2006-07 Archive

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

"Lesch Named NAIA Honorable Mention All-American"

Walsh University's Adam Lesch (6-8, Sr., Newark, OH/HS) has been named honorable mention NAIA All-American. It is the first time that Lesch has been selected to the team. Walsh's only first-team All-American Mideast Conference South selection, Lesch led the AMC in field goal percentage (.606), while averaging a career-best 12.8 points and 6.2 rebounds. He also shot .771 from the free throw line. A two-time AMC Player of the Week selection, Lesch led the Cavs in scoring five times, and scored a career-high 28 points against Saint Francis (IN). Lesch played in 128 games at Walsh, and scored 1,091 points. A business major, Lesch carries a 3.94 grade point average.


Monday, March 12, 2007

"Cavs (28-6, 15-3 AMC S) Cavs Fall in Sweet 16"

Walsh's (28-6, 15-3 AMC S) dream of a national championship ended, when they were defeated in the second round of the NAIA National Championships last Friday in Point Lookout, MO. After downing King College (TN) 78-69 in the opening game of the tournament on March 7, the Cavs fell 78-56 to Cornerstone University in the "Sweet 16." The Cavs 28 wins are the most since 1995-96, when they reached the Final Four, and went 31-5 under the late Steve Loy. The 28 wins do represent the most under current Head Coach Jeff Young. Under Young, the Cavs won the national championship in 2005, reached the Elite 8 last year and Sweet 16 this year. His three-year record stands at 83-25, good for a .769 winning percentage, best in Walsh history.

Brandon Weems (Jr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St Mary) and Corey Jones (Jr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) combined for 28 points in Walsh's opening round win, with each scoring 14 points. Weems also handed out 10 assists, to become Walsh's all-time single season assist leader. He finished the year with 237, breaking the mark of 222 set by Bob Boldon in 1995-96. Weems finishes the season as the NAIA's leader in assist per game, with 7.4 per game. He is the first Cavalier to lead the NAIA in any offensive category. The Cavs bench played a big part in the win scoring 25 points. Brandon Speck (Fr., Mansfield, OH/St. Peter's) hit four three-pointers and finished with 12 points, while Derek Chappell (Sr., Cleveland, OH/Lutheran East) tallied 10 points. Walsh shot .574 from the field and .583 from three-point.

In the Cavs second round match-up with Cornerstone, all the weapons that were so vital in game one, were non-existent in game two. They shot just .368 from the field and only .158 (3-19) from three-point range in the loss. It seemed to be a combination of things in game two for Walsh. One was the fact that they were playing their second straight 8:30 am game, and other was that Cornerstone played perhaps its finest game of the season against them. The Golden Eagles shot .536 from the field, and out-rebounded the Cavs (35-32). The 78 points allowed by the Cavs were the most since Malone scored 79 on March 3. In the end, the Cavs just didn't have the legs to stay with the Golden Eagles. Adam Lesch (Sr., Newark, OH/HS) scored a team-high 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds in his final game for the Cavs. Lesch, the only Walsh player to earn first-team Mid-Ohio Conference honors, shot a league-leading .606 from the field and averaged 12.8 points. The Cavs also missed the talents of guard Jason Hicks (Sr., Cleveland, OH/Villa-Angela St. Joseph), who missed the tournament due to a broken bone in his foot, suffered in Walsh's AMC Playoff win over Ohio Dominican. With Hicks out, Weems played 79 minutes in Walsh's two games.

Corey Jones led the Cavs in scoring (14.5 ppg) and free throw percentage (.857) for the season. Eder Araujo (Jr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete de Freitas) led the Cavs in rebounding (8.6), and Brandon Speck paced the team in three-point percentage (.467). Walsh will return eight letter winners in 2007, and will lose five.


Friday, March 9, 2007

"Cornerstone Ousts Cavs From NAIA Tourney"

(Point Lookout, MO) Walsh's (28-6) dream of a second NAIA title in three years ended today, when they were defeated 78-56 by Cornerstone University (25-9) in the second round of the NAIA Division II National Tournament. The loss ends Walsh's season, and seven-game win streak, while Cornerstone advances to the NAIA Elite Eight.

Walsh led 12-7 early in the game, when Cornerstone went on a 10-0 run to take the lead for good. The Cavs last lead was 12-11, with 12:30 remaining in the first half. Cornerstone led by as many as 11 points (31-20), when the Cavs used an 8-0 to close the gap to three points (31-28). The Cavs trailed 37-32 at the half.

Walsh started the second half strong, and closed to within one-point at 39-38 in the early moments of the half. The Cavs then closed to 42-40 on an Adam Lesch (Sr., Newark, OH/HS) lay-up with 17:02 to play, it would be as close as they would come the remainder of the game. Cornerstone then cut loose with a 21-5 run that put the game out of reach. Walsh shot only 3-19 from beyond the arc, and only 2-10 in the second half, while the hot-shooting Golden Eagles were 15-25 (.600) from the field in the second half, and 6-10 from three-point.

Adam Lesch, in his final game for the Cavs, scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Josh Johnson (So., Warren, OH/Harding) was 5-5 from field, and ended with 13 points. Derek Chappell (Sr., Cleveland, OH/Lutheran East) added 10 points off the bench. Cornerstone big-man, John Jonker, led all scorers with 24 points. Cornerstone placed five players in double figurers.


Wednesday, March 7, 2007

"Weems, Bench, Lead Cavs to 78-69 NAIA Tourney Win/Cornerstone Next"

(Point Lookout, MO) Walsh (28-5) has advanced to the second round of the 16th annual NAIA Division II National Tournament, after defeating King College (23-11) 78-69 in the opening game of the tournament. Walsh will play Friday morning, once again at 8:30 EST, against Cornerstone University (MI). The Golden Eagles (24-9) defeated Sioux Falls (SD) 74-60. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

After King vaulted out to an 11-4 lead, Walsh rallied to lead 38-32 at the half. Eder Araujo (Jr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete de Freitas) had 10 first half points and Corey Jones (Jr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) added 10. Brandon Weems (Jr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary), who was on the way to his fourth double-double of the year, had six first half assists. Walsh extended the lead to nine points early in the second half, but could not put away the Tornadoes. With Walsh on top 61-51, King rallied to cut the lead to 61-60. But Walsh went on a 9-1 run to put the game away. Weems, along with the Cavs bench, proved to be the catalyst. Weems scored 14 points and handed out 10 assists and is now the all-time single season assist leader with 231. Jones added 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds, with Araujo chipping 12 points. The Walsh bench, led by Brandon Speck (Fr., Mansfield, OH/St. Peter's) and Derek Chappell (Sr., Cleveland, OH/Lutheran East). Speck was 4-5 from three-point range and finished with 12 points, while Chappell added 10 points. Speck's final three-pointer gave Walsh a 71-61 lead and proved to be the final nail in the coffin of the Tornadoes.

Walsh shot .574 from the field (31-54), including .625 (15-24) in the second half. The Cavs also connected on 7-12 (.583) from the three-point arc and shot .692 (9-13) from the foul line. The Cavs out rebounded King 32-24 and held the Tornadoes to just .439 from the field.

Walsh's 28 wins are the most since 1995-96, when they finished 31-5 and reached the NAIA Final Four under Steve Loy.


Monday, March 5, 2007

"Cavs Getting Ready for Branson and NAIA National Tournament"

Wed. 7 vs. King College 9:30 AM EST (AM 900 WCER, www.wcer.us )

Walsh (27-5) makes its third straight trip to the NAIA Division II National Championships this week in Branson, Missouri. Walsh is the eighth seed, and will play non-seeded King College (TN) (23-10) in the first game of the tournament, at 9:30 am EST on March 7. King reached the tournament by winning the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament Championship. This will be the second meeting between the two teams. Walsh downed King 72-52 in the Hoops for Healing Tournament, at Malone last year. If Walsh wins, they play the winner of the Sioux Falls (SD) (28-4)/Cornerstone (MI) (23-9) game on Friday morning at 9:30 am EST.

The Cavs became the first American Mideast Conference team to win a National Championship, when they won the 2005 crown. Last season, the Cavs reached the Elite 8. This is the first time in school history that the Cavs have made three straight NAIA Tourney appearances. Walsh's 27 wins are the most of any school, at any level, in the state of Ohio. Walsh finished the regular season 24-5, and 15-3 in the AMC South. The Cavs tied for the regular season crown with Cedarville University and Mount Vernon Nazarene, and won the AMC Tournament Championship. Walsh has won the AMC South title outright the last two years, and is the first AMC team to win, or at least have a share of the title three straight years. Walsh also won three straight titles (1981-1984) when the conference was named the Mid-Ohio Conference.

Head Coach Jeff Young (82-24) is in his third full year as head coach. Walsh was 7th in the final NAIA poll, and was ranked as high as number two. The Cavs put together a 16-game win streak during the season, and have won six straight games, and 22 of their last 24 games. Point guard Brandon Weems (5-10, Jr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) leads the NAIA in assists (7.4) and is two away from becoming Walsh's single season leader.He is averaging 9.0 points and shooting .429 from three-point range, and was named honorable mention AMC South Division.Corey Jones (6-3, Jr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) leads the Cavs in scoring (14.9 ppg), and is shooting .438 from three-point and .854 from the foul line.Jones was second-team AMC South.

Adam Lesch (6-8, Sr., Newark, OH/HS) is the only Cavalier to earn first-team accolades.Lesch leads the AMC in field goal percentage (.612) and is averaging 12.8 points and 6.2 rebounds.The Cavs will be without senior guard Jason Hicks (5-10, Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela-St. Joseph) for the start of the tournament.Hicks suffered a broken bone in his right foot in the Cavs AMC quarterfinal playoff win over Ohio Dominican University. Hicks was honorable mention NAIA All-American last season and is averaging 12.7 points and shooting .407 from three-point. Hicks is hoping to play if the Cavs reach the quarterfinals.

Walsh is holding their opponents to a league-low 68.2 points per game, and has held six of their last nine opponents to under 62 points.The Cavs are 10-4 away from home and 7-2 in Branson the last two years.


Wednesday, Febraury 28, 2007

"Cavs Draw No. 8 Seed, Play King College (TN) in First Game of Tournament"

Walsh (27-5) has drawn the eighth seed in the upcoming NAIA Division II National Tournament, and will play non-seeded King College (TN) (23-10) in the first game of the tournament, at 9:30 am EST on March 7. King reached the tournament by winning the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament Championship. This will be the second meeting between the two teams. Walsh downed King 72-52 in the Hoops for Healing Tournament, at Malone last year. If Walsh wins, they play the winner of the Sioux Falls (SD) (28-4)/Cornerstone (MI) (23-9) game on Friday morning at 9:30 am EST.

Walsh brings a six-game win streak into the tournament, and has won 22 of their last 24 games. Walsh won the NAIA National Championship two years ago, and reached the Elite 8 last year. King College finished 13-5 in conference play, and defeated Montreat College 100-89 in the tournament championship game. They have won their last six games, and 15 of their last 16 games.

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

Tournament Bracket: http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/naia/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/weekly-release.pdf


Tuesday, February 27, 2007

"Walsh Uses First Half Spurt to Win AMC Tournament Championship"

(North Canton, OH) Walsh University (27-5) used a 12-0 first half run, on their way to a 78-61 win over Notre Dame College in the American Mideast Conference Tournament championship game at Walsh tonight.The Cavs, who have won six straight games and 22 of their last 24, are headed to Branson, Missouri for the NAIA Division II National Tournament.Walsh, who won the National Championship in 2004-05, and reached the Elite-Eight last year, will be making a school record third consecutive trip. Pairings for the National Tournament will be announced on Wednesday.

Notre Dame led 15-12, with 9:37 to play in the first half, when the Cavs went on a12-0 run to take the lead for good.Walsh hit three three-pointers, one by Brandon Speck (Fr., Mansfield, OH/St. Peter's), which tied the game at 15, and two others by Brandon Weems (So., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary), which gave the Cavs a 27-15 lead.The Cavs then took a 41-30 lead into the locker room.

Walsh extended the lead back to 14 points (49-35) with 12:34 to play, when the Blue Falcons went on a 13-3 run to cut the lead to 52-48 with 9:43 to play.Walsh, however, would score the next seven points, and would never be challenged again. The final margin of 17 points was the largest lead of the game.

Walsh's balanced attack was led by Weems' 18 points.He connected on 6-8 from the field, and 3-3 from three-point while dishing out seven assists.Weems is one assist shy of tying Bob Boldon's season single mark of 222.Adam Lesch (Sr., Newark, OH/HS) added 16 points and nine rebounds, while Eder Araujo (Jr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete de Freitas) and Eric Love (So., Lorain, OH/Mt. Pleasant) each added 11 points.Walsh out-rebounded Notre Dame 39-31, while shooting .509 from the field and .471 from three-point.Both teams took great care of the ball.Walsh had just four turnovers, while the Falcons had seven.Jerome Pierce led Notre Dame with 18 points.


Tuesday, February 27, 2007

"Walsh University's Adam Lesch First-Team All-AMC South, Three Others Named"

Walsh University (26-5, 15-3 AMC S) placed four players on the American Mideast Conference All-South Team.Walsh, which heads to the NAIA Division Two National Tournament for the third straight year next week, placed one player on each the first, second, third and honorable mention teams.

Senior forward Adam Lesch (6-8, Newark, OH/HS) earned first-team honors for the first time.Lesch has had his finest season, leading the AMC in field goal percentage (.616), while averaging a career-best 12.6 points and grabbing 6.1 rebounds per game.He was named AMC Player of the Week twice, and went over the 1,000 mark this season.Lesch is also one of the Cavs' best free throw shooters (.780), and is second in blocked shots (21).

Shooting guard Corey Jones (6-3, Jr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) was named second team.Jones leads the Cavs in scoring (15.2), and is fifth in the AMC in three-point shooting (.439).Jones is also shooting (.485) from the field, and a team-best .850 from the free throw line.He is also averaging 3.4 rebounds.Jones also went over 1,000 points this season.

Eder Araujo (7-0, Jr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete de Freitas) was selected third-team.He was honorable mention last year.Araujo leads the Cavs, and is second in the AMC in rebounding (8.8), while averaging 12.1 points per game.Araujo shot .494 from the field, and led the Cavs with 30 blocked shots.

Brandon Weems (5-10, Jr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary), who leads the NAIA in assists (7.4), was named honorable mention.Weems has 222 assists, and is eight shy of tying Bob Boldon's single season mark, set in 1995-96).Weems is averaging 8.7 points, and is shooting .407 from behind the arc.His 3.05 assist to turnover ratio is second in the AMC.


Saturday, February 24, 2007

"Walsh Advances to AMC Title Game"

NAIA No. 7 Walsh University (26-5) advances to the American Mideast Conference Tournament Championship game, after defeating Roberts Wesleyan College (16-14) 92-72.Walsh, the top seed the AMC South, meets Notre Dame College, the top seed in the North, at 7:30 pm on Tuesday.Notre Dame reached the title game after upsetting NAIA No. 10 Mount Vernon Nazarene University 102-101 in overtime earlier today.Notre Dame must win to advance to the NAIA National Tournament.Walsh is already assured an at-large berth, and will be making their third straight trip.

Behind ten first half points from Corey Jones (Jr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary), Walsh led 39-33 at halftime, despite the fact that Roberts Wesleyan shot .519 from the field in the first half. The second half was all Walsh, as the Cavs shot 21-27 (.778) from the field and out scored the Raiders 53-39.The Cavs also hit 8-10 (.800) from behind the arc in the second half. Walsh opened the game up early in the second half, out scoring the Raiders 12-4 in the first five minutes of the half.Walsh would then bust the game wide open, and held their largest lead at 88-65 with 3:24 to play.

Walsh placed four players in double figures, led by Eder Araujo's (Jr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete de Freitas) 19 points and game-high nine rebounds.Jones added 16 points and Derek Chappell (Sr., Cleveland, OH/Lutheran East) scored 15 points off the bench. Brandon Weems (Jr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) dished out 13 assists and is only eight shy of tying Bob Bolden's single season mark of 222. Roberts Wesleyan's Alfonso Evans led all scorers with 31 points.


Wednesday, February 21, 2007

"Walsh Advances in AMC Qualifying Tournament/Roberts Wesleyan Next"

NAIA No. 7 Walsh University (25-5) advanced to the semifinals of the American Mideast Conference Qualifying Tournament, with an 80-65 win over Ohio Dominican University (15-16). Walsh will now play Roberts Wesleyan on Saturday night at 7:30 pm. Roberts downed Daemen 77-74 tonight. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER, and on the Internet at www.wcer.us. Walsh has already clinched an at-large berth to upcoming NAIA Division II National Tournament in Branson, MO (3/7-13).

Walsh led from start to finish tonight. There were three ties in the first half, the final one at 13-13.Walsh took the lead for good at the 6:31 mark on a jumper from Josh Johnson (So., Warren, OH/Harding).Adam Lesch (Sr., Newark, OH/HS) and Brandon Weems (Jr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-ST. Mary) scored eight points each in the first half, as the Cavs took a 28-23 lead into the locker room.The second half was all Walsh, as they shot .567 from the floor in the second half and led by as many as 17 points (70-53) with 3:42 to play.

Walsh placed five players in double figures, led by Eder Araujo's (Jr., Sao Paulo, Brazil) game-high 19 points. Weems, who leads the NAIA in assists, dished out eight, and scored 17 points.Corey Jones (Jr., Avon Lake, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) added 11, while Lesch and Johnson each scored 11 points each.Bryan West led Ohio Dominican with 16 points.


Wednesday, February 21, 2007

"Cavs Move to 7th in Latest NAIA Top 25/Earn At-Large Bid to National Tournament"

Walsh (25-5) moved up one notch, to number seven, in the final regular season NAIA Top 25 poll. The Cavs host an opening round American Mideast Conference Qualifying playoff game against Ohio Dominican University (15-15) tonight at 7:30 pm. With their number seven ranking, Walsh has qualified as an at-large for the NAIA Division II National Tournament in Branson, MO (3/7-13). The Cavs can still qualify as the tournament champion, if they win the AMC Qualifying Tournament. This is the first time in school history that Walsh has qualified three consecutive years. The Cavs won the NAIA Championship in 2005 and reached the Elite Eight last year.

NAIA Top 25


Monday, February 19, 2007

"Cavs' (24-5, 15-3 AMC S) Tri-Champs in AMC South/Open Playoffs at Home"

NAIA No. 8 (new ranking released 2/21) Walsh (24-5, 15-3 AMC S) finished the regular season with two American Mideast Conference South wins, and finished as tri-champions with Cedarville University and Mount Vernon Nazarene. It is the first time since the 1980's that Walsh has won, or shared the conference title three consecutive years. Walsh won its first conference title under Bob Huggins in 1982, and then repeated under Huggins in 1983. They then won their third straight crown under Dan Peters in 1984. Cedarville wins the tie-breaker over Walsh and Mount Vernon and receives the automatic bid to the NAIA Division Championships in Branson, MO, March 7-13. Walsh, with their number eight NAIA ranking, is all but assured a berth at the National Tournament as an at-large, if they fail to win the AMC Qualifying Tournament. The eight-team tournament begins on February 21. The Cavs, the top seed in the tournament, will play fourth-seeded Ohio Dominican University on at 7:30 pm. If the Cavs win, they play the winner of the Daemen-Roberts Wesleyan game on Saturday. All games will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

After having their game with Shawnee State postponed two days because of the weather, the Cavs wasted no time in getting to a big lead in the game on Thursday. They shot .615 from the floor in the first half in building a 41-22 halftime lead. The Cavs then went on to post a 69-61 victory. Adam Lesch (Sr., Newark, OH/HS) went over the 1,000 point mark at the 10:09 mark of the half, and finished with a game-high 26 points. Lesch connected on 9-10 shots from the field. Corey Jones (Jr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) added 15 points.

Walsh put the game away in the first half on Saturday at Wilberforce, leading by as many as 21 points, and by 14 points (37-23) at the break. The Cavs won by a final score of 67-55. Walsh shot .536 in the first half, with Jason Hicks (Sr., Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela St. Joseph) scoring 11 of his team leading 16 points in the first half. Hicks also went over the 1,000 point mark in his Walsh career. He connected on three three-pointers for the Cavs, who finished the game 8-18 (.444) from beyond the arc. Corey Jones (Jr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) added 12 points and Adam Lesch (Sr., Newark, OH.HS) 10. Eder Araujo (Jr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete de Freitas) grabbed a game high 10 rebounds and Brandon Weems (Jr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) dished out seven assists.

Walsh and Ohio Dominican (15-15, 9-9 AMC S) meet for the third this season in Wednesday's playoff opener. This is the first time since 2002-03 that the Cavs have played in the qualifying tournament. Walsh has taken both meeting from the Panthers, winning 85-66 at home on January 6, and 74-61 in Columbus on February 10. The Cavs lead the all-time series 58-20 and have won the last six meetings.

Brandon Weems leads the AMC and NAIA in assists, with a 7.15 per game average. Corey Jones leads the team in scoring, averaging 15.3 points per game. He is shooting .846 from the foul line, and .431 from three-point, which is fifth in the AMC. Adam Lesch leads the AMC in field goal percentage (.613) and is ninth in the NAIA. Lesch and Jason Hicks each went over the 1,000 point mark last week. Eder Araujo is averaging 9.0 rebounds per game, second in the AMC. The Cavs are 37-5 at home under Head Coach Jeff Young since the start of the 2004-05 season. Young's overall mark is 79-24, with a .767 winning percentage, tops in Walsh history.


Saturday, February 17, 2007

"Cavs Win at Wilberforce, Share AMC South Title/Hicks Over 1,000 Point Mark"

(Wilberforce, OH) NAIA No. 8 Walsh (24-5, 15-3) earned a share of the American Mideast Conference South Division title, by defeating Wilberforce University 67-55 today. After winning the AMC South outright the last two years, Walsh will share the crown with Cedarville University and Mount Vernon Nazarene University. By virtue of the AMC tie-breaker, Cedarville earns the automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament in March. Walsh, with their number eight ranking, is just about assusred an at-large berth, if they fail to win the conference tournament. Walsh plays in the eight-team AMC Qualifying Tournament, which begins on Wednesday. The Cavs have home court advantage throughout the tournament. The tournament bracket will be announced on Monday. This is the first time since 1984 that the Cavs have won three straight conference titles. Walsh won two straight Mid-Ohio Conference titles under Bob Huggins in 1982 and 1983, and then under Dan Peters in 1984.

Walsh put the game away in the first half, leading by as many as 21 points, and by 14 points (37-23) at the break. The Cavs shot .536 in the first half, with Jason Hicks (Sr., Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela St. Joseph) scoring 11 of his team leading 16 points in the first half. Hicks also went over the 1,000 point mark in his Walsh career. He connected on three three-pointers for the Cavs, who finished the game 8-18 (.444) from beyond the arc. Corey Jones (Jr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) added 12 points and Adam Lesch (Sr., Newark, OH.HS) 10. Eder Araujo (Jr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete de Freitas) grabbed a game high 10 rebounds and Brandon Weems (Jr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary), who leads the NAIA in assists, dished out seven.


Thrusday, February 15, 2007

"Lesch Scores Game- High 26 Points, Breaks 1,000 Points in Win over Shawnee State

NAIA No. 8 Walsh (23-5, 14-3) remained in a three-way tie for first place in the American Mideast Conference South, with a 69-61 win over Shawnee State (15-13, 9-8) tonight. Walsh, Cedarville University and Mount Vernon Nazarene University all have identical 14-3 AMC records, with one game to play. If they remained tied, Cedarville wins the tie breaker, and the automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament. If Cedarville loses on Saturday, at home to Malone, and Walsh wins at Wilberforce, the AMC South title and automatic bid goes to the Cavs. If Walsh fails to win the AMC South, they will play in the AMC Qualifying Tournament beginning next Wednesday.

The Cavs shot .615 from the floor in the first half in building a 41-22 halftime lead. Adam Lesch (Sr., Newark, OH/HS) went over the 1,000 point mark at the 10:09 mark of the half. Walsh led 19-16 at the 8:27 mark, when they went on a 15-0 run to extend their lead to 34-16. The Cavs would push the lead to 25 points (47-22) in the early moments of the second half, when the Bears finally began to show signs of life. They would cut the lead to eight points at 55-47 with 8:38 to play, and to five points at 59-54 with 4:03 to play. Lesch would then score the Cavs next nine points to seal the win.

Lesch led all scorers with a game-high 26 points. Corey Jones (Jr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) added 15 points. Shawnee was led by Josh Reed's 23 points.


Wedensday, February 14, 2007

"Cavs Basketball 8th in Latest NAIA Top 25"

Walsh (22-5, 13-3 AMC S) fell four notches, to number eight, in the latest NAIA Top 25. There is one more ranking before the NAIA National Tournament in Branson, MO (3/7-13). Back-to-back losses knocked the Cavs from number two, to number four, and now to number eight. After losing to Malone and Mount Vernon Nazarene, the Cavs rebounded with a 74-61 win at Ohio Dominican on Saturday. The Cavs are in a three-way tie for first place in the American Mideast Conference South Division with NAIA No. 15 Cedarville University and NAIA No. 12 Mount Vernon Nazarene. Each team has two regular season games remaining. Walsh plays at home against Shawnee State on Thursday (8 pm), and at Wilberforce University on Saturday (6 pm).

NAIA TOP 25


Tuesday, February 13, 2007

"Shawnee State Game to be Played Thursday"

Tonight's game with Shawnee State University has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 15 at 8 pm. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER.


Tuesday, February 13, 2007

"Tonight's Game Cancelled"

Tonight's home game with Shawnee State University has been cancelled. A make-up date has not been set. The two schools are looking at either tomorrow (Wed.) or Thursday. As soon as the date has been set, it will be posted.


Monday, February 12, 2007
"Cavs' (22-5, 13-3 AMC S) in Three-Way for AMC South Lead"

NAIA No. 4 (new ranking released 2/14) Walsh (22-5, 13-3 AMC S) split two American Mideast Conference South games, and are tied for the first place with Cedarville University and Mount Vernon Nazarene, with two games remaining. Cedarville currently holds the tie-breaker over Walsh and Mount Vernon, while the Cavs hold the tie-breaker over Mount Vernon. The regular season winner receives the automatic bid to the NAIA Division Championships in Branson, MO, March 7-13. Walsh is the two-time AMC South defending champion. If the Cavs fail to repeat as conference champions, they will play in the eight-team, AMC Qualifying Tournament which begins on February 21. Cedarville is at Rio Grande on Tuesday and home to Malone on Saturday, while the Cavs are home to Shawnee State on Tuesday (8 pm, Senior Night) and at Wilberforce on Saturday 4 pm. Both games will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

Despite holding NAIA No. 12 Mount Vernon Nazarene to 62 points, Walsh lost its second straight game, 62-57 before 2,034 delirious fans at Mount Vernon last Tuesday night. The loss knocked the Cavs out of first place in the AMC South and one game behind Cougars. It also marked the first time this season that the Cavs had lost back-to-back games. Walsh built an 11-point first half lead, but led only 32-26 at the half. The Cavs held the sharp-shooting Cougars to just 1-5 from three-point in the first half, and held the AMC's top scorer, Ben Falkenberg to only four points, all on free throws. Corey Jones (Jr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) paced the Cavs with 10 first half points. The Cougars shot the ball extremely well in the final 20 minutes, connecting on 12-20 from the floor (.600) and 4-10 from three-point, as they out scored the Cavs 36-25. The free throw line was also a deciding factor, as Mount Vernon connected on 12-20, while the Cavs were only 3-8. Jones led Walsh with 14 points; he also grabbed seven rebounds. Adam Lesch (Sr., Newark, OH/HS) and Jason Hicks (Sr., Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela St. Joseph) each added 10 points. Eder Araujo (Jr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete de Freitas) paced the Cavs with eight rebounds.

Walsh moved back into a tie for first place in the AMC South, after defeating Ohio Dominican University 74-61 in Columbus on Saturday. The Walsh win, coupled with Mount Vernon Nazarene's loss at Shawnee State, and Cedarville's home win over Tiffin, places the Cavs into a three-way tie for first place. Walsh led from start to finish at ODU. The Cavs built a nine-point halftime lead at 33-24, then shot .522 (12-23) in the second half in pulling away. The Cavs balanced scoring attack placed four players in double figures, led by Eder Araujo's eighth double-double of the season. Araujo led the Cavs with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Corey Jones added 17 points, Jason Hicks 16 points and Adam Lesch 13 points. Brandon Weems (Jr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) dished out six assists.

Walsh and upset minded Shawnee State (15-12, 9-7 AMC S) meet for the second time this season on Tuesday. Walsh won the first meeting 73-46 in Portsmouth on January 20. The Cougars upset Mount Vernon 75-74 on Saturday and are in fourth place in the AMC South. Walsh leads the all-time series 23-13. The Cavs look to sweep Wilberforce (8-12, 4-11), when they play there on Saturday. The Cavs won the first meeting 92-78, at Walsh, on January 16 and lead the all-time series 13-3.

Brandon Weems leads the AMC and NAIA in assists, with a 7.2 per game average. Corey Jones leads the team in scoring, averaging 15.4 points per game. He is shooting .842 from the foul line, and .424 from three-point. Eder Araujo is averaging 9.1 rebounds per game, second in the AMC. Adam Lesch, Derek Chappell and Brandon Speck (Fr., Mansfield, OH/St. Peter's) are all among the AMC stat leaders. Lesch is shooting .601 from the field and is only six points shy of 1,000 career points. Chappell is shooting .573 from the field, and Speck .453 from three-point range. Jason Hicks is 17 points shy of 1,000 points in a Cavalier uniform. The Cavs are 36-5 at home under Head Coach Jeff Young since the start of the 2004-05 season. Young's overall mark is 77-24, with a .762 winning percentage, tops in Walsh history.

Saturday, February 10, 2007
"Cavs Back Into First Place Tie with Win at ODU"
(Columbus, OH) NAIA No. 4 Walsh (22-5, 13-3 AMC S) moved back into a tie for first place in the American Mideast Conference South, after defeating Ohio Dominican University 74-61 today. The Walsh win, coupled with Mount Vernon Nazarene's loss at Shawnee State, and Cedarville's home win over Tiffin, places the Cavs into a three-way tie for first place. The Cavs, Mount Vernon and Cedarville all have identical 13-3 AMC South records. Each team has two games remaining. Walsh is home to Shawnee State on Tuesday (8 pm) and at Wilberforce (6 pm) next Saturday. Cedarville travels to Rio Grande on Tuesday and is home to Malone next Saturday, while Mount Vernon is at Wilberforce on Tuesday and home to Ohio Dominican on Saturday.
Walsh led from start to finish at ODU. The Cavs built a nine-point halftime lead at 33-24, then shot .522 (12-23) in the second half in pulling away. The Cavs balanced scoring attack placed four players in double figures, led by Eder Araujo's (Jr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete de Freitas) eighth double-double of the season. Araujo led the Cavs with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Corey Jones (Jr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) added 17 points, Jason Hicks (Sr., Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela-St. Joseph) 16 points and Adam Lesch (Sr., Newark, OH/HS) 13 points. Brandon Weems (Jr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) dished out six assists.
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
"Walsh Drops to 4th in Latest NAIA D-II Mens' Basketball Poll"
Walsh University (21-5, 12-3 AMC S) dropped two spots to number four in the NAIA's 8th men's basketball D-II ranking of the season. Walsh, which was primed to take over the number spot in the NAIA before losing to Malone College last Saturday, has lost two straight games for the first time this season. The Cavs lost at Mount Vernon Nazarene University last night. Bellevue (NE) moved into the number one spot, with Mid-America Nazarene falling from the top spot to number two. Indiana Wesleyan is ranked number three. Walsh received 460 votes.
The Cavs are at Ohio Dominican University for an AMC South game on Saturday. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

"Cavs Play Well, But Fall at Mount Vernon"

(Mount Vernon, OH) Despite holding NAIA No. 12 Mount Vernon Nazarene to 62 points, Walsh lost its second straight game, 62-57 before 2,034 delirious fans at Mount Vernon. The loss knocked the NAIA No. 2 Cavs out of first place in the American Mideast Conference South Division and one game behind Cougars. This is the first time this season that the Cavs have lost back-to-back games. Each team has three regular season games to play. If Walsh fails to catch the Cougars, they will have to compete in the American Mideast Conference qualifying tournament for the first time since 2002-03.

Walsh built an 11-point first half lead, but led only 32-26 at the half. The Cavs held the sharp-shooting Cougars to just 1-5 from three-point in the first half and held the AMC's top scorer, Ben Falkenberg to four points, all on free throws. Corey Jones (Jr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St.Vincent-St. Mary) paced the Cavs with 10 first half points. The Cougars shot the ball extremely well in the final 20 minutes, connecting on 12-20 from the floor (.600) and 4-10 from three-point, as they out scored the Cavs 36-25. The free throw line was also a deciding factor, as Mount Vernon connected on 12-20, while the Cavs were only 3-8. Jones led Walsh with 14 points; he also grabbed seven rebounds. Adam Lesch (Sr., Newark, OH/HS) and Jason Hicks (Sr., Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela St. Joseph) each added 10 points. Eder Araujo (Jr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete de Freitas) paced the Cavs with eight rebounds.


Monday, February 5, 2007

"Cavs' (21-4, 12-2 AMC S) Streak Stops at 16/Battle Mt. Vernon for AMC South Lead on Tuesday"

NAIA No. 2 (new ranking released 2/7) Walsh (21-4, 12-2 AMC S) split two American Mideast Conference South games, and had their 16-game winning streak snapped last week. The Cavs defeated Tiffin University 63-50 at home on Tuesday, but lost 79-72 at Malone College in the 43rd Annual Mayor's Cup game on Saturday. The loss to Malone dropped the Cavs into a first place tie with NAIA No. 12 Mount Vernon Nazarene University (20-4, 12-2 AMC S) in the AMC South, and cost them a chance to be the NAIA's top ranked D-II team in this Wednesday's poll. It will not take long to see who takes over first place in the AMC South, as Walsh travels to Mount Vernon Nazarene on Tuesday at 7:30 pm. Walsh then plays their second of three straight road games at Ohio Dominican University on Saturday (4 pm). Both games will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER, and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

Walsh extended its winning streak to 16 games (second longest in history), with a 63-50 win over visiting Tiffin University (3-18, 3-9 AMC S) on Tuesday.Walsh led the entire first half, and by as many as 21 points at 34-13 with 3:10 to play, when the Dragons scored eight straight points to close the half.Tiffin remained hot to start the second half, while Walsh went ice cold, as the Dragons went on a 15-3 run, to cut the Walsh lead to 37-36 with 14:16 to play.The Cavs would regroup however, and out score the Dragons 12-2 over the next six minutes to push the lead back into double figures (49-38).The lead would remain in double digits the remainder of the game.Derek Chappell (Sr., Cleveland, OH/Lutheran East) led all scorers with 17 points.Chappell was a perfect 5-5 from the floor and 7-10 from the foul line. Eder Araujo (Jr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete de Freitas) added 10 points and nine rebounds.

Walsh suffered one of its poorest shooting nights of the season, and fell 79-72 at Malone College (14-11, 4-9 AMC S) in the 43rd Annual Mayor's Cup game. Walsh, which entered the game with seven straight "Cup" wins, shot only .375 from the floor in the first half and trailed 37-29 at the break. Walsh would rally in the second half behind seven straight points from Corey Jones (Jr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) and close to within three points at 56-53 midway through the period. They would again close to within three points at 75-72 with 15.4 seconds to play. Walsh never led after holding a 10-8 advantage in the early stages of the game (15:30). Jones led Walsh with 19 points, but connected on only 3-10 from behind the arc. Walsh shot just .200 (5-20) from three-point for the game and .406 (28-69) from the field. Eder Araujo added 18 points and a game-high 14 rebounds before fouling out. Walsh placed five players in double figures.

Walsh and Mount Vernon tangle for the AMC lead on Tuesday. The Cavs pasted the Cougars, 79-55, on November 28 at Walsh. The Cavs limited the Cougars to just 5-21 from three-point range, and top scorer Ben Falkenberg to 12 points. Josh Johnson (So., Warren, OH/Harding) led the Cavs, scoring 19 points off the bench. The NAIA No. 12 Cougars have won three straight games and 13 of their last 14. They defeated the University of Rio Grande 94-80 on Saturday. Walsh leads the all-time series 36-24, but has not won at Mount Vernon since the 2004-05 season.

Walsh meets Ohio Dominican (12-13, 6-7 AMC S) in Columbus on Saturday. The Cavs beat the Panthers 85-66, at Walsh, on January 6. Eder Araujo posted a double-double with 25 points and 17 rebounds. The Panthers, fighting for a post season spot, lost 88-72 to Wilberforce on Saturday. They play host to Malone on Tuesday night. Walsh leads the all-time series 57-20 and has won the last five meetings.

Brandon Weems leads the AMC and NAIA in assists, with a 7.4 per game average. Corey Jones leads the team in scoring, averaging 15.4 points per game. He is shooting .836 from the foul line, and .436 from three-point. Eder Araujo is averaging 9.1 rebounds per game, tops in the AMC. Adam Lesch, Derek Chappell and Brandon Speck (Fr., Mansfield, OH/St. Peter's) are all among the AMC stat leaders. Lesch is shooting .597 from the field, Chappell .585, and Speck .466 in three-point percentage. The Cavs are 36-5 at home under Head Coach Jeff Young since the start of the 2004-05 season. Young's overall mark is 76-23, with a .768 winning percentage, tops in Walsh history.


Saturday, February 3, 2007

"Poor Shooting Stops Streak"

NAIA No. 2 Walsh (21-4, 12-2 AMC S) suffered one of its poorest shooting nights of the season, and fell 79-72 at Malone College (14-11, 4-9 AMC S) in the 43rd Annual Mayor's Cup game. The loss stopped Walsh's 16-game win streak, dropped them into a first place tie with NAIA No. 12 Mount Vernon Nazarene University (20-4, 12-2 AMC S) in the American Mideast Conference South, and cost them a chance to be the NAIA's top ranked D-II team in next Wednesday's poll.

Walsh, which entered the game with seven straight "Cup" wins, shot only .375 from the floor in the first half and trailed 37-29 at the break. Walsh would rally in the second half behind seven straight points from Corey Jones (Jr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) and close to within three points at 56-53 midway through the second half. They would again close to within three points at 75-72 with 15.4 seconds to play. Walsh never led after a holding a 10-8 advantage in the early stages of the game (15:30).

Jones led Walsh with 19 points, but connected on only 3-10 from behind the arc. Walsh shot just .200 (5-20) from three-point from the game and .406 (28-69) from the field. Eder Araujo (Jr., Sao Paulo, Brazi/Odete de Freitas) added 18 points and a game-high 14 rebounds before fouling out. Walsh placed five players in double figures. Malone, who shot .519 (27-52) from the floor, was led by Ben Carver's 19 points.

Walsh is at Mount Vernon Nazarene on Tuesday at 7:30 pm. The Cougars beat the University of Rio Grande 94-80 tonight.


Wednesday, January 31, 2007

"Cavs Number Two in Latest NAIA Rankings"

Walsh (21-3, 12-1 AMC S) moved up three notches to number two in the latest NAIA Top 25 rankings. MidAmerica Nazarene (KS) is the top team in the NAIA with 510 points and a 19-1 record. Walsh has 486 points. Bellevue College (NE) is third with 479 points. This is Walsh's highest ranking since they were number three last February, before heading to the National Tournament as the third seed. Walsh, currently riding a 16-game win streak, meets rival Malone College in the annual Mayor's Cup on Saturday at 7:30 pm at Osborne Hall in an American Mideast Conference South Division game.

The Cavs, who lead NAIA No. 13 Mount Vernon Nazarene (19-4, 11-2) by one-game in the South, have won 18 of their last 19 games. Walsh's 16-game win streak is their longest since 1982-83, when they posted 34 straight wins, and an undefeated regular season under Bob Huggins.

NAIA Top 25


Tuesday, January 30, 2007

"Walsh Wins 16th Straight Game, 63-50 over Tiffin"

NAIA No. 5 Walsh (21-3, 12-1 AMC S) extended its winning streak to 16 games, with a 63-50 American Mideast Conference South Division win over visiting Tiffin University (3-18, 3-9 AMC S).With the win, the Cavs keep their one-game lead in the AMC South over Mt. Vernon Nazarene.The Cougars beat Malone tonight.

Walsh led the entire first half, and by as many as 21 points at 34-13 with 3:10 to play, when the Dragons scored eight straight points to close the half.Tiffin remained hot to start the second half, while Walsh went ice cold, as the Dragons went on a 15-3 run, to cut he Walsh lead to 37-36 with 14:16 to play.The Cavs would regroup however, and out score the Dragons 12-2 over the next six minutes to push the lead back into double figures (49-38).The lead would remain in double digits the remainder of the game.

Walsh's Derek Chappell (Sr., Cleveland, OH/Lutheran East) led all scorers with 17 points.Chappell was a perfect 5-5 from the floor and 7-10 from the foul line.Eder Araujo (Jr., Sao Paulo, Brazi/Odete de Freitas) added 10 points and nine rebounds.

Walsh is at Malone College on Saturday night for the annual Mayor?s Cup game at 7:30 pm. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER.


Monday, January 29, 2007

"Lesch Tabbed AMC Player of the Week"

Walsh's Adam Lesch (Sr., Newark, OH/HS) (Pictured right) has been named American Mideast Conference Player of the Week. It is the second time this season that Lesch has received the honor, he was also named for the week of December 11-18. Lesch averaged 18.5 points in two Walsh wins last week. The NAIA fifth ranked Cavs have won 15 straight games and posted wins in 17 of their last 19 games.

Lesch had 12 points and five rebounds in the Cavs 82-77 overtime win at Urbana University last Tuesday. He then exploded for 25 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the Cavs 77-70 win over NAIA No. 15 Cedarville University on Saturday. Lesch shot 54 percent from the field and 82 percent from the foul line. He is 48 points shy of 1,000 for his career.

Walsh is home to Tiffin Unversity in an AMC South game at 8 pm tomorrow. The game will be aired live on 900 AM WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.


Monday, January 29, 2007

"Cavs (20-3, 11-1 AMC S) Streak at 15/Hold AMC Lead/Mayor's Cup on Saturday"

NAIA No. 5 (new ranking released 1/31) Walsh (20-3, 11-1 AMC S) picked-up two more American Mideast Conference South wins last week, to extend their winning streak to 15 games. This is the second longest winning streak in school history. The longest streak came in 1982-83, when the Cavs won 34 games in a row under Bob Huggins. The Cavs have also posted 17 wins in their last 18 games. Walsh is also the first Ohio collegiate team to reach the 20-win plateau. Walsh has won 20 games in a single season 18 times, including three straight years under Head Coach Jeff Young.

Walsh had to go to overtime to win at Urbana University (82-77) last Tuesday. The win gave the Cavs sole possession of first place in the AMC South, as Mount Vernon Nazarene lost at Cedarville University. Then, on Saturday, the Cavs thrilled a standing room only crowd, with a 77-70 win over Cedarville. This week, the Cavs host Tiffin University on Tuesday (8 pm), then play Malone College on Saturday night (7:30 pm) in the annual Mayor's Cup game. Both AMC South games will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER, and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

Walsh won its 14th straight game, defeating Urbana University 82-77 in overtime last Tuesday. The Cavs and Blue Knights battled the entire night. The game was tied at the half (33), and at the end of regulation (68). In the OT, the Cavs hit 7 of 11 free throws to seal the win. Walsh's balanced attack was paced by Corey Jones (Jr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) game-high 21 points. Jones connected on 8-13 from the field and 3-6 from three-point. Brandon Weems (Jr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) and Derek Chappell (Sr., Cleveland, OH/Lutheran East) added 14 points and Adam Lesch (Sr., Newark, OH/HS) tallied 12. Weems had a double-double, grabbing a team-high 10 rebounds. He also dished out seven assists. Eder Araujo (Jr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete de Freitas) added nine rebounds and Chappell eight.

Walsh won its 15th straight game, defeating NAIA No. 15 Cedarville University (15-6, 9-3 AMC S) 77-70, before a standing room only crowd (1,201) at Walsh's Alumni Arena. Walsh's lead in the AMC South over Cedarville is now two games. The Cavs lead second place Mount Vernon Nazarene (10-2) by one-game. There were four ties and ten lead changes in the first half, which ended tied at 36. Walsh trailed 34-29 with 2:37 left, when they went on a 9-2 run to end the half. The second half was basically all Walsh. After trailing 42-40 with 15:54 to play, the Cavs went on a 6-0 run to take the lead for good. The Cavs led by as many as nine points (59-50) with 8:40 to go, when Cedarville scored eight unanswered points to trim the lead to 59-58. The Jackets cut the lead to one-point once more, at 61-60, but never tied the game or regained the lead. Walsh's last ten points came on free throws. Adam Lesch led all scorers with 25 points. Corey Jones added 12 points, and Jason Hicks (Sr., Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela-St. Joseph) 11 points and five assists off the bench.

Walsh plays their next to last regular season home game on Tuesday against Tiffin University (3-17, 3-8 AMC S). Walsh beat the Dragons 63-54, at Tiffin on November 21. Tiffin scored just 38 points in a 53-38 home loss to Shawnee State University on Saturday. They have lost their last two games. Walsh has won the last five games with the Dragons and lead the all-time series 50-21.

Walsh and Malone (12-10, 3-8 AMC S) meet in the 43rd Annual Mayor's Cup on Saturday. The Cavs leads the "Cup" series 24-18, and the all-time series 55-38. Walsh beat Malone 80-74 at Alumni Arena on January 9. The Cavs have won the last seven "Cup" games. Walsh retired the "Cup" for the fourth time in 2004-05. Three consecutive "Cup" wins are required to retire the trophy. Walsh started a new streak last year with an 89-66 home win. Malone is coming off a 70-69 AMC South home win over Ohio Dominican last Saturday. The Pioneers host Mount Vernon Nazarene on Tuesday night.

Brandon Weems leads the NAIA in assists, with a 7.8 per game average. Corey Jones leads the team in scoring, averaging 15.7 points per game. He is shooting .846 from the foul line, and .453 from three-point. Eder Araujo is averaging 8.9 rebounds per game, tops in the AMC. Adam Lesch, Derek Chappell and Brandon Speck (Fr., Mansfield, OH/St. Peter's) are all among the AMC stat leaders. Lesch is now shooting .608 from the field and has jumped into the top five in shooting. Lesch may also be among the NAIA leaders. Official numbers will be released on Monday. He averaged 18.5 points in Walsh's two wins last week. Chappell was sixth last week in field goal (.575) and Speck third in three-point percentage (.474). The Cavs are 35-5 at home under Head Coach Jeff Young since the start of the 2004-05 season. Young's overall mark is 75-22, with a .773 winning percentage, tops in Walsh history.


Saturday, January 27, 2007

"Lesch Leads Cavs over Cedarville"

NAIA No. 5 Walsh (20-3, 11-1 AMC S) won its 15th straight game, defeating NAIA No. 15 Cedarville University (15-6, 9-3 AMC S) 77-70 in an American Mideast Conference South Division game, before a standing room only crowd (1,201) at Walsh's Alumni Arena. Walsh's lead in the AMC South over Cedarville is now two games. The Cavs lead second place Mount Vernon Nazarene (10-2) by one-game. The win, Walsh's 17th in their last 18 games, is the second longest win streak in school history. Walsh won 34 games in a row under Bob Huggins (Kansas State) in 1982-83.

There were four ties and ten lead changes in the first half, which ended tied at 36. Walsh trailed 34-29 with 2:37 left, when they went on a 9-2 run to end the half. The second half was basically all Walsh. After trailing 42-40 with 15:54 to play, the Cavs went on a 6-0 run to take the lead for good. The Cavs led by as many as nine points (59-50) with 8:40 to go, when Cedarville scored eight unanswered points to trim the lead to 59-58. The Jackets cut the lead to one-point once more, at 61-60, but never tied the game or regained the lead. Walsh's last ten points came on free throws. Adam Lesch (Sr., Newark, OH/HS) (Pictured right) led all scorers with 25 points. Corey Jones (Jr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) added 12 points, and Jason Hicks (Sr., Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela-St. Joseph) 11 points and five assists off the bench.

Walsh is home to Tiffin University, in an AMC South game, on Tuesday at 8 pm. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.


Wednesday, January 24, 2007

"Cavs Jump to 5th in Latest NAIA Rankings"

Walsh (19-3, 10-1 AMC S) moved up three notches to number five in the latest NAIA Top 25 rankings. Walsh, currently riding a 14-game win streak, host NAIA No. 15 Cedarville University (15-5, 9-2 AMC S) on Saturday at 4 pm in an American Mideast Conference South Division game. The Cavs, who lead the Yellow Jackets and Mount Vernon Nazarene by one-game in the South, have won 16 of their last 17 games.

The Cavs 14-game win streak is their longest since 1983-84, when they posted 14 straight wins under first year Head Coach Dan Peters. Walsh's longest win streak in 34 games, under Bob Huggins in 1982-83. NAIA Top 25


Tuesday, January 23, 2007

"Cavs Win in OT at Urbana/Take Over First in AMC South"

(Urbana, OH) NAIA No. 8 Walsh (19-3, 10-1 AMC S) won its 14th straight game, defeating Urbana University 82-77 in overtime. The win gave the Cavs sole possession of first place in the American Mideast Conference South. The Cavs lead Mount Vernon Nazarene and Cedarville University by one-game each. The Yellow Jackets knocked off Mount Vernon 90-67. Cedarville comes to Walsh on Saturday. Game time is 4 pm. Cedarville beat the Cavs in OT, at Cedarville on December 9.

The Cavs 14-game win streak is their longest since 1983-84, when they posted 14 straight wins under first year Head Coach Dan Peters. Walsh's longest win streak in 34 games, under Bob Huggins in 1982-83.

The Cavs and Blue Knights battled the entire night. The game was tied at the half (33) and at the end of regulation (68). Walsh missed two one and one free throw situations in final minute of regulation that forced the overtime. In the OT, the Cavs hit 7 of 11 free throws to seal the win. Walsh's balanced attack was paced by Corey Jones (Jr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) game-high 21 points. Jones connected on 8-13 from the field and 3-6 from three-point. Brandon Weems (Jr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St.Mary) and Derek Chappell (Sr., Cleveland, OH/Lutheran East) added 14 points and Adam Lesch (Sr., Newark, OH/HS) tallied 12. Weems had a double-double, grabbing a team-high 10 rebounds. Eder Araujo (Jr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete de Freitas) added nine rebounds and Chappell eight.


Monday, January 22, 2007

"Cavs' (18-3, 9-1 AMC S) Streak at 13/Share AMC Lead"

NAIA No. 8 Walsh (16-3, 7-1 AMC S) picked-up two more American Mideast Conference South wins last week to remain tied with Mount Vernon Nazarene University for the conference lead. The wins also extended Walsh's winning streak to 13 games. This matches the Cavs streak in 2004-05, when the Cavs put together a 13-game win streak and won the NAIA Division Two National Championship. The Cavs have also posted wins 15 of their last 16 games. Walsh defeated Wilberforce University 92-78 at home on Tuesday and then routed Shawnee State University 73-46 on the road last Saturday. This Tuesday, the Cavs hit the road for Urbana University at 7:30 pm, and then host Cedarville University on Saturday at 4 pm. Both AMC South games will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER, and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

Walsh won its 12th straight game, defeating visiting Wilberforce University 92-78, in a game that was much closer than the final score. There were seven ties in the first half, which ended with the Bulldogs ahead 42-40. The contest remained tight the first 10 minutes of the second, with Walsh holding a slim 63-61 lead with 10:12 to play. From that point the Cavs defense took control of the game, as they held Wilberforce to seven points in the next seven minutes in taking an 86-68 lead. The Cavs nailed five three-pointers in the last ten minutes of the game, including four in row to give them an 89-72 lead with 1:48 to play. The Cavs held their largest lead at 86-68. Walsh's balanced attack was paced by Corey Jones (Jr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) game-high 23 points. Jason Hicks (Sr., Cleveland, OH/Villa-Angela St. Joseph) added 21 points off the bench. Adam Lesch (Sr., Newark, OH/HS) and Brandon Weems (Jr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) each scored 16 points. All of Weems points came in the second half.

Walsh played one of its finest games of the season, in routing Shawnee State University 73-46. Walsh used a 13-1 run in the first half to wipe out a one-point deficit and take a 24-13 lead. The Cavs would then take a 38-25 lead into the locker room. The second half was all Walsh, as they outscored the Bears 35-21. Walsh also dominated the boards, out-rebounding SSU 45-32, with a season-high 18 offensive rebounds. Eder Araujo (Jr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete de Freitas) led the way with a double-double, scoring a game-high points and game-high 16 rebounds. Corey Jones added 13 points, with Adam Lesch and Jason Hicks scoring 11 points each. The Cavs held the Bears 30 points under their scoring average.

Walsh and Urbana finish their season series at Urbana (7-14, 2-8 AMC S) on Tuesday. The Cavs best the Blue Knights 101-63 at Walsh on January 3, behind 20 points from Corey Jones and 17 points and 10 rebounds from Eder Araujo. Urbana is currently last in the AMC South and has lost their last three games. Walsh has won seven straight from the Blue Knights and lead the all-time series 47-29. Walsh and 16th ranked Cedarville University (14-5, 8-2 AMC S) square off at