vincent 66-64 on December 10 at home, as Corey Jones nit a three-pointer at the buzzer. The Bears have won their last 14 games and lead the all-time series with the Cavs 9-5.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

"Cavs Fall in Season Finale"

NAIA No. 4 Walsh (23-6, 15-3 AMC S) fell 62-40 in their final regular season game at Shawnee State University (16-16, 10-8 AMC S) yesterday in an American Mideast Conference South game. The Cavs play for the American Mideast Conference Championship at NAIA No. 7 Saint Vincent College (23-4, 14-0 AMC N) next Saturday (2/26) at 7:30 pm. The game will be broadcast live an AM 900 WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us.

A cold shooting second half doomed the Cavs at Shawnee State. Walsh trailed 29-26 at the half, after shooting only 37% (10-27) in the first half. The second half produced a season low 14 points, as the Cavs could only connect on 5-28 (18%) from the field. Rob Whaley (Sr., Benton Harbor, MI/HS) was the only Cavalier to score in double figures, with 16 points.

Saint Vincent, who won the AMC North Division title, will be meeting the Cavaliers for the second time this season. Walsh defeated Saint Vincent 66-64 on December 10 at home, as Corey Jones (Fr., Avon Lake, OH/HS) nit a three-pointer at the buzzer. The Bears have won their last 14 games and lead the all-time series with the Cavs 9-5.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

"Cavs Hang On, Down Tiffin 94-88"

NAIA No. 4 Walsh (22-6, 15-2 AMC S) held off a furious Tiffin University (11-14, 7-10 AMC S) rally, to post a 94-88 American Mideast Conference South Division win at Walsh tonight. The AMC South champion Cavs close the home season with a 13-1 home mark. Walsh closes the regular season at Shawnee State Universityon Saturday. The game will be broadcast live on 900 AM WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us

Walsh led by as many as 18 points in the first half and led 42-26 at halftime. Tiffin scored the first eight points of the second half to cut the Walsh lead to eight points (42-34), before the Cavaliers pushed the lead to 20 points at 61-41. Walsh led 81-66 with 2:53 to play, when Head Coach Jeff Young cleared his bench. Tiffin then put on a furious rally, trimming the lead to 81-76 with 1:10 to play. Young put his starters back in the game, but the Dragons kept coming and sliced the lead to two points (85-83) with 35 seconds to play on a basket by Michael Dhont. Walsh would ice the game by hitting free throws. Jason Hicks hit 5-6 in the last 53 seconds and Randy Sistunk connected twice.

Walsh's Rob Whaley led all scorers with 24 points. Jason Hicks added 19 points, Brandon Weems scored 17 points off the bench and Corey Jones added 13. Tiffin's Nick Scheutzow led the Dragons with 21 points off the bench. The Dragon bench scored 53 of their 88 points. Lucius Sullivan added 15 points and Michael Dhont 14, both off the bench.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

"Cavs Capture National Tournament Bid With 84-58 Win at Ohio Dominican"

The Walsh University Cavaliers are headed to Branson, Missouri. The Cavs earned the trip to the NAIA Division II National Tournament with an 84-58 win at Ohio Dominican University, coupled with Cedarville University's 84-80 loss at Tiffin. The win also gives them the American Midast Conference Southern Division title. The NAIA No. 4 Cavs are 14-2 in the AMC South and 21-6 overall. Walsh made its last trip to the National Tourney in the 2001-2002 season. Head Coach Jeff Young becomes the fourth Walsh coach to take a team to the tournament and also the third to do it in his first year as head coach. Dan Peters took the Cavs to Kansas City in 1983-84 in his first season and Steve Loy duplicated the trip, but to Nampa, Idaho in 1992-93. Bob Huggins was the first Walsh head coach to win a championship and took the team to the tourney in 1982-83. Loy took the Cavs to the tournament a record four times and reached the final four in 1995-96. The 32-team, single elimination tournament begins March 9, with eight games, starting at 8:30 a.m. Walsh has three games to play, before leaving for the "Show Me" state. The Cavs play their final regular season home game on Thursday at 8 pm against Tiffin, and travel to Shawnee State on Saturday for the regular season finale at 3 pm. The final game will be in Latrobe, PA, for the AMC Championship on Saturday, February 26 against Saint Vincent College, the AMC North champion. All games will be broadcast on AM 900 WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us.

Walsh shot .623 from the floor, in winning game 21 at Ohio Dominican. In the two games against the Panthers, Walsh shot over .555 in each half. Walsh led from start to finish in the win. The Cavs built leads of 10 and 11 points in the first half and led 36-27 at the break. In the second half, the Cavs shot a blistering .667 and outscored the Panthers 48-31. Rob Whaley (Sr., Benton Harbor, MI/HS) led all scorers with 23 points. Jason Hicks (So., Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela St. Joseph) added 16 points, Derek Chappell (So., Euclid, OH/Lutheran East) scored a career-high 13 points off the bench and Randy Sistrunk (Sr., Canton, OH/McKinley) added 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Monday, February 14, 2005

"Cavs (20-6, 13-2) Retire Mayor/s Cup/Fall at Cedarville"

It was an up and down week for the NAIA No. 4 (new poll out 2/15) Walsh University Cavaliers (20-6, 13-2 AMC S). First, the Cavs moved up to the fourth spot in the NAIA Top 25 and second, the Cavs retired the Mayor's Cup with a 77-73 win over Malone. The negative came when Cedarville University (22-7, 12-4 AMC S) snapped Walsh's 13-game win streak with a 78-73 victory. The Yellow Jackets win also denied the Cavs a chance to clinch the American Mideast Conference South title and NAIA Division II National Tournament berth. If Walsh wins two of their final three games, they will win the conference title outright. They can also clinch if Cedarville loses one of their final two games and Walsh wins once. The Cavs are at Ohio Dominican University (15-10, 8-8 AMC S) on Tuesday at 8 pm, home to Tiffin University (10-13, 6-9, AMC S) on Thursday at 8 pm and close the regular season at Shawnee State University (14-16, 8-8 AMC S) on Saturday at 3 pm. All three games will be aired live on 900 AM WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

Walsh University won its 20th game of the season and retired the Mayor's Cup, with a 77-73 come-from-behind win at Malone College's Osborne Hall on Tuesday. The Cavs have now retired the Cup four different times and won the last six Mayor's Cup games. The win was also the 13th straight for the Cavs, their longest winning streak since 1997-98, when they opened the season with 13 straight wins. Malone jumped on the Cavs early and led 22-11 in the first half. Walsh battled back and tied the game at 36-36, but trailed 40-36 at the half. Walsh caught the Pioneers in the second half and built two seven point leads. Malone rallied in the final minutes and tied the game one last time at 73-73. Jason Hicks (So., Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela St. Joseph) gave the Cavs the lead for good at 74-73, when he hit one of two free throws with 35.4 seconds to play. Malone's Tyler Renner then double-dribbled at the top of the key with 15.5 seconds left to give the ball back to the Cavs. Walsh's Corey Jones (Fr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) promptly hit two free throws and Randy Sistrunk (Sr., Canton, OH/McKinley) then iced the game with 4.2 seconds left with another free throw. Walsh's Rob Whaley (Sr., Benton Harbor, MI/HS) led all scorers with 27 points. Hicks added 16 points and Jones 11, all in the second half. Walsh turned the ball over five times in the first five minutes, but only four times in the final 35 minutes.

NAIA No. 11 Cedarville erased an 11-point Walsh second half lead, in a 78-73 come from behind win over the Cavs in front of 3,712 fans at the Callan Athletic Center on Saturday. Walsh looked good early, holding Cedarville to 7-30 (.233) from the floor in the first half and building a 36-25 halftime lead. But the Jackets shot .541 (20-37) in the second half and outscored the Cavs 53-37. Cedarville led 76-73 with less than 15 seconds to play, when they went to the line in an attempt to ice the game. But after missing the front end of a one and one, Cedarville's Mugabe Thomas grabbed one of his game-high 19 rebounds to put the game away. Walsh shot well, but were plagued by 16 turnovers. The Cavs were out scored 18 to five from the foul line and went to the line 18 less times than the Jackets. Rob Whaley led Walsh with 22 points, but connected on only 10-24 from the field. Brandon Weems (Fr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) added 14 points off the bench.

Walsh travels to Columbus to meet Ohio Dominican on Tuesday. The Panthers are fighting for one of four AMC Playoff spots. They are tied for fourth place with Malone and Shawnee State. The Panthers defeated Mount Vernon Nazarene 82-81 on Saturday and have won their last three games. Walsh won the first meeting between the two teams, 82-72 at Walsh on January 18 and lead the all-time series 53-20.

Walsh is home to Tiffin in their final home game on Thursday. Walsh won the first meeting with the Dragons, 78-59, at Tiffin on November 30. Tiffin snapped a two-game losing streak, with a 69-64 upset win over Rio Grande on Saturday. Walsh leads the all-time series 46-21.

The Cavs close the regular season in Portsmouth, Ohio against Shawnee State on Saturday. The Bears handed the Cavs their only home loss, 86-72 on December 17. The Bears are tied for fourth in the AMC South with Ohio Dominican and Malone. The Bears were upset by Wilberforce, 75-69 on Saturday and have lost their last three games. Walsh leads the all-time series 20-12.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

"Cedarville Stops Cavs 13-Game Win Streak, 78-73, To Stay Alive in AMC South Race"

NAIA No. 11 Cedarville University (22-7, 12-4) erased an 11-point Walsh (20-6, 13-2) second half lead, in a 78-73 come from behind win over the Cavs in front of 3,712 fans at the Callan Athletic Center. The loss snapped NAIA No. 4 Walsh's 13-game win streak and kept the Cavaliers from clinching the American Mideast Conference South title, and a NAIA Division Two National Tournament bid. The Cavs magic number to clinch the South title is two. Two Walsh wins, or a Walsh win and Cedarville loss would give the Cavs their first National Tournament appearance in three years. The Cavs have three games remaining, while Cedarville has two. Walsh is at Ohio Dominican University (15-10, 8-8) on Tuesday, home to Tiffin University (10-13, 6-9) on Thursday and at Shawnee State University (14-16, 8-8) on Saturday. Cedarville is at Tiffin on Tuesday, and at Malone on Saturday. All games will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and live on the web at www.wcer.us.

Walsh looked on their way, after holding Cedarville to 7-30 (.233) from the floor in the first half and building a 36-25 halftime lead. But the Jackets shot .541 (20-37) in the second half and outscored the Cavs 53-37. The second half was tight throughout. Cedarville led 76-73 with less than 15 seconds to play, when they went to the line in an attempt to ice the game. But after missing the front end of an one and one, Cedarville's Mugabe Thomas grabbed one of his game-high 19 rebounds to put the game away. The Jackets would snare the last ten rebounds of the game. Thomas scored all of 12 points in the second half to compliement his 19 rebounds. Jason Weakley also sparked the Jackets comeback with 21 points and ten rebounds. Walsh shot well, but were plagued by 16 turnovers. The Cavs shot .484 (15-31) in the second half. Walsh was out scored 18 to five from the foul line and went to the line 18 less times than the Jackets. Rob Whaley (Sr., Benton Harbor, MI/HS) led Walsh with 22 points, but connected on only 10-24 from the field. Brandon Weems (Fr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) added 14 points off the bench.

Friday, February 11, 2005

"Cavs Can Clinch AMC South Title and NAIA National Tourney Berth With Win at Cedarville"

NAIA No. 4 Walsh University controls its own destiny. With a win at Cedarville University (21-7, 11-4 AMC S) on Saturday night, Walsh can clinch the American Mideast Conference South Division title and their first trip to the NAIA National Tournament in three years. Walsh, 20-5 overall and 13-1 in the South, sport a 13-game win streak as they prepare for the trip to Cedarville. The Yellow Jackets lost 76-71 at the University of Rio Grande last night, thus giving the Cavs a chance to clinch the title on the Jackets home floor. Walsh is 6-0 on the road in conference play. A full house is expected at Cedarville's Athletic Center. Walsh won the first meeting, at home, on January 22, 82-68. The game will be broadcast live on 900 AM WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us. Game time is 7:30 pm.

Tuesday, February 8, 2005

"Cavs Retire Cup With Come-From-Behind Win Over Malone"

NAIA No. 4 Walsh University won its 20th game of the season and retired the Mayor's Cup, with a 77-73 come-from-behind win at Malone College's Osborne Hall tonight. The Cavs have now retired the Cup four different times and won the last six Mayor's Cup games. The win, also the 13th straight for the Cavs, improved their American Mideast Conference South record to 13-1 and their overall record to 20-5. The loss dropped the Pioneers to 16-12 overall and to 7-8 in the AMC South.

Malone jumped on the Cavs early and led 22-11 in the first half. Walsh battled back and tied the game at 36-36, but trailed 40-36 at the half. Walsh caught the Pioneers in the second half and built two seven point leads. Malone rallied in the final minutes and tied the game one last time at 73-73. Jason Hicks (So., Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela St. Joseph) gave the Cavs the lead for good at 74-73, when he hit one of two free throws with 35.4 seconds to play. Malone's Tyler Renner then double-dribbled at the top of the key with 15.5 seconds left to give the ball back to the Cavs. Walsh's Corey Jones (Fr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) promptly hit two free throws and Randy Sistrunk (Sr., Canton, OH/McKinley) then iced the game with 4.2 seconds left with another free throw. Walsh's Rob Whaley (Sr., Benton Harbor, MI/HS) led all scorers with 27 points. Hicks added 16 points and Jones 11, all in the second half. Walsh turned the ball over five times in the first five minutes, but only four times in the final 35 minutes.

Walsh is at Cedarville University (21-6, 11-3) on Saturday night. The Yellow Jackets won 89-86 at Urbana tonight and play at Rio Grande on Thursday. Saturday's game will be aired live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

Tuesday, February 8, 2005

"Cavs Up One Notch To 4th in Latest NAIA Top 25"

Walsh University (19-5, 12-1 AMC S) has moved up one notch, to fourth, in the latest NAIA Division Two Top 25 rankings. The Cavs, who have won their last 12 straight games, received 371 points. Northwestern (IA) moved into the top spot after being ranked second last week. William Jewell (MO) moved up one spot to second, while Cornerstone (MI) fell from the top spot to third.

Walsh is at the Malone College (16-11, 7-7 AMC S) in the annual 41st Mayor's Cup game tonight. The Cavs can retire the Cup with a win. Walsh is in first place in the American Mideast Conference South and hold a two-game lead over second-place and 11th ranked Cedarville University (20-6, 10-3 AMC S).

Monday, February 7, 2005

"Cavs (19-5, 12-1) Extend Win Streak to 12 Games/Battle Malone For Mayor's Cup and at Cedarville"

NAIA No. 5 Walsh (19-5, 12-1 AMC S) won two more American Mideast Conference South games last week, and lead second place Cedarville University (20-6, 10-3 AMC S) by two games with five games to play in the regular season. The Cavs and the NAIA 12th ranked Yellow Jackets meet at Cedarville on Saturday night. The two victories also extended the Cavs current win streak to 12 games, the longest since 1997-98, when they opened the season with 13 straight wins. Last week, Walsh won twice at home to improve their home court record to 12-1. The Cavs tripped Mount Vernon Nazarene University 71-61 and trounced the University of Rio Grande 81-47. This week, the Cavs travel across town to face Malone College (16-11, 7-7 AMC S) in the annual Mayor's Cup game at 7:30 and travel southwest to Cedarville on Saturday at 7:30 pm. Both games will be aired live on 900 AM WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

Walsh won its 11th straight game, defeating Mount Vernon Nazarene 71-61 last Tuesday. The Cavs shot 52% in the first half in building a 38-28 halftime lead and then extended the lead to 14 points (44-30) with 18:11 to play. The Cougars then went on a 15-6 run to trim the lead to 50-45 in the second half, but would get no closer. Walsh shut down MVNU's three-point attack, holding the Cougars to just 3-10 from behind arc. The Cavs countered by hitting 7-15 three-pointers. Walsh placed four players in double figures, led by Rob Whaley's (Sr., Benton Harbor, MI) 19 points and 15 rebounds. Corey Jones (Fr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent) added 16 points, Randy Sistrunk (Sr., Canton, OH/McKinley) 15 and Jason Hicks (So., Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela St. Joseph) 11. The win gave the Cavs as series (2-0) sweep of the Cougars for the first time since the 1995-96 season.

Walsh won its 12th straight game, defeating the University of Rio Grande 81-47 on Wall of Fame Saturday. The Cavs led from start to finish in the win, building a 17-point first half lead, and leading 36-22 at halftime. Rio Grande scored the first four points of the second half, to close the lead to 36-26, but would get no closer. The Cavs then went on a 12-point run to put the game away. Walsh shot 55% in the second half and held their largest lead at 36 points (73-37, 79-43). Rob Whaley led the Cavs with 20 points and five assists. Randy Sistrunk added 18 points and eight rebounds and Corey Jones tallied ten points. Walsh out rebounded Rio 39-28 and had 23 assists. The win gave the Cavs as series (2-0) sweep of the Redmen for the first time since the 1996-97 season.

Walsh and Malone renew their rivalry on Tuesday night at Osborne Hall in the 41st Annual Mayor's Cup game. Walsh can retire "The Cup" with a win. Three consecutive wins in the designated game are required. Walsh has won the last five Mayor's Cup game and lead the Cup series 22-18. Walsh has retired the valued trophy three times, the last time in 2001-02. The Cavs have won nine of the last ten Mayor's Cup games. Walsh also leads the all-time series 51-38. Malone comes into Tuesday's game on a two-game win streak. They defeated Wilberforce University 94-65 on Saturday night. Walsh won the first meeting with Malone, 82-76, at Walsh on January 11. Rob Whaley and Randy Sistrunk each scored 18 points in the win and Jason Hicks added 16 points. Malone's Shane Conwell, the AMC's second leading scorer, poured in 29 points in the first meeting. He is averaging 23.8 ppg. Tyler Renner made his Malone debut against the Cavs, and tallied 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Renner is averaging 18.1 points and 8.6 rebounds. The Pioneers average 87.1 points per game.

Walsh can take a major step toward clinching the AMC South title, if they can knock off defending champion Cedarville on Saturday night. The Cavs won the first meeting 82-68, at Walsh, on January 22. Rob Whaley poured in a season-high 29 points for the Cavs. The Yellow Jackets come into the week on a three-game winning streak. They escaped the upset on Saturday night by edging Ohio Dominican University 69-66. The Jackets have a demanding week, playing three games. They travel to Urbana University on Tuesday and to Rio Grande on Thursday for a make-up game. Walsh leads the all-time series 34-33.

Rob Whaley leads Walsh in scoring (18.0 ppg) and is second in rebounding (7.5 rpg). Whaley has reached double figures in scoring in 24 of Walsh's 25 games. During the Cavs 12-game winning streak, Whaley has averaged 17.5 points and 7.7 rebounds. He has recorded seven double-doubles. Randy Sistrunk leads the team in rebounding (8.) rpg) and is second to Whaley in scoring (14.2 ppg). Sistrunk also has seven double-doubles and has scored in doubles figures in all but three games. During Walsh's win streak, the Cavs have won by an average of 13.5 points per game and shot better than .500 from the field five times. The Cavs have also taken great care of the basketball during the streak, with 66 more assists than turnovers.