2005-06 Archive

Thursday, March 23, 2006

"Hicks HM All-American/NAIA All-Tournament Team/Black, Lesch Selected Daktronics Scholar-Athletes"

Three Walsh University basketball players have received post season honors from the NAIA. Junior guard Jason Hicks (Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela-St. Joseph) (pictured top right) has been named NAIA Honorable Mention All-American and was selected to the NAIA's National Tournament team and Keith Black (Jr., Southington, OH/Warren JFK) (pictured middle right) and Adam Lesch (Jr., Newark, OH/HS) (pictured bottom right) were named NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athletes. Walsh reached the quarterfinals of the national tournament, before being ousted Mid-American Nazarene. The Cavs finished the season 27-7 and won the American Mideast Conference South Division regular season championship and the North/South Championship game. They won the NAIA National Championship in 2005.

Hicks, who transferred from the University of Akron, has played two years for the Cavaliers. He averaged 13.8 points to lead the team in scoring during the regular season and was named first team AMC South Division. Hicks led the team with a .473 mark from three-point and with 166 assists. During Walsh's three-game run at the national tournament, Hicks averaged 16.7 points, shot .441 from the field and handed out 14 assists. He scored 21 points in Walsh's loss to Mid-America Nazarene and dished out nine assists in their second round win against Oregon Tech.

Black and Lesch were honored for their excellence in the classroom. Black, a pre-med major, played in 16 games in a reserve role for the Cavaliers. He carries a 3.51 grade point average. Lesch, a business major, played in 31 games and started 28 for the Cavs. He averaged 8.2 points and 5.4 rebounds. Lesch had a perfect 4.00 grade point average this past fall and carries a 3.91 average.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

"Walsh University Signs AP Division IV Player of the Year, Brandon Speck, from Mansfield St. Peter"

Walsh University Head Basketball Coach Jeff Young has announced the signing of Brandon Speck to a NAIA Letter of Intent to continue his education at Walsh and play basketball for the Cavaliers. Walsh is a member of the NAIA and competes in the American Mideast Conference. Walsh finished the 2005-06 season 27-7 and reached the "Elite Eight" at the NAIA National Tournament. The Cavs won the AMC South Division regular season championship and the AMC North/South Championship game. In 2004-05, Walsh won the NAIA Division Two National Championship.

Speck, a 5-11 senior, averaged 25 points, 5-1 rebounds and 5.0 assists at Mansfield St. Peter. He has been accepted into Walsh's Honor's Program and has a perfect 4.00 grade point average.

"We're very fortunate to bring Brandon into our program," exclaimed Young. "He's an exciting and strong fundamental player who will fit right into our program."

Saturday, March 11, 2006

"Season Ends in Elite Eight Loss"

(Point Lookout, MO) Walsh's (27-7) bid to become the first team since Bethel College (1997-98) to win back-to-back NAIA Championships came to an end, when they where upset 74-68 by unseeded Mid-America Nazarene in an Elite 8 game at the Keeter Gymnasium. Walsh's 27 wins are the most since they won 31 games in 1996, and the sixth most in a single season. Walsh also won 27 games last year, when they won their first NAIA National Championship.

Behind ten early first half points from Brandon Weems (So., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary), Walsh built a 30-17 lead. But Mid-America Nazarene went on a 14-2 run to pull to within one-point at 32-31. Walsh led 34-31 at the half. Midway through the second half it looked as if Walsh would pull away again, building a 51-44 lead with 9:46 to play. But the Pioneers charged again, going on a 9-1 run to take a 53-52 lead. The game stayed tight the rest of the way. Mid-Am built a four-point in the last five minutes, but Walsh rallied to tie the game. Walsh trailled by two points with a little more than two minutes to play when Jason Hicks (Jr., Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela-St. Joseph) tied the game at 65-65 on a Mid-Am goaltending call. Mid-Am then came away with the biggest play of the game, when Jacob Nellor nailed a three-pointer to give them the lead for good (68-65) with 1:37 to play with the shot clock winding down. Mid-Am would then seal the game with free throws, hitting 18-20 for the game and 6-6 in the final two minutes.

Hicks led all scorers with 21 points. Eder Aruajo (So., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete Maria de Freitas) added 15 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Weems tallied 13 points and dished out four assists. Walsh shot .481 from the field in the second half, but only .444 for the game. Mid-Am shot .696 from the field in the second half and .575 for the game. They also out rebounded the Cavs 32-20, marking the first time in the tournament that Walsh had been out rebounded. The Cavs took great care of the ball, committing only three turnovers.

Friday, March 10, 2006

"Cavs Advance to Elite Eight"

(Point Lookout, MO) NAIA No. 3 and defending National Champion Walsh (27-6) has advanced to the NAIA Elite Eight, after defeating Oregon Tech (25-9) in a "Sweet 16" game at the NAIA National Championships. The third-seeded Cavs meet Mid-America Nazarene (24-10) at 2 pm EST on Saturday, with the winner advancing to the Final Four on Monday. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us. Walsh's win over Oregon Tech marks the second straight year that the Cavs have eliminated the Hustlin' Owls from the tournament.

The first half was a half of runs that ended in a 32-32 deadlock. Walsh led 12-6, when Oregon Tech put a 10-point run together to take a 16-12 lead. Walsh then charged back to lead 27-20, when Tech again went on a 10-0 run to take a 30-27 lead. Adam Lesch (Jr., Newark, OH/HS) and Eder Araujo (So., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete Maria de Freitas) paced the Cavs first half attack with 11 and 8 points respectively. Walsh scored the first four points of the second half and never looked back, in out scoring Oregon Tech 49-34. The Cavs shot .543 from the field in the second half and played perhaps their finest 20 minutes of basketball this season. Lesch picked up where he left off in the first half, scoring 12 second half points and leading all scorers with 23 points and nine rebounds. Araujo finished with 14 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Jason Hicks (Jr., Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela-St. Joseph) played another outstanding floor game, scoring 14 points, handing out a game-high nine assists and having three steals. Hicks scored 12 of his points in the second half. Brandon Weems (So., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) came to life in the second half, scoring all of his nine points and grabbing seven rebounds. Walsh committed only ten turnovers, with just three in the second half. The Cavs owned a decisive advantage on the boards for the second straight game, out rebounding the opposition 40-30.

Thursday, March 9, 2006

"Cavs Advance to Sweet 16, Meet Oregon Tech on Friday"

(Point Lookout, MO) NAIA No. 3 and defending National Champion Walsh (26-6) has advanced to the NAIA "Sweet 16" after defeating Tennessee Wesleyan (20-12) 65-50 in a first round game at the NAIA Division II National Championships. The third-seeded Cavaliers will meet # 14 Oregon Tech (25-8) at 2:45 pm (EST) on Friday. Oregon Tech advanced after defeating Northwestern College 92-83. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us. Walsh defeated Oregon Tech 77-70 in the semifinals last year. The two teams also met in 1998, with Oregon Tech winning 81-73 in Nampa, Idaho. This is the fourth time that Walsh has reached the "Sweet 16." They also advanced in 1993, 1996 and last year.

After falling behind 4-0 and 6-3, Walsh took the lead for good at 7-6 at the 15:11 mark on a put-back from Adam Lesch (Jr., Newark, OH/HS). The Cavs would hold the Bulldogs to 17 first half points and lead 29-17 at the half. The main reason for the 12-point first lead was the inside play of Derek Chappell (Jr., Cleveland, OH/Lutheran East). Chappell scored 11 points on 4-6 from the floor and grabbed six rebounds to lead all scorers. The second half was all Walsh, as they quickly extended the lead and led by as many as 23 points (52-29). Chappell led all scorers with 20 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds in 22 minutes. Jason Hicks (Jr., Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela-St. Joseph) added 15 points and was the only other Cavalier to reach double figures. Walsh out rebounded Tennessee Wesleyan 46-30.

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

"Cavs Seeded Third in NAIA Tourney/Meet Tennessee Wesleyan on Thursday, March 9 in First Round Game"

NAIA No. 3 and defending National Champion Walsh (25-6) wlll be seeded third at the National Tournament in Point Lookout, Missouri. The tournament begins on Wednesday, March 8, but for the second straight year the Cavs will play their first game on Thursday, March 9. Walsh will meet Tennessee Wesleyan College (20-11) at 1:45 pm CST (2:45 pm Ohio time). All games are played at the Keeter Gymnasium on the campus of the College of the Ozarks, and all Walsh games will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us.

Tennessee Wesleyan plays in the Appalachian Athletic Conference and is located in Athens, TN. They finished the season 20-11 and lost 91-87 to UVA Wise in the first round of their conference playoffs. The Bulldogs will take a three-game losing streak into the national tournament have lost five of their last seven games. The Cavs and Bulldogs will be meeting for the first time. Each team played King College this season. King is a member of the Appalachian Athletic Conference. Tennessee Wesleyan won the first meeting 79-75, but lost the second 82-81. Walsh defeated King College 72-52 at the Hoops for Healing Classic in December.

Walsh entered last years tournament seeded seventh and with a record of 22-8. They won the American Mideast Conference South Division title (15-3), but lost in the AMC North/South Championship game. This year, the Cavs repeated as AMC South champs and won the AMC North/South title game, 91-67 over Daemen College. Walsh entered last year's tournament on a two-game losing streak. This year, they come into the tourney with a four-game winning streak and with 13 wins in their last 15 games. The Cavs longest winning streak this season is seven and their longest losing streak is two.

The Cavs national tournament trip will be their eighth. Walsh won its first ever national championship last season. The 2005-06 Cavs are only the second team to make back-to-back national tournament appearances and Head Coach Jeff Young is first coach to make back-to-back trips. The Cavs went to the national tourney in 1983 under Bob Huggins and in 1984 under Dan Peters.

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Monday, February 27, 2006

"Cavs (25-6, 15-3) Rip Daemen in AMC Title Game, Ready to Defend National Title"

NAIA No. 3 and defending NAIA National Champion Walsh (25-6, 15-3) prepared to defend its national championship by downing Daemen College (20-11) 91-67 in the American Mideast Conference North/South Championship game last Saturday. Walsh will now wait, along with 31 others team, to see when and who they play at the NAIA National Tournament in Point Lookout, Missouri. First round games are the 8th and 9th of March. All games will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us.

It was a battle early with Daemen, with both teams shooting the ball well. Daemen took their largest lead of the game at 28-22, with 9:26 to play in the first half. Walsh would then go on the run that would decide the ballgame, as they out scored the Wildcats 26-8 to take a 48-36 halftime lead. Corey Jones (So., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) and Jason Hicks (Jr., Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela-St. Joseph) led the Cavs attack with 19 first half points. Jones was a perfect 6-6 from the floor and 5-5 from three-point for 19 points, while Hicks was 4-4 from three-point for 12 points. The Cavs shot .621 from the field (18-29) and .733 (11-15) from three-point in the first half. The second half was all Walsh, as they out scored the Wildcats 43-31. Daemen cut the Walsh lead to eight points at 48-40 with 18:41 to play, but would get no closer. Walsh's largest lead was 28 points (86-58) with 3:34 to play. Jones led all scorers with 23 points. Eder Araujo (So., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete Maria de Freitas) added 17 points, Hicks 14, Adam Lesch (Jr., Newark, OH/HS) 11 and Brandon Weems (So., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) dished out nine assists. Walsh shot .565 from the field and .517 from three-point.

Walsh entered last years tournament seeded seventh and with a record of 22-8. They won the American Mideast Conference South Division title (15-3), but lost in the AMC North/South Championship game. This year, the Cavs repeated as AMC South champs and won the AMC North/South title game, 91-67 over Daemen College. Walsh entered last year's tournament on a two-game losing streak. This year, they come into the tourney with a four-game winning streak and with 13 wins in their last 15 games. The Cavs longest winning streak this season is seven and their longest losing streak is two.

Walsh's 24 regular season wins are the most since 1997-98, when they also won 24 games under the late Steve Loy. The Cavs national tournament trip will be their eighth. Walsh won its first ever national championship last season. The 2005-06 Cavs are only the second team to make back-to-back national tournament appearances and Head Coach Jeff Young is first coach to make back-to-back trips. The Cavs went to the national tourney in 1983 under Bob Huggins and in 1984 under Dan Peters.

Walsh's balanced scoring attack has four players in double figures. Corey Jones (2nd team All-AMC South) leads the team in scoring. Jones is averaging 14.5 points, shooting .520 from the field, .978 from the foul line and .456 from three-point. He has also made a school-record 43 consecutive free throws and is 44-45 for the season from the line. Jason Hicks (1st team All-AMC South) is averaging 13.5 points and is shooting a team-best .478 from three-point and leads the team with 152 assists. Eder Araujo (HM all-AMC South) is averaging 11.7 points and a team-best 6.5 rebounds and is shooting .502 from the field. Derek Chappell (Jr., Cleveland, OH/Lutheran East) is averaging in double figures at 10.1 points and shooting .578 from the floor. Brandon Weems (HM All-AMC South) is averaging to 8.7 points and is shooting .442 from three-point. Weems has also dished out 131 assists and committed only 48 turnovers. Adam Lesch (Jr., Newark, OH/HS) is averaging 7.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and is shooting .497 from the field. As a team, the Cavs are shooting .485 from the field and .432 from three-point. Walsh was tied with Taylor last week as the NAIA's top three-point shooting team.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

"Walsh Captures AMC Crown with Rout of Daemen"

Defending NAIA National Champion and third ranked Walsh University (25-6) won the American Mideast Conference Championship, with a 91-67 rout of AMC North Champion Daemen College (20-11). Both teams will now head to Point Lookout, MO for the NAIA National Championships, March 8-15.

Both teams shot the ball well early, with Daemen taking their largest lead of the game at 28-22, with 9:26 to play in the first half. Walsh would then go on the run that would decide the ballgame, as they out scored the Wildcats 26-8 to take a 48-36 halftime lead. Corey Jones (So., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) (Pictured top right) and Jason Hicks (Jr., Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela-St. Joseph) led the Cavs attack with 19 first half points. Jones was a perfect 6-6 from the floor and 5-5 from three-point for 19 points, while Hicks was 4-4 from three-point for 12 points. The Cavs shot .621 from the field (18-29) and .733 (11-15) from three-point in the first half. The second half was all Walsh, as they out scored the Wildcats 43-31. Daemen cut the lead to eight points at 48-40 with 18:41 to play, but would get no closer. Walsh's largest lead was 28 points (86-58) with 3:34 to play.

Jones led all scorers with 23 points. Eder Arajuo (So., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete Maria de Freitas) (Pictured bottom right) added 17 points, Hicks 14, Adam Lesch (Jr., Newark, OH/HS) 11 and Brandon Weems (So., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) dished out nine assists. Walsh shot .565 from the field and .517 from three-point.

Walsh will find out on Wednesday, when and who they play, when the NAIA announces the tournament field.

Friday, February 24, 2006
For Immediate Release

"Hicks First Team All-AMC South, Cavs Place Four on Team"

NAIA No. 3 Walsh University placed four players on the American Mideast Conference South Division Team. The AMC South Division champion Cavaliers placed one player on the first team, one on the second team and two players honorable mention. Walsh meets Daemen College for the AMC Championship on Saturday at home (7:30 pm), then prepares to defend its NAIA National Championship in Point Lookout, Missouri, March 8-15.

Point guard Jason Hicks (5-10, Jr., Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela-St. Joseph) (Pictured top right) earned first team honors, after being a second team selection last year. Hicks is averaging 13.5 points and is second in the AMC in three-point percentage (.475). He is dishing out 4.8 assists per game and has totaled 145 assists, compared to only 77 turnovers. Hicks dished out a season-high 15 assists in Walsh's Mayor?s Cup win over Malone. He is shooting .465 from the field and .731 from the foul line and is averaging 4.0 rebounds per game.

Sharp-shooting Corey Jones (G, 6-3, So., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) (Pictured bottom right) earned second team All-AMC South honors. Jones was the AMC South Freshman of the Year last year and honorable mention All-AMC. Jones leads the team in scoring (14.2 ppg) with 426 points and has made a Walsh record 41 consecutive free throws. Jones is shooting .977 (42-43) from the foul line, .512 from the field and .449 from three-point. He has dished out 47 assists, with only 24 turnovers.

Eder Araujo (F, 6-11, Fr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete de Freitas) earned honorable mention honors. Araujo is averaging 11.5 points and leads the team in rebounding (6.4). Araujo is shooting .498 from the field, .400 from three-point and .731 from the foul line. Guard Brandon Weems (5-10, So., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) was also named honorable mention. After a slow start, Weems has finished the season with a flourish. He is averaging 8.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists. He has handed out 112 assists and committed only 46 turnovers. Weems is shooting .451 from three-point and leads the team with 51 steals. He was named to the All-Freshmen Team last year.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

"Cavs Third in Final NAIA Rating"

Defending NAIA Division II National Champion Walsh (24-6, 15-3 AMC S) jumped to third in the latest NAIA Top 25 poll. The Cavs were sixth last week. This is the final rating before the NAIA National Tournament, which begins March 8 in Point Lookout, Missouri. Walsh plays its final game before the tournament on Saturday, when they host American Mideast Conference North Champion Daemen College (20-10, 10-4 AMC N) in the AMC North/South Champonship game at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for students. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us.

Monday, February 20, 2006

"Cavs (24-6, 15-3) clinch AMC South Regular Season Crown, Will Return to Branson to Defend National Title"

NAIA No. 6 (new ranking out Wednesday) and defending NAIA National Champion Walsh (24-6, 15-3) closed the regular season with three American Mideast Conference South Division wins to clinch the conference championship, and a return trip to defend its national championship in Missouri. The Cavs defeated Tiffin University on Thursday to clinch the AMC South title. Earlier in the week, the Cavs defeated Ohio Dominican on "Bob Huggins Night," then downed Shawnee State to close the regular season. Walsh will now host Daemen College (20-10, 10-4), the AMC North champion, in the AMC Championship game on Saturday night (7:30 pm). The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us.

Walsh's 24 regular season wins are the most since the 1997-98 season, when they also won 24 games under the late Steve Loy. The Cavs national tournament trip will be their eighth. Walsh won its first ever national championship last season. The 2005-06 Cavs are only the second team to make back-to-back national tournament appearances and Head Coach Jeff Young is first coach to make back-to-back trips. The Cavs went to the national tourney in 1983 under Bob Huggins and in 1984 under Dan Peters.

Walsh snapped its modest one-game losing streak with a 92-61 win over Ohio Dominican University on "Bob Huggins Night". The Cavs honored their former head coach from 1980-83, with halftime ceremonies. Walsh had five players score in double digits, but none better than Derek Chappell (Jr., Cleveland, OH/Lutheran East). Playing perhaps his finest game at Walsh, Chappell scored a career-high 27 points off the bench. The night's other statistical anomaly came from Jason Hicks (Jr., Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela-St. Joseph), who dished out 15 assists to accompany his 12 points, all off three pointers. Corey Jones (So., Avon Lake, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) added 16 points, Eder Araujo (So., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete Maria de Freitas) 12 and Brandon Weems (So., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) 11.

Walsh claimed its second straight AMC South Division title and trip to the NAIA National Championships, after defeating Tiffin University 57-43. Walsh and Tiffin were involved in a defense struggle, which the Cavs led 27-23 at halftime. Walsh began to pull away gradually in the first seven minutes of the second half, expanding their lead to 11 points (40-29) with 12:58 to play. Tiffin would close the lead to seven points (40-33) with 10:41 to play, but would get no closer. For the second straight game, the evening belonged to junior Derek Chappell. After scoring a career-high 27 points against Ohio Dominican, Chappell countered with a 20-point effort off the bench against the Dragons. Chappell was 9-12 from the field and 2-3 from the line in 27 minutes. Corey Jones added 14 points and Brandon Weems 12. The Cavs held the Dragons to 18 field goals and a season low 43 points.

Walsh closed the regular season with an 83-65 win over Shawnee State University. Corey Jones snapped a 9-9 tie with a three-pointer at the 14:23 mark of the first half to give Walsh the lead for good. The Cavs led 39-31 at halftime. Walsh's 18-point lead at the final buzzer matched their largest lead of the game. Derek Chappell capped off a great week, with his third straight game of 20 points or more. Chappell led all scorers with 20 points, shooting 7-13 from the field. Jones added 14 points and Jason Hicks added 11 points.

Walsh makes its second straight AMC Championship game appearance, when they host Daemen College on Saturday night. Daemen finished in a three-way tie for first place in the AMC North with Seton Hill and Point Park, but won the tie-breaker to clinch the automatic berth to the national tournament. This will be the second meeting of the season between the Cavs and Wildcats. Daemen spoiled the Cavs home opener, winning 62-61 on November 15. Thereon Blackwell scored with five seconds to play to give the Wildcats at 62-61 lead. Walsh's Jason Hicks then missed a shot at the buzzer in an attempt to win the game. Joe Olsen led Daemen with 17 points. Corey Jones paced Walsh with 14. The Cavs lead the all-time series 8-3. Daemen had their four-game win streak snapped 75-52 at Seton Hill on Saturday night. Brian Montanero leads the team in scoring (19.1 ppg) and is second in rebounding (5.0). Joe Olsen is averaging 17.3 ppg. The Wildcats have posted wins in four of their last five games.

Walsh's balanced scoring attack has four players in double figures. Corey Jones has taken over the scoring lead from Jason Hicks. The two have traded back and forth the entire season. Jones is averaging 14.2 points, shooting .512 from the field, .977 from the foul line and .449 from three-point. He has also made a school-record 41 consecutive free throws and is 42-43 for the season from the line. Hicks is averaging 13.5 points and is shooting a team-best .475 from three-point and leads the team with 145 assists. Eder Araujo is averaging 11.5 points and a team-best 6.4 rebounds and is shooting .498 from the field. Derek Chappell, whose numbers continue to rise, is averaging in double figures at 10.2 points and shooting .586 from the floor. Brandon Weems has upped his scoring average to 8.8 points and is shooting .451 from three-point. Weems has also dished out 122 assists and committed only 46 turnovers. Adam Lesch (Jr., Newark, OH/HS) is averaging 7.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and is shooting .484 from the field and .754 from the foul line. As a team, the Cavs are shooting .482 from the field and .428 from three-point, which is second in the NAIA.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

"Cavs Close Regular Season with Win over Shawnee State"

NAIA No. 6 Walsh (24-6, 15-3 AMC S) closed the regular season with an 83-65 American Mideast Conference South Division win over Shawnee State University (10-20, 6-12 AMC S). The AMC South champion Cavs have one game to play, before they head to the NAIA National Tournament to defend their national championship, when they host Daemen College in the AMC Championship game next Saturday night (7:30 pm).

Corey Jones (So., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) snapped a 9-9 tie with a three-pointer at the 14:23 mark of the first half to give Walsh the lead for good. The Cavs led 39-31 at halftime. Walsh's 18-point lead at the final buzzer matched their largest lead of the game. Derek Chappell (Jr., Cleveland, OH/Lutheran East) (Pictued top right) capped off a great week, with his third straight game of 20 points or more. Chappell led all scorers with 20 points, shooting 7-13 from the field. He tallied 27 points against Ohio Dominican on Tuesday and 20 at Tiffin on Thursday. Jones added 14 points and Jason Hicks (Jr., Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela-St. Joseph) added 11 points.

Walsh's 24 regular season wins are the most since they went 24-7 under former head coach Steve Loy in 1996-97.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

"Cavs Claim AMC South Title and Repeat Trip to Nationals"

NAIA No. 6 Walsh (23-6, 14-3 AMC S) claimed its second straight American Mideast Conference South Division title and earned a chance to defend its NAIA National Championship, after defeating Tiffin University 57-43 tonight. The Cavs will play two games before heading to Point Lookout, Missouri and the NAIA National Tourmament, March 8-14. Walsh closes the regular season at home against Shawnee State on Saturday (4 pm) and meet Daemen College in the AMC Championship game, at home, on Saturday February 25 (7:30 pm). Pairings for the national tourney will be announced on March 1. The 2005-06 Cavs are only the second team to make back-to-back national tournament appearances and Head Coach Jeff Young is first coach to make back-to-back trips. The Cavs went to the national tourney in 1983 under Bob Huggins and in 1984 under Dan Peters.

Walsh and Tiffin were involved in a defense struggle, which the Cavs led 27-23 at halftime. Walsh began to pull away gradually in the first seven minutes of the second half, expanding their lead to 11 points (40-29) with 12:58 to play. Tiffin would close the lead to seven points (40-33) with 10:41 to play, but would get no closer. For the second straight game, the evening belonged to junior Derek Chappell (Cleveland, OH/Lutheran East) (Pictured top right). After scoring a career-high 27 points in Tuesday's win over Ohio Dominican, Chappell countered with a 20-point effort off the bench against the Dragons. Chappell was 9-12 from the field and 2-3 from the line in 27 minutes. Corey Jones (So., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) added 14 points and Brandon Weems (So., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) 12. The Cavs held the Dragons to 18 field goals and a season low 43 points. Walsh held Ohio Dominican to 48 points on January 17.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

"Cavs Number Six in Latest NAIA Top 25 Poll"

NAIA Division II National Champion Walsh (22-6, 13-3 AMC S) fell on notch to sixth in the latest NAIA Top 25 poll. The Cavs split two games last week. Walsh rebounded from Saturday's loss to Cedarville with a resounding 92-61 win over Ohio Dominican on Tuesday night. The Cavs can clinch the American Mideast Conference South Division regular season title and NAIA National Tournament berth with a win at Tiffin University (15-11, 7-10) tonight. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us.

Walsh needs one win in their final two games, or a loss by Cedarville and Mount Vernon Nazarene, to clinch. Cedarville is home to Malone on Saturday, while Mount Vernon plays host to Urbana. Walsh is home to Shawnee State on Saturday at 2 pm.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

"Walsh Walks Over Ohio Dominican 92-61 on Bob Huggins Night"

NAIA No. 5 Walsh (22-6, 13-3 AMC S) snapped their modest one-game losing streak with a 92-61 win over Ohio Dominican Universitiy (12-14, 7-10 AMC S) in an American Mideast Conference South Division game on Bob Huggins Night. The Cavs honored their former head coach from 1980-83, with halftime ceremonies. Walsh's magic number to clinch the AMC South regular season title is down to one.

Walsh had five players score in double digits, but none better than Derek Chappell (Jr., Cleveland, OH/Lutheran East) (Pictured top right). Playing perhaps his finest game at Walsh, Chappell scored a career-high 27 points off the bench. The night's other statistical anomaly came from Jason Hicks (Jr., Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela-St. Joseph), who dished out 15 assists to accompany his 12 points, all off three pointers. Corey Jones (So., Avon Lake, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) added 16 points, Eder Araujo (So., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete Maria de Freitas) 12 and Brandon Weems (So., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) 11. Haze Massey (11), Austyn Covington (10) and Donta Patterson (10) all scored in double figures for the Panthers.

Defending NAIA Division II National Champion Walsh can clinch their second straight berth to the NAIA National Tournament with a win at Tiffin University on Thursday night. The Cavs beat the Dragons 69-53 at Walsh on November 29. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us. Game time is 8 pm.

Tuesday, January 14, 2006

"Huggins Night Tonight, Cavs Host Ohio Dominican"

Walsh honors former Head Coach Bob Huggins (pictured top right) in halftime ceremonies, during tonight's game with Ohio Dominican University. Game time is 8 pm. Huggins coached the Cavs for three years (1980-83) and compiled a 71-26 record. He led Walsh to two Mid-Ohio Conference titles and to its first District 22 championship and NAIA National Tournament appearance. The Cavs finished 34-1 in Huggins' last season.

Walsh (21-6, 12-3) and Ohio Dominican (12-13, 7-9) meet in an important American Mideast Conference South Division game. Walsh needs two wins to clinch the AMC South regular season title and second straight NAIA National Tournament appearance. The Cavs are defending NAIA Division II champions.

Monday, February 13, 2006

"Cavs (21-6, 12-3) Cavs Retain Mayor's Cup/Fall to Cedarville/Magic Number Two"

NAIA No. 5 (new ranking out Wednesday) and defending NAIA National Champion Walsh (21-6, 12-3) split two American Mideast Conference South Division games last week. Walsh retained the coveted "Mayor's Cup" with a win over Malone College, but fell to Cedarville University. The Cavs magic number to clinch the AMC South regular season championship is two. Cedarville University and Mount Vernon Nazarene are tied for second place in the AMC South with 11-5 records. If Walsh wins two of their remaining three games, they would clinch their second straight AMC regular season title and NAIA National Tournament berth. Walsh can also clinch if they win one game and Mount Vernon and Cedarville each lose one game. This week is the busiest of the season for the Cavs. They host Ohio Dominican University on Tuesday (8 pm), travel to Tiffin University on Thursday (8 pm) and host Shawnee State University (2 pm) on Saturday. All games will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us.

In the most lopsided Mayor's Cup game since 1973-74, Walsh rolled over Malone (13-14, 8-7) 89-66 in an AMC South game. The win was the second straight for the Cavs and their 19th in their last 22 games. Walsh now leads the all-time series with Malone at 54-28 and the Mayor's Cup series at 24-18. Walsh scored first, and led from start to finish in the victory. The Cavs built first half leads of 9-3, 16-5 and 34-16, before taking a 40-24 lead into the locker room. Malone trimmed the lead to 12 points at 57-45 with 12:26 to play, but would get no closer. Walsh held their largest lead at 27 points (86-59) with 2:50 to play. For the second straight game, the Cavs put together a blistering half shooting the ball. After shooting a respectable .483 in the first half, the Cavs shot .682 from the floor in the second half and .571 from three-point. The Cavs shot .569 from the field for the game. Four of five starters reached double figures, led by Derek Chappell (Jr., Cleveland, OH/Lutheran East) and Edur Araujo (So., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete Maria de Freitas), who each tallied 18 points. Araujo also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Corey Jones (So., Avon Lake, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) and Brandon Weems (So., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) were each strong again with 16 and 15 points respectively. Weems also had seven rebounds and six assists. Walsh controlled the boards, out-rebounding the Pioneers 36-21.

Walsh wasted a 15-point first half lead in a 79-71 loss to Cedarville University (20-8, 11-5 AMC S) in an AMC South Division game. Walsh led 32-17 in the first half with 5:28 to play, but had to settle for a 39-31 halftime lead. The Yellow Jackets came out of the locker room in the second half and began to whittle away immediately. By the 18:52 mark, they had chopped the Walsh led to 39-36, before the Cavs shot the lead back to eleven points at 52-41 with 13:10 to play. In the next four minutes, Cedarville would out score the Cavs 17-7 and trim the lead to 59-57 with 6:57 to play. Cedarville would take its first lead of the game at 61-59 on a Mugabe Thomas three-pointer with 6:25 to play. The game would have one more tie at 61-61, before the Yellow Jackets would out score the Cavs 10-0 to take a 71-61 lead with 4:03 to play. Walsh closed to within seven points at 76-69 with 1:55 to play, but would get no closer. Walsh placed all five starters in double figures, led by Brandon Weems and Jason Hicks (Jr., Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela-St. Joseph), who each tallied 13 points. Hicks dished out 10 assists. Eder Araujo added 12 points and 13 rebounds, while Derek Chappell tallied 12 points and eight rebounds. The loss was the first for the Cavs when leading at halftime.

Walsh plays host to Ohio Dominican University (12-13, 7-9 AMC S) on Tuesday. At halftime, the Cavs will honor former Head Coach Bob Huggins. Huggins coached the Cavs for three years (1980-83) and compiled a 71-26 record. He led Walsh to its first-ever Mid-Ohio Conference and District 22 championship and NAIA National Tournament appearance. The Cavs finished 34-1 in Huggins' last season. Walsh edged Ohio Dominican 49-48 in Columbus on January 17. The Panthers lost to Mount Vernon on Saturday and have dropped two of their last three games. Walsh leads the all-time series 55-20 and has won the last three meetings. The Cavs travel to Tiffin University (15-10, 7-9 AMC S) in search of a season series sweep on Thursday. The Cavs won 87-63 over the Dragons on November 29. Tiffin downed Rio Grande on Saturday night to snap a three-game losing skid. Walsh leads the all-time series 48-21 and has won the last three meetings. Walsh also looks for a series sweep when they host Shawnee State (9-19, 5-11 AMC S) on Saturday in the final regular season game. Walsh defeated the Bears 81-70 on December 7 to snap a five-game losing streak against Shawnee State. The Cavs lead the all-time series 21-13. Shawnee State has dropped eight of its last ten games.

Walsh's balanced scoring attack still has three players in double figures. In a see-saw battle for the team scoring lead, Jason Hicks has a slight lead over Corey Jones. Hicks (383) has scored one more point than Jones (382) in 27 games. Hicks is averaging 14.2 points and is shooting a team-best .470 from three-point and leads the team with 122 assists. Jones is averaging 14.1 points, shooting .506 from the field, .977 from the foul line and .442 from three-point. He has also made a school-record 41 consecutive free throws and is 42-43 for the season from the line. Eder Araujo is averaging 11.9 points and a team-best 6.7 rebounds and is shooting .507 from the field. Derek Chappell, whose numbers continue to rise, is averaging 8.8 points and shooting .564 from the floor. Adam Lesch (Jr., Newark, OH/HS) is averaging 7.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and is shooting .500 from the field and .780 from the foul line. Brandon Weems has upped his scoring average to 8.6 points and is shooting .426 from three-point. Weems has dished out 108 assists and committed only 42 turnovers. As a team, the Cavs are shooting .478 from the field and .419 from three-point. .

Saturday, February 11, 2006

"Cavs Waste 15-Point Lead, Then Game to Cedarville"

(North Canton, OH) NAIA No. 5 Walsh (21-6, 12-3 AMC S) wasted a 15-point first half lead in a 79-71 loss to Cedarville University (20-8, 11-5 AMC S) in an American Mideast Conference South Division game. The loss keeps Walsh's magic number at two to clinch the AMC South and NAIA National Tournament berth.

Walsh led 32-17 in the first half with 5:28 to play, but had to settle for a 39-31 halftime lead. The Yellow Jackets came out of the locker room in the second half and began to whittle away immediately. By the 18:52 mark, they had chopped the Walsh led to 39-36, before the Cavs shot the lead back to eleven points at 52-41 with 13:10 to play. In the next four minutes, Cedarville would out score the Cavs 17-7 and trim the lead to 59-57 with 6:57 to play. Cedarville would take its first lead of the game at 61-59 on a Mugabe Thomas three-pointer with 6:25 to play. The game would have one more tie at 61-61, before the Yellow Jackets would out score the Cavs 10-0 to take a 71-61 lead with 4:03 to play. Walsh closed to within seven points at 76-69 with 1:55 to play, but would get no closer.

Thomas played his finest game of the season with 30 points on 12-20 from the floor and 6-10 from three-point. Walsh placed all five starters in double figures, led by Brandon Weems (So., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) and Jason Hicks (Jr., Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela-St. Joseph), who each tallied 13 points. Hicks dished out 10 assists. Edur Araujo (So., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete Maria de Freitas) added 12 points and 13 rebounds, while Derek Chappell (Jr., Cleveland, OH/Lutheran East) tallied 12 points and eight rebounds. The loss was the first for the Cavs when leading at halftime.

Walsh is home to Ohio Dominican University on Tuesday at 8 pm. The Cavs will honor former head coach Bob Huggins in halftime ceremonies. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us

Wednesday, February 8, 2006

"Cavs Back to 5th in Latest NAIA Top 25"

Walsh (21-5, 11-2 AMC S) fell two spots to number five in the latest NAIA Top 25 Poll. Walsh's loss to 19th ranked Mount Vernon Nazarene led to the drop. Walsh has since won twice in commanding fashion, 95-63 at Rio Grande last Saturday and 89-66 over Malone in the Mayor's Cup game yesterday. The Cavs host Cedarville University on Saturday at 4 pm. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us.

Tuesday, February 7, 2006

"Cavs Keep Mayor's Cup, Rout Malone 89-66"

In the most lopsided Mayor's Cup game since 1973-74, NAIA No. 3 Walsh (21-5, 12-2) rolled over Malone College (13-14, 8-7) 89-66 in an American Mideast Conference South game. The win was the second straight for the Cavs and their 19th in their last 22 games. Walsh now leads the all-time series with Malone at 54-28 and the Mayor's Cup series at 24-18.

Walsh scored first and led from start to finish in the victory. The Cavs built first half leads of 9-3, 16-5 and 34-16, before taking a 40-24 lead into the locker room. Malone trimmed the lead to 12 points at 57-45 with 12:26 to play, but would get no closer. Walsh held their largest lead at 27 points, at 86-59 with 2:50 to play. For the second straight game, the Cavs put together a blistering half shooting the ball. After shooting a respectable .483 in the first half, the Cavs shot .682 from the floor in the second half and .571 from three-point. The Cavs shot .569 from the the field for the game. Four of five starters reached double figures, led by Derek Chappell (Jr., Cleveland, OH/Lutheran East) PICTURED TOP RIGHT and Edur Araujo (So., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete Maria de Freitas), PICTURED BOTTOM RIGHT who each tallied 18 points. Araujo also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Corey Jones (So., Avon Lake, OH/St. Vincent-St.Mary) and Brandon Weems (So., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) were each strong again with 16 and 15 points respectively. Weems also had seven rebounds and six assists. Walsh controlled the boards, out rebounding the Pioneers 36-21.

The Cavs are home to Cedarville University at 4 pm on Saturday. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us.

Monday, February 6, 2006

"Cavs (20-5, 11-2) Split Games, Ranked Third, Face Big Week with Malone and Cedarville, Also tied as Ohio's Winningest Team"

NAIA No. 3 (new ranking out Wednesday) and defending NAIA National Champion Walsh (20-5, 11-2) had their seven-game win streak snapped at Mount Vernon Nazarene, before starting a new streak with a 32-point rout of the University of Rio Grande. The win was number twenty for Head Coach Jeff Young (48-17), who is in his second full year. Walsh's 20-win season is their 17th all-time. The Cavs are one of only two Ohio schools to have registered a 20-win season. The College of Wooster is the other. The Cavs lead second place Cedarville University (15-8, 10-4) by 1 1/2 games in the American Mideast Conference South Division. Walsh's magic number to clinch the regular season crown and automatic berth to the NAIA Division Two National Tournament is four. The Cavs host the Yellow Jackets on Saturday (4 pm) as part of Wall of Fame Weekend. First, however, Walsh plays host to Malone College (13-13, 8-6) in the 42nd annual Mayor's Cup game on Tuesday at 8 pm. Both games will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us.

For the second time this season, Mount Vernon Nazarene University snapped a Walsh winning streak. On January 2, the Cougars won 75-66 to snap Walsh's four-game win streak, and last Tuesday, won 77-66 to snap the Cavs seven-game winning streak. Walsh trailed 17-16 in the first half, when the Cougars closed the period with a 19-7 run to lead 36-23. The Cavs closed to within five points at 54-49 with 11 minutes to play, but would get no closer. Walsh shot just .382 from the field and .304 (7-23) from three-point, in suffering just their third loss in their last 20 games. Brandon Weems (So., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) paced the Cavs with 16 points, all in the second half. Derek Chappell (Jr., Cleveland, OH/Lutheran East) added 15 points and Jason Hicks (Jr., Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela-St. Joseph) 12.

Walsh sizzled from the field in a 95-63 romp over the University of Rio Grande on Saturday. Walsh shot .610 (36-59) from the field and .640 (16-25) from behind the arc. The win was Walsh's 18th in their last 21 games. After leading 4-2 in the early moments of the game, the Cavs caught fire, while the Redmen went ice cold. Walsh went on a 27-2 run to lead 31-4. They would extend the lead to 41-11, before taking a 55-28 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Cavs opened the second half by hitting their first eight shots, and were shooting over 70% from the field with 12 minutes to play. Brandon Weems picked up right where he left off at Mount Vernon on Tuesday. After being held scoreless in the first half at Mount Vernon, Weems scored 16 second half points. Against Rio, Weems led all scorers with 23 points, connecting on 7-9 from the field and 6-8 from three-point. He also dished out eight assists and grabbed five rebounds. Corey Jones (So., Avon Lake, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) hit 7-8 from the floor to finish with 17 points, while Jason Hicks (Jr., Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela-St. Joseph) and Derek Chappell added 14 points each. Chappell has scored in double figures in three straight games and in seven of the 13 games that he has started.

Walsh and Malone (13-13, 8-6) meet in the 42nd annual Mayor's Cup game, at Walsh on Tuesday. The Pioneers are playing their best basketball of the season, having won three-straight games and seven of their last eight games. They are 7-1 since Walsh won 59-54 on January 10th at Malone. Walsh leads the all-time series 53-28 and the Mayor's Cup series 23-18. Walsh has won the last six "Cup" games and retired the trophy for the fourth time last season. Walsh has won 10 of the last 11 Mayor's Cup contests. Walsh and Cedarville (15-8, 10-4) battle at Walsh on Saturday. The Cavs won the first meeting, 60-58, on a Derek Chappell lay up in the final seconds at Cedarville on January 21. The Yellow Jackets then lost their next two games, but have rebounded to win their last two games. Walsh leads the all-time series 35-34.

Walsh's balanced scoring attack still has three players in double figures. In a see-saw battle for the team scoring lead, Jason Hicks has a slight lead over Corey Jones. Hicks (363) has scored eight more points than Jones (355) in 25 games. Hicks is averaging 14.5 points and is shooting a team-best .484 from three-point and leads the team with 103 assists. Jones is averaging 14.2 points, shooting .514 from the field, .976 from the foul line and .448 from three-point. He has also made a school-record 39 consecutive free throws and is 40-41 for the season from the line. Eder Araujo is averaging 11.6 points and a team-best 6.3 rebounds and is shooting .505 from the field. Adam Lesch (Jr., Newark, OH/HS), who returned from an ankle injury after missing two games, is averaging 8.3 points and 5.9 rebounds. Lesch is shooting .489 from the field and .807 from the foul line. Derek Chappell, whose numbers continue to rise, is averaging 8.1 points and shooting .549 from the floor. Brandon Weems, who averaged 18.6 points last week, has dished out 100 assists and committed only 41 turnovers. As a team, the Cavs are shooting .476 from the field and .426 from three-point.

Saturday, February 4, 2006

"Cavs Sizzle in Romp at Rio Grande"

(Rio Grande, OH) NAIA No. 3 Walsh (20-5, 11-2) sizzled from the field in a 95-63 romp over the University of Rio Grande (9-17, 3-11) in an American Mideast Conference South Division contest. Walsh shot .610 (36-59) from the field and .640 (16-25) from behind the arc. The win snaps a modest one-game losing streak, and was Walsh's 18th win in their last 21 games. The Cavs magic number to clinch the AMC South crown and an automatic berth in the NAIA Division II National Tournament is four.

After leading 4-2 in the early moments of the game, the Cavs caught fire, while the Redmen went ice cold. Walsh went on a 27-2 run to lead 31-4. They would extend the lead to 41-11, before taking a 55-28 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Cavs opened the second half by hitting their first eight shots, and were shooting over 70% from the field with 12 minutes to play. Brandon Weems (So., Akron, OH/St. Viincent-St. Mary) picked up right where he left off at Mount Vernon on Tuesday. After being held scoreless in the first half at Mount Vernon, Weems scored 16 second half points. Against Rio, Weems led all scorers with 23 points, connecting on 7-9 from the field and 6-8 from three-point. He also dished out eight assists and grabbed five rebounds. Corey Jones (So., Avon Lake, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) hit 7-8 from the floor to finish with 17 points, while Jason Hicks (Jr., Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela-St. Joseph) and Derek Chappell (Jr., Cleveland, OH/Luthern East) added 14 points each. Hicks also dished out six assists.

The Cavs and Malone meet in the annual Mayor's Cup game, at Walsh, on Tuesday night at 8 pm. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the interent at www.wcer.us.

Thursday, February 2, 2006

"Cavs Rise to Third in Latest NAIA Top 25"

Walsh (19-5, 10-2) jumped two places to number three in the latest NAIA Top 25 Poll. The Cavs passed Northwestern Iowa and Southern Oregon, who each lost last week. The Cavs were ranked no higher than fourth last season, when they won the NAIA National Championship.

The Cavs are on the road Saturday night at the University of Rio Grande at 8 pm. The game will be broadcast live on 900 AM WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

"Cougars Snap Cavs Seven Game Win Streak, Sweep Season Series"

(Mount Vernon, OH) For the second time this season, Mount Vernon Nazarene University (17-8, 8-5) snapped a Walsh (19-5, 10-2) winning streak. On January 2, the Cougars won 75-66 to snap Walsh's four-game win streak, and tonight MVNU won 77-66 to snap the fifth ranked Cavs seven-game winning streak. Walsh's magic number to clinch the American Mideast Conference South title, and second straight NAIA National Tournament berth, remains at five. Walsh trailed 17-16 in the first half, when the Cougars closed the period with a 19-7 run to lead 36-23. The Cavs closed to within five points at 54-49 with 11 minutes to play, but would get no closer. Walsh shot just .382 from the field and .304 (7-23) from three-point, in suffering just their third loss in their last 20 games. Brandon Weems (So., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) paced the Cavs with 16 points, all in the second half. Derek Chappell (Jr., Cleveland, OH/Luthern East) added 15 points and Jason Hicks (Jr., Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela-St. Joseph) 12.

The Cavs play at the University of Rio Grande on Saturday night at 8 pm. The game will be broadcast live on 900 AM WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us.

Saturday, January 28, 2005

"Cavs Rout Bulldogs, Araujo Pours in 24"

NAIA No. 5 Walsh (19-4, 10-1) won its seventh straight game and 17th in the last 19, defeating Wilberforce University (5-16, 4-8) 94-70 in an American Mideast Conference South Division game. Walsh shot a blistering .633 from the floor in building a 46-32 halftime lead. In the second half, the Cavs outscored the Bulldogs 48-38 and led by as many as 31 points (81-50).

Eder Araujo (So., Sao Paulo, Brazil) (Pictued top right) paced the Cavs with 24 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Araujo scored 14 points in