2007-08 Archive

Thursday, April 24, 2008

"Araujo Scores Nine Points/Team Wins"

Walsh's Eder Araujo (7-0, Sr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete de Freitas) scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in his teams 102-09 win at the 2008 Collegiate Basketball Invitational being held at Wadsworth High School. Araujo's team, Premier Pontiac, defeated Renacci-Doraty Chevrolet and will play in the winners bracket at 10 am on Friday.


Monday, April 21, 2008

"Araujo to Play in College All-Star Tournament"

Walsh's Eder Araujo (7-0, Sr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete de Freitas) will take to the hardwood this weekend in the 2008 Collegiate Basketball Invitational.  The games, being held at Wadsworth High School, tip-off this Thursday at 10 a.m., when Araujo's team, Premier Pontiac, plays Renacci-Doraty Chevrolet. 

The event will take place at Wadsworth High School in Wadsworth, Ohio, and each team will have eight players in eight-team bracket. Six games will be played both Thursday and Friday with the championship game being played Friday night at 8 p.m. (ET). The CBI will conclude with an all-star game Saturday evening at 8 p.m. (ET) in front of a live, ESPNU audience as 20 players will selected to play in the game. 

Below are links for the tournament and ticket information.

Official release, roster:  http://naia.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/041708aac.html

Schedule, ticket info: http://www.collegiatebasketballinvitational.com/index.php


Tuesday, March 25, 2008

"Weems Selected Second Team NAIA All-American"

Brandon Weems (5-10, Sr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) has been selected second team NAIA All-American.  Weems, who was also named American Mideast Conference South Division Player of the Year and first team all-conference, led the Cavs to their fourth straight NAIA National Championship appearance and AMC South championship.  Walsh finished the season 26-5 and 12-2 in the AMC South.  They reached the Sweet 16 at the National Tournament for the second straight season, and won the national championship in 2004-05 (Weems freshman season).

Weems led the AMC in assists (6.1) for the second straight season and finished second all-time at Walsh with 649 career assists.  He led the NAIA in assists (7.4) as a junior, when he also set Walsh's single season assist mark (237).  Weems started every game (31) for the second straight season, and posted a career best 11.2 point per game average and 4.3 rebound average.  He led the Cavs with 45 steals, while shooting .766 from the foul line and .406 from three-point range.  He also scored his 1,000th career point and totaled 1,160 career points.  His 3.45 assists to turnover ratio led all AMC starting point guards.  Weems stands sixth in career three-point field goals made (185) and ninth in career three-point percentage (.423).  In his four years at Walsh, the Cavs finished 108-26, for an .806 winning percentage.


Friday, March 14, 2008

"Cavs Upset by Northwood"

Fourth seeded Walsh University (OH) became the first seed to fall, when they were upset 66-59 by Northwood University (FL) in quarterfinals of the 17th annual NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Championships. For Walsh, it marked the second straight year that they were eliminated in the quarterfinals.  Northwood, in just their second NAIA championship appearance, advances to the Elite 8 for the first time.

Walsh, the NAIA's top three-point shooting team, never found the range, but led 30-28 at halftime, after erasing an eight-point (18-10) deficit.  Walsh would shoot only .296 (8-27) from the behind the arc.

Walsh appeared to take control in the second half, when they snapped a 36-36 tie with a 12-4 run, keyed by back-to-back three pointers from freshman Jeremy Shardo (6-3, Yorkshire, OH/versailles).  Walsh led 48-40 with 11:34 to play when the Seahawks came to life.

Northwood would hold Walsh without a basket for 6:46 and take a 56-49 lead on the strength of a 16-1 run. Marvin Owens' three-pointer with 6:32 to play snapped a 49-49 tie and gave Northwood the lead for good at 52-49.

Walsh would rally and cut the lead to two points at 61-59 on basket by Eder Araujo (7-0, Sr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete de Freitas) with 1:03 play.  It appeared Walsh would catch a break when Seven Ezumba missed a open dunk, but Brad Haugabrook tapped the rebound back and was fouled with 40 seconds to play.  He stepped to the line and knocked down two foul shots to give Northwood a 63-59 lead.  Northwood's Tim Clark would then rebound an Araujo miss to seal the win.

Northwood's Seven Ezumba led all scorers with 20 points and 9 rebounds.  Owens added 17.  Eder Araujo led Walsh with 19 points and 8 rebounds. 

Northwood improves to 27-7 and plays the winner of the Northwestern (Iowa)/Oklahoma Wesleyan game at 3 pm on Saturday.  Walsh finishes their season at 26-5. 



Thursday, March 13, 2008

"Cavs Blitz Judson to Advance to Second Round"

Point Lookout, MO—Fourth seeded Walsh University (26-4) advanced to the second round of the 17th annual NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championships, after defeating Judson University (Ill.) 91-57.  For Walsh, it was their fourth straight first round win and largest NAIA National Tournament win ever.  Judson was making its first appearance at the championships.  The event is being held at the Keeter Gymnasium on the campus of the College of the Ozarks (Mo.).

Walsh, the NAIA's top three-point shooting team, came out on fire in the first half, connecting on 17-33 (.515) from the floor and 5-9 (.556) from behind the arc in building a 46-27 halftime lead. Seven-foot senior Eder Araujo (7-0, Sr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete de Freitas) scored 14 of his 17 points in the first half for Walsh, who led by as many 23 points (44-21).

Walsh erased any hopes of a Judson comeback in the second half, as they connected on three straight from behind the arc to increase their lead to 55-27 in the first two minutes.  The Cavs opened the second half with a 22-3 run (68-30), to safely tuck away the first round win.

Walsh Sophomore Kyecle Cescato (6-10, So., Barra Bonita, Brazil/Colmeia Entec) led all scorers with 20 points, while also grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds.  Corey Jones (6-3, Sr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary), the top three-point shooter in the NAIA, connected on 4-6 from beyond the arc and finished with 16 points.  Brandon Speck (6-0, So., Mansfield, OH/St. Peter's) and Joe Shardo (6-5, Jr., Yorkshire, OH/Versailles) each scored 10 points off the bench, and Brandon Weems (5-10, Sr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) dished out seven assists. 

Judson, who finishes the season at 19-9, was led by DeWayne Robinson's 13 points.  Steffan Williams added 11 points and Joe Gonnam 8 rebounds. 

Walsh improves to 26-4 and takes their five-game win streak to second round against Northwood University (FL) on Friday at 12 pm.  Northwood (26-7) defeated Bluefield (Va.) 88-86 in the first game of the second round earlier today.  Northwood is coached by Rollie Massimino, who led Villanova to the 1985 NCAA National Championship and later coached at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and Cleveland State University. 

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


Wednesday, March 5, 2008

"Cavs Seeded 4th at NAIA Championships, Draw Judson (Ill) in Opener"

NAIA No. 4 Walsh (25-4) has been seeded fourth for the NAIA Division ll championships, which begin next Wednesday (3/12) in Point Lookout, MO.  The Cavs meet Judson College (Ill.) (19-8) at 11:15 am EST on Thursday (3/13) in a first round game.  The winner meets the Northwood University (FL) (25-7)/Bluefield College (VA) (25-7) winner on Friday (3/14) at 1 pm EST.    All tournament games will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

Walsh is making their fourth straight trip to division two championships and eighth overall.  Walsh won the NAIA National Championship in 2004-05, reached the Elite 8 in 2005-06 and the Sweet 16 last season.  Walsh brings a four-game winning streak to the tournament and has won 10 of their last 11 games.  Walsh has won its last three opening round games at the national tournament.  The last time they failed to win a first round game was 2001-02, when they fell 94-78 to Sioux Falls.  The Cavs were seeded eighth at the national tournament last year, third in 2005-06 and seventh when they won the championship in 2004-05.

Judson, the winner of the Chicagoland Collegiate Conference, is making their first trip to the tournament.  They defeated Cardinal Stritch 97-79 to win their first ever conference championship.  The Eagles will bring a five-game win streak to Missouri.  They received votes in the NAIA's final regular season poll.

to view the bracket, click here


Tuesday, March 4, 2008

"Walsh University's Brandon Weems Named AMC South Player of the Year, Jeff Young AMC South Coach of the Year, Six Cavs Earn Honors"

Walsh has received two of the highest honors in the American Mideast Conference, as Brandon Weems (5-10, Sr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) has been selected South Player of the Year and Head Coach Jeff Young South Coach of the Year.  This is the first such honor for Weems, while Young is earning the award for the second time.  Young was selected AMC and NAIA Coach of the Year in 2004-05, when Walsh won its first national championship.  This season, the Cavs are 25-4 and headed to the NAIA National Tournament in Point Lookout, MO next week.  The Cavs won the AMC South regular season title and the AMC North/South championship game.  Walsh is ranked fourth in the NAIA and will find out seeding and pairings on Wednesday.

Weems was not alone in being honored by the AMC, as five of his teammates were also selected to the team. Weems is the first Cavalier since Robert Whaley (2004-05) to win player of the year accolades and the seventh all-time. After leading the NAIA in assists last season (7.4), Weems has put together another outstanding season.  He leads the AMC in assists (6.1) and is sixth nationally.  He has directed a Cavalier offense to 83.9 ppg and an AMC leading assist to turnover ratio.  Weems is averaging a career best 11.8 points, while shooting .420 from three-point and a career-best .767 from the foul line.  Weems is also averaging 4.3 rebounds, while normally guarding the opponent's best guard.  He has handed out 177 assists and committed only 52 turnovers, while playing a team-leading 33.1 minutes per games.  He carries a 3.4 assist to turnover ratio.  He has been named honorable mention the last two years and was selected to the All-Freshman Team in 2004-05.  He also went over the 1,000 mark this season.

Eder Araujo (7-0, Sr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete de Freitas) joins Weems on the AMC's first-team.  He was a third-team selection last year and honorable mention his first year at Walsh.  Araujo leads the Cavs in scoring (14.4 ppg) and rebounding (8.8 rpg), while shooting a career best .503 from the field.  He is also shooting .346 from three-point and .716 from the line.  Eder was honored as the AMC and NAIA Player of the Week earlier this season, while also going over the 1,000 point mark.  He has also recorded a team-best eight double-doubles. 

Corey Jones (6-3, Sr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) earned second-team honors for the third straight year.  The sharp shooting guard is having his best overall season and leads all of college basketball in three-point percentage (.570).  Jones is averaging 13.7 points per game, shooting a career high .534 from the field, and .875 from the stripe.  He is also averaging 3.1 rebounds, handed out 52 assists, and committed only 21 turnovers.  Jones, Weems and Araujo started all 29 games for the Cavs.

Junior Josh Johnson (6-4, Warren, OH/Harding) was named honorable mention.  This is his first selection to an AMC post season team.  Johnson is averaging a career best 10.4 points and 5.1 rebounds.  He has also put-up career numbers in field goal percentage (.477) and three-point percentage (.379).  Josh is shooting .750 from the foul line and has handed out 43 assists.

Jeremy Shardo (6-3, Yorkshire, OH/Versailles) and Lamar Skeeter (5-10, Dayton, OH/Kettering Fairmont) were each named to the AMC's All-Freshman Team.  Shardo has played in 22 games and averaged 4.0 points, while shooting .574 from the field, .520 from three-point and .778 from the line.  Skeeter has played in 28 games and averaged 7.0 points and 5.7 rebounds.  He is shooting .481 from the field and .429 from beyond the arc and is third on the team with 23 steals.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

"Cavs Fourth in Last NAIA Regular Season Poll"

NAIA tournament bound Walsh University (25-4) is fourth in the NAIA's 10th and final regular season poll.  The Cavs, who won the American Mideast Conference South Division regular season crown and North/South Championship game, last night, moved up two spots.  Walsh will find out their seed and opponent, when pairings are announced next Wednesday, March 5.  This will be Walsh's fourth straight trip to the national tournament.  Walsh won the NAIA National Championship in 2004-05.

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OFFICIAL NAIA RELEASE
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - In the final regular season edition, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) vaults to No. 1 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II Men's Basketball Top 25 Coaches' Poll, announced today (Feb. 27). The Pioneers held the No. 1 ranking for the first four polls this year. Since then, they have never dropped below No. 8. MANU earned 11 first-place votes and 504 total points.

MidAmerica holds a slight points (504-497) edge over No. 2 Morningside (Iowa). The Mustangs were the No. 1 team the last six weeks thanks to a 23-0 start. Bellevue (Neb.) moves up two spots to No. 3 followed by No. 4 Walsh (Ohio) and No. 5 Eastern Oregon.

One team that finds itself in the Top 25 for the first time all season is No. 25 Indiana-Southeast. The Grenadiers, who have won 10 in-a-row, were in the "receiving votes" category the last six weeks.

Conference tournaments are going on this week. For complete schedules and results, click here. Nine teams have already punched their ticket to the National Championship in Point Lookout, Mo., March 12-18: College of St. Joseph (Vt.) out of the Sunrise Conference, Menlo College (Calif.) out of the California Pacific Athletic Conference, Eastern Oregon University out of the Cascade Collegiate Conference, MidAmerica Nazarene out of the Heart of America Athletic Conference, Walsh (Ohio) out of the American Mideast Conference, King (Tenn.) out of the Appalachian Athletic Conference, Morningside out of the Great Plains Athletic Conference, Ottawa (Kan.) out of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and College of the Ozarks (Mo.) as the automatic bid for the host institution.

The official announcement of the 32-team field for the 17th Annual Division II Championship will occur late on Tuesday, March 4. The official pairings and bracket will happen on Wednesday, March 5.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

"Cavs Rout Malone 82-60 in AMC Title Game"

(North Canton, OH)  Walsh (25-4) clinched an automatic berth to the NAIA National Tournament, by defeating Malone College (20-9) 82-60 in the American Mideast Conference North South Championship game before a full house at Walsh's Alumni Arena tonight.  The Cavs will make their fourth straight trip to Missouri, when the NAIA Division ll National Tournament begins on March 12-13.  Seeding for the tournament will be announced on March 5.  Malone now becomes the number one seed in the AMC Tournament, and plays the winner of Thursday's Notre Dame College/Mt.  Vernon Nazarene game at home on Saturday night.

Malone shot the ball well early in the game and raced to their largest lead at 24-17 with 8:15 to go in the half.  After Lamar Skeeter (5-10, Fr., Dayton, OH/Fairmont Kettering) hit a three-ball to cut the lead to 24-20, the rest of the night belonged to the Cavaliers.  Malone's Shane Humphrey hit two free throws to give the Pioneers a 26-20 lead when Walsh took over.  Walsh would out score Malone 21-2 the final 6:57 of the half and led 41-28 at the break.

The Cavs quickly pushed the lead to 18 points (50-32) in the first three minutes of the half and then to 22 points (56-34) with 15:36 to play.  With Weems hitting three second half three-pointers and Eder Araujo (7-0, Sr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete de Freitas) scoring 13 of his 16 points in the second half, the Cavs were never challenged.  Walsh would keep the lead above 20 points and held their largest lead at 27 points (73-46) with 6:40 to play.

Weems led all scorers with 22 points.  Araujo added 16 points and 8 rebounds and Kyelce Cescato (6-10, So., Barra Bonita, Brazil/Colmeia Entec) recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.  Walsh held Malone to .400 (22-55) from the floor, while shooting .484 (31-64).  The Cavs also took great care of the ball, committing only six turnovers. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

"Tonight's Walsh/Malone Championship Game Still On"

Tonight's AMC Championship game at Walsh, with rival Malone College, is still on.  Game time is 7:30 pm.

 
Monday, February 24, 2008 
"Cavs Take of Business/Meet Rival Malone in AMC North/South Title Game"

After closing the regular season with three straight wins, the American Mideast Conference South Division Champion Cavs (24-4, 12-2 AMC S) prepare to meet archrival Malone College in the AMC North/South Championship game at home on Tuesday (7:30 pm). The winner receives an automatic berth at the 17th Annual NAIA Division Two National Tournament in Point Lookout, Missouri (3/12-18). The loser becomes the number one seed for the AMC Tournament, which begins on Thursday. Walsh is assured a berth in the National Tournament due to their high ranking. For the NAIA 6th ranked Cavs, this is their third North/South title game in four years and their third meeting with Malone this season. Walsh won the AMC Tournament Championship last season. Also, with three ranked teams above the Cavs having lost at least one game this past week, Walsh should improve on their number six ranking when the final regular season poll is released on Wednesday. Tickets for Tuesday's championship game with Malone, will be on sale on Monday at the PE Center ticket booth between 1 and 4 pm and on Tuesday from 1 pm until game time. Prices are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students. Everyone must have a ticket. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

Walsh captured the AMC South Division regular season title outright for the third time in the last four years, after routing Urbana University (5-22, 3-10 AMC S) 73-49 on the road Tuesday night. Last season, the Cavs tied for the title with Cedarville University and Mount Vernon Nazarene, after winning it outright the previous two years. The Cavs are the first team in 53 years to win the conference championship four consecutive years. Findlay College, now the University of Findlay, won Mid-Ohio Conference championships in 1951-52, 1952-53, 1953-54 and 1954-55. Walsh held Urbana to .344 (11-32) from the field in the first half and led 35-23 at the break. The Cavs put the game away early in the second half, scoring the first 9 points and holding Urbana scoreless the first 5-plus minutes. Corey Jones (6-3, Sr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary), the NAIA's top three-point shooter, stayed red-hot from behind the arc and led all scorers with 21 points. Jones was 5-7 from three-point and 8-13 from the field. Eder Araujo (7-0, Sr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete de Freitas) added 14 points and 9 rebounds and Kyelce Cescato (6-10, So., Barra Bonita, Brazil/Colmeia Entec) scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Corey Jones and Brandon Weems (5-10, Sr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) won their 106th game as member of the Walsh University Cavaliers, as they rolled over Wilberforce University (8-20, 2-12 AMC S) 95-68 in the regular season home finale on Saturday. Jones and Weems combined for 39 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists in the win. Walsh shot a blistering .652 (15-23) from the field in the first half, and led 40-26 at the half. Jones scored 12 of his 18 points in the first half, as he continued to shoot the lights out from the behind the arc. He finished 6-8 from 3-point, and is 24-35 from behind the arc in the last four games. Weems took over in the second half, scoring 18 of his game-high 21 points, hitting all 8 of his free throws and handing out 8 assists. Each player grabbed four rebounds. Walsh shot .576 from the field in the second half and out scored the Bulldogs 55-42, and led by as many as 32 points (88-56). The Cavs bench again played well, with Lamar Skeeter (5-10, Fr., Dayton, OH/Fairmont Kettering) and Jeremy Shardo (6-3, Fr., Yorkshire, OH/Versailles) each adding 12 points.

Walsh and Malone College meet for the third time this season in the AMC Championship on Tuesday night. Walsh won 70-56 on November 29 at Malone and 81-76 at Walsh on February 7. The Cavs lead the all-time series 57-39. The two teams are no stranger to meeting three times in a single season, having done so 14 times, including four meetings in in 1984-85. This will also be their 14th playoff meeting, with Walsh holding a 10-3 advantage. But this is only their second meeting in a championship game. Walsh won the only other championship game between the crosstown rivals, 81-42, in 1997-98 in the then Mid-Ohio Conference. Walsh also won the last playoff battle, 76-64, in 2000-01.

Eder Araujo leads the Cavs in scoring (14.4 ppg) and rebounding (8.8 rpg). Araujo is shooting .503 from the field and .707 from the foul line. Corey Jones is averaging 13.9 points and is shooting an AMC and NAIA leading .583 from three-point range. Jones was 11-15 (.733) from the behind the arc this past week and averaged 18.0 ppg. For the season he is shooting .540 from the field and .870 from the foul line. Brandon Weems is averaging 11.4 points and an AMC leading 6.2 assists. Josh Johnson is averaging 10.5 ppg and 5.1 rebounds. The Cavs head into the post season on three-game win streak and with wins in eight of their last nine games. This is the first time since the 1995-96 season that the Cavs have not lost back-to-back games. The Cavs reached the NAIA Final Four that season under the late Steve Loy. Walsh's 24-4 regular season mark is their finest under Head Coach Jeff Young and best since their 26-6 regular season record in 1995-96. The Cavs have lost only two regular season games at home the last two years (27-2).

Saturday, February 23, 2008

"Jones, Weems, Lead Cavs to 95-68 Rout of Wilberforce in Regular Season FinaleMeet Malone in Title Game on Tuesday"

Corey Jones (6-3, Sr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) and Brandon Weems (5-10, Sr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) won their 106th game as member of the Walsh University Cavaliers, as the sixth ranked Cavs (24-4, 12-2 AMC S) rolled over Wilberforce University (8-20, 2-12 AMC S) 95-68 in the regular season finale today.  Jones and Weems combined for 39 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists in the win.   Walsh now plays host to the North Division champion Malone College in the AMC Championship on Tuesday night at 7:30 pm.  This will be third meeting of the season between the crosstown rivals.  Walsh won 70-56 on November 29 at Malone and 81-76 at Walsh on February 7.  The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.  This will be Walsh's fourth straight title game appearance and third AMC North/South championship game.  The Cavs won the AMC Tournament championship last year, after back-to-back North/South title game appearance the previous two years. 

Walsh shot a blistering .652 (15-23) from the field in the first half, and led 40-26 at the half.  Jones scored 12 of his 18 points in the first half, as he continued to shoot the lights out from the behind the arc.  Jones finished 6-8 from 3-point and is 24-35 in the last four games.  Weems took over in the second half, scoring 18 of his game-high 21 points, hitting all 8 of his free throws and handing out 8 assists.  Each grabbed four rebounds.  Walsh shot .576 in the second half and out scored the Bulldogs 55-42 and led by as many as 32 points (88-56). 

The Cavs bench again played well, with Lamar Skeeter (5-10, Fr., Dayton, OH/Fairmont Kettering) and Jeremy Shardo (6-3, Fr., Yorkshire, OH/Versailles) each adding 12 points. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

"Cavs Fall to 6th after Loss to Mt. Vernon Nazarene/Tickets on Sale for AMC Title Game"

Walsh (23-4, 11-2 AMC S) fell four spots to number six in the latest NAIA poll released today.Twenty-four of the 25 teams switched places in the ninth regular season edition of the Men's Basketball Top 25 Coaches' Poll.The only team to hold court is No. 1 Morningside College (Iowa), as they remained number one for the sixth straight week.The Mustangs earned all 17 first place votes and 510 points.The Cavs were challenging the Mustangs last week, receiving five first place votes and 495 points, before the loss at Mount Vernon Nazarene University last Thursday.

Walsh received 435 points, one point less than fifth ranked Bellevue University (436).The Cavs, who clinched their fourth straight American Mideast Conference South championship last night at Urbana University, close the regular season at home against Wilberforce University on Saturday at 4 pm.

Walsh will then host the AMC North Division winner in the conference championship game on Tuesday, February 26 at 7:30 pm at Alumni Arena. The winner receives an automatic berth to the NAIA National Tournament, March 12-18 in Branson, Missouri.Walsh has made three straight trips to Branson and won the national championship in 2005. Tickets go on sale for the title game at 1 pm on Thursday at the Walsh Physical Education Center ticket booth in the lobby, and will be on sale Friday (1 -4 pm), during Saturday's game andMonday and Tuesday (1 - 4 pm).Adult tickets are $5.00 and students are $3.00

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

 
"Cavs Win AMC South Title With Win at Urbana"

(Urbana, OH) NAIA No. 2 Walsh (23-4, 11-2 AMC S) captured the American Mideast Conference South Division regular season title outright for the third time in the last four years, after routing Urbana University (5-22, 3-10 AMC S) 73-49 tonight.  Last season, the Cavs tied for the title with Cedarville University and Mount Vernon Nazarene, after winning it outright the previous two years.  The Cavs are the first team in 53 years to win the conference championship four consecutive years.  Findlay College, now the University of Findlay, won Mid-Ohio Conference championships in 1951-52, 1952-53, 1953-54 and 1954-55.  Walsh will now close the regular season at home on Saturday against Wilberforce University at 4 pm, and host the AMC North-South Championship game next Tuesday. 

Walsh held Urbana to .344 (11-32) from the field in the first half and led 35-23 at the break.  The Cavs put the game away early in the second half, scoring the first 9 points and holding Urbana scoreless the first 5-plus minutes.  Corey Jones (6-3, Sr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary), the NAIA's top three-point shooter, stayed red-hot from behind the arc and led all scorers with 21 points.  Jones was 5-7 from three-point and 8-13 from the field.  He has hit 19 three-pointers in his last three games.  Eder Araujo (7-0, Sr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete de Freitas) added 14 points and nine rebounds and Kyelce Cescato (6-10, So., Barra Bonita, Brazil/Colmeia Entec) scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds.   

Monday, February 25 ,2008

"Cavs Clinch AMC Title Game Berth/Tie for Title"

It was a record breaking week for the NAIA No. 2 Cavs.  After suffering a tough loss to Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Thursday night, Walsh (22-4, 10-21 AMC S) bounced back on Saturday and ran roughshod over the University of Rio Grande to secure a berth in the American Mideast Conference championship game on Tuesday, February 26, against the winner of the North Division.  With Saturday's win, the Cavs also became the first team in 53 years to win the conference championship four consecutive years.  Findlay College, now the University of Findlay, won Mid-Ohio Conference championships in 1951-52, 1952-53, 1953-54 and 1954-55. 

Walsh leads Cedarville University and Mount Vernon by two games and hold tie breakers against both, thus earning the title game appearance.  Walsh also claimed a piece of the AMC South regular season crown, and can clinch the division outright with one win in their final two games.  The Cavs travel to Urbana University on Tuesday (7:30 pm) and host Wilberforce University on Saturday (4 pm).  Both games will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

After snow postponed the Cavs trip to Mount Vernon last Tuesday, the two teams waited until Thursday for their second meeting of the season.  After posting a win in the first meeting in January, it looked like the Cavs would sweep the season series when they vaulted to a 16-point first half lead (42-26), as Corey Jones (6-3, Sr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) poured in 16 first half points.  But the Cougars would put on a furious rally in the final eight minutes of the game to come away with a 78-72 win.  The loss snapped Walsh's six-game winning streak and kept Mount Vernon's playoff hopes alive. 

Walsh held a double-digit lead through the first 11 minutes of the second half, when the Cougars cut the lead to nine points at 58-49 with 9:11 to play.  The turning point in the game came with Walsh leading 66-61 with 5:20 to play, when Brandon Weems (5-10, Sr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) was called for an offensive foul on a drive to the basket.  Mount Vernon's Ben Falkenberg then scored on a three-point play on the next possession to trim the lead to 66-64 with 4:20 to play.  After a Walsh turnover on the next possession, Falkenberg nailed a three-ball to give the Cougars their first lead since 16-15, at 67-66, with 3:52 to play.   Walsh regained the lead for the final time at 67-66 on the next possession on a lay-up by Eder Araujo (7-0, Sr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete de Freitas).  Falkenberg then scored his seventh straight point as MVNU took the lead back at 68-67 with 3:30 to play.  Corey Jones then hit one of two free throws to tie the game at 69 with 2:23 to play.  After MVNU regained the lead at 71-69, Walsh's Josh Johnson (6-4, Jr., Warren, OH/Harding) hit two free throws to tie the game for the final time at 71 with 1:56 left.  Falkenberg then struck again with a three-ball to put MVNU up 74-71 with 1:34 to play.  Johnson then split a pair of free throws with 1:16 to play to pull Walsh to within two points at 74-72.  After a Connor Gregg miss, Walsh had a chance to take the lead with 42 seconds to play.  With the clocking running down, Josh Johnson's three-ball from the corner was blocked by Jadin Thomas with 16 seconds to play.  The Cougars then hit four free throws for the final margin.  Jones led the Cavs with 17 points.  Johnson added 15 points and Araujo 13.   The Cougars shot .600 in the second half, after shooting only .353 in the first half.  Walsh shot .571 in the first half, but only .348 in the second half.

Walsh shook off the effects of the loss at Mount Vernon with a record breaking performance at home against the University of Rio Grande on Saturday.  The Cavs set two other records in their 110-72 win over the Redmen.  First they dropped in a team-record 19 three-pointers, with Corey Jones draining a record nine from the behind the arc.  For Jones, he also tied a career high with 30 points, set earlier this season.  It was also their eighth straight win over the Redmen.  Walsh trailed 4-2 early in the game, when they went on a 13-0 run to take control.  Jones hit 5 three's in the first half, as the Cavs led 54-31 at halftime. Josh Johnson added 12 first half points and Eder Araujo 10.  Walsh then blitzed the Redmen for 56 second half points, in scoring 110 points for the third time this season.  Walsh held its largest lead at 106-64 with 1:59 to play. The Cavs shot .552 (37-67) from the field and .487 (19-39) from three-point.  Brandon Speck (6-0, So., Mansfield, OH/St. Peter's) came off the bench and hit 4 three's and finished with 17 points.  Johnson added 16 points and Araujo 15. 

Walsh looks for revenge when they travel to Urbana University (5-21, 3-9 AMC S) on Tuesday.  Urbana handed Walsh their only home loss of the season, when they upset the Cavs 70-64 on January 22.  Urbana enters the games with three straight losses, including an 87-69 loss to Mount Vernon Nazarene on Saturday.  The Cavs lead the all-time series 48-30.  Wilberforce University (8-17, 2-10 AMC S) comes to Alumni Arena for the regular season finale on Saturday.  The Cavs beat the Bulldogs 55-48 at Wilberforce on January 29 and lead the all-time series 15-3 with 8 straight wins.  The Bulldogs have lost two straight and were bounced 101-71 at Cedarville on Saturday.  It's a three-game week for the Bulldogs, as they host Ohio Dominican University on Tuesday and play at rival Central State on Thursday before coming to Walsh on Saturday. 

Eder Araujo leads the Cavs in scoring (14.6 ppg) and rebounding (8.9 rpg).  Corey Jones is averaging 13.5 points and is shooting an AMC and NAIA best .566 from three-point range.  Jones 13-20 (.650) from the behind the arc this past week and averaged 23.5 ppg.  He is also shooting .530 from the field and .870 from the foul line.  Brandon Weems is averaging 11.2 points and an AMC leading 6.2 assists.   Josh Johnson is averaging 10.8 ppg and 5.3 rebounds. 

Saturday, February 16, 2008

"Record Setting Day as Cavs Clinch Tie for AMC South Title"

It was record setting day for the NAIA second ranked Walsh University Men's Basketball Team.  First the Cavs (22-4, 10-2 AMC S) clinched their fourth straight American Mideast Conference Southern Division title with a 110-72 drubbing of the University of Rio Grande (8-18, 3-9 AMC S) at Alumni Arena.  With the win, the Cavs become the first team since the University of Findlay (Findlay College) to win four straight conference titles.  Findlay, now a NCAA II member, turned the trick between 1951 and 1955.  The Cavs have two regular season games remaining, at Urbana University on Tuesday (7:30 pm) and at home to Wilberforce University (4 pm) next Saturday. Both games will be aired live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.  Walsh is also assured of playing in the AMC North-South championship game, at Walsh, on Tuesday, February 28.  At this point, there is a strong possibility of a Walsh-Malone College rematch.

The Cavs also set two other records in the win over the Redmen.  First they dropped in a team-record 19 three-pointers, with Corey Jones (6-3, Sr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) draining a record nine from the behind the arc.  For Jones, he also tied a career high with 30 points, set earlier this season.

Walsh trailed 4-2 early in the game, when they went on a 13-0 run to take control of the ballgame.  Jones hit 5 three's in the first half, as the Cavs led 54-31 at halftime. Josh Johnson (6-4, Jr., Warren, OH/Harding) added 12 first half points and Eder Araujo (7-0, Sr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete de Freitas) 10.  Walsh then blitzed the Redmen for 56 second half points, in scoring 110 points for the third time this season.  Walsh held its largest lead at 106-64 with 1:59 to play.

The Cavs shot .552 (37-67) from the field and .487 (19-39) from three-point.  Brandon Speck (6-0, So., Mansfield, OH/St. Peter's) came off the bench and hit 4 three's and finished with 17 points.  Johnson added 16 points and Araujo 15.  Brett Beucler led Rio with 16 points off the bench.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

"Cavs Lose Lead, Game at Mount Vernon"

(Mount Vernon, OH) NAIA No. 2 Walsh (21-4, 9-2 AMC S) failed to clinch a tie for the American Mideast Conference South title, after losing 78-72 at Mount Vernon Nazarene University (20-5, 7-4 AMC S) tonight.  The loss also snapped Walsh's six-game winning streak and kept Mount Vernon's playoff hopes alive.  Walsh looks to bounce back Saturday at home against the University of Rio Grande at 4 pm.  The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

After trailing 10-3 early in the first half, Walsh caught fire led by as many as 16 points (42-26) behind Corey Jones (6-3, Sr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) 16 first half points. A Ben Falkenberg layup at the buzzer trimmed the Cavs lead to 14 points (42-28) at the break.

Walsh held a double-digit lead through the first 11 minutes of the second half, when the Cougars cut the lead to nine points at 58-49 with 9:11 to play.  The turning point in the game came with Walsh leading 66-61 with 5:20 to play, when Brandon Weems (5-10, Sr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) was called for an offensive foul on a drive to the basket.  Mount Vernon's Falkenberg then scored on a three-point play on the next possession to trim the lead to 66-64 with 4:20 to play.  After a Walsh turnover on the next possession, Falkenberg nailed a three-ball to give the Cougars their first lead since since 16-15, at 67-66 with 3:52 to play.   Walsh regained the lead for the final time at 67-66 on the next possession on a layup by Eder Araujo (7-0, Sr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete de Freitas).  Falkenberg then scored his seventh straight point as MVNU took the lead back at 68-67 with 3:30 to play.  Corey Jones then hit one of two free throws to tie the game at 69 with 2:23 to play.  After MVNU regained the lead at 71-69, Walsh's Josh Johnson (6-4, Jr., Warren, OH/Harding) hit two free throws to tie the game for the final time at 71 with 1:56 left.  Falkenberg then struck again with a three-ball to put MVNU up 74-71 with 1:34 to play.  Johnson then split a pair of free throws with 1:16 to play to pull Walsh to within two points at 74-72.  After a Connor Gregg miss, Walsh had a chance to take the lead with 42 seconds to play.  With the clocking running down, Josh Johnson's three-ball from the corner was blocked by Jadiin Thomas with 16 seconds to play.  The Cougars then hit four free throws for the final margin.

Corey Jones led the Cavs with 17 points.  Johsnon added 15 points and Araujo 13.  Ben Falkenberg scored 19 second half points and led MNVU with 23 points.  The Cougars shot .600 in the second half, after shooting only .353 in the first half.  Walsh shot .571 in the first half, but only .348 in the second half.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

"Cavs Number Two in Latest Top 25 Poll/Earn Five 1st Place Votes as Top Ten Shuffles

Walsh (21-3, 9-1 AM CS)) moved into the number two spot in the latest NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll.  Walsh moved one spot from third, and received 5 first place votes and 495 total points in the NAIA's 8th regular season poll.  Morningside College (Iowa) (24-1) remained number one, but received only 7 more points (502) and 6 more first place votes than the Cavs.

Eight teams changed spots in the poll, with only number one Morningside and tenth ranked Bethel College remaining the same.  The College of the Ozarks, the defending national champions, dropped the furthest, falling from fourth to eighth.

Walsh meet Mount Vernon Nazarene University (19-5, 6-4 AMC S) in an American Mideast Conference South game at Mount Vernon tomorrow night.  The Cougars fell from 15th to 31st in the latest poll.  The game was originally schedule for Tuesday night, but was postponed due to the weather.  It will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

"Basketball Games at Mount Vernon Nazarene Postponed Until Thursday"

Tonight's scheduled men's and women's basketball double header at Mount Vernon Nazarene University has been postponed until Thursday, January 14.  The women's game will start at 5:30 pm, followed by the men's game at 7:30 pm.  Both games will be aired live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

Monday, February 11, 2008

"Cavs Extend Win to Six/Take 3 Game Lead in AMC South/Recapture Mayor's Cup"

NAIA No. 3 Walsh (21-3, 9-1 AMC S) increased their lead in the American Mideast Conference South Division to three full games, with home wins against Ohio Dominican University (80-57) and Cedarville University (87-82) last week.  The Cavs also regained possession of the Mayor's Cup by defeating Malone College (81-76) for a perfect 3-0 week.  With just four regular season games to play, Walsh can clinch a tie for the AMC South title with one win and clinch the crown outright with two.  Walsh has won the AMC South title outright twice in the last three years, and tied for the crown last year.  This week the Cavs travel to Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Tuesday (7:30 pm) and host the University of Rio Grande on Saturday (4 pm).  Both games will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us. The next NAIA poll will be released on Wednesday. 

Walsh led from start to finish in an 80-57 AMC South Division win over Ohio Dominican University on Tuesday night.  The win was fourth straight for the Cavs.  , who host Malone College in the Annual Mayor's Cup game on Thursday at 8 pm.  With Corey Jones (6-3, Sr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) scoring 15 of his game-high 18 points in the first half, Walsh vaulted to 17-2 lead and 35-23 halftime advantage.  Eder Araujo (7-0, Sr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete de Freitas) added 14 points and a game-high 16 rebounds.  Kyelce Cescato (6-10, So., Barra Bonita, Brazil/Colmeia Entec) chipped in 10 points and Brandon Weems (5-10, Sr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) had nine points and nine rebounds.  

Before a sellout crowd of 1,100, Walsh regained possession of the coveted Mayor's Cup with an 81-76 win over archrival and 25th ranked Malone College on Thursday night.  The win was the fifth straight for the Cavs and snapped Malone's four-game win streak.  Walsh, Ohio's winningest collegiate team is also the first team to reach 20 wins in Ohio.  For the Cavs, it marks the fourth straight year that they have posted 20 wins under Head Coach Jeff Young and the 20th time overall.  Walsh held two 15-points in the first half (33-18, 36-21), and led 38-26 at halftime.  Malone cut the lead to 3 points (40-37) in the first 2:40 of the second half, but would get no closer.  Walsh used a 12-0 run to push the lead back to 15 points at 52-37 with 15:05 to play.  The Cavs held their largest lead at 18 points (64-46) with 10:03 to play.  The closest the Pioneers would come was the final margin.  Brandon Weems and Corey Jones combined for 42 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists in the win.  Weems scored a season-high 23 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and handed out 6 assists, while Jones tallied 19 points to go with 6 rebounds and 3 assists.  Joe Shardo (6-5, Jr., Yorkshire, OH/Versailles) came off the Cavs bench to add 12 points. 

Walsh completed its three-game sweep with an 87-82 win over Cedarville University on Saturday.  After blowing out Cedarville 77-55 on the road on January 9, it looked like the Cavs might do it again.  Walsh shot .611 from the field in the first half and led 52-30 at the break.  Walsh led 21-17 with 10:57 to play in the half, when they went on a 17-0 run to take a 38-17 lead with 5:45 left in the half.  The Cavs held their largest lead at 48-24 and led 52-30 at the half.  Cedarville came to life in the second half and whittled the lead to 11 points with 5:55 to play at 71-60 and to 8 points at 76-68 with 3:35 left.  The Yellow Jackets then used a 10-6 run to trim the lead to 82-78 with 1:10 to play.  It would be as close as they would come.  Eder Araujo led Walsh with a career-high 30 points.  He also grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds.   Kyelce Cescato chipped in 17 points and eight rebounds Brandon Weems had 11 points and 10 assists and five steals.  Josh Johnson (6-4, Jr., Warren, OH/Harding) was also in double figures with 12 points.

Walsh and Mount Vernon Nazarene (19-5, 6-4 AMC S) do battle in a huge AMC South match-up at Mount Vernon on Tuesday.  The Cavs won the first meeting 75-70 at Alumni Arena on January 15.  The Cavs have not swept the Cougars since the 2004-05 season, when Walsh won the national championship.  A Walsh win at Mount Vernon on Tuesday clinches a tie for the AMC South title. Also, if Walsh wins, and Cedarville and Ohio Dominican each lose, Walsh wins the division.  Mount Vernon has won back-to-back games, and rolled over Shawnee State 87-48 on Saturday.  Mount Vernon's Ben Falkenberg leads the AMC in scoring (20.8 pg) and free throw percentage (.918).  He scored 21 points against Walsh in the first meeting.  Eder Araujo paced the Cavs with 25 points and 13 rebounds.  Walsh leads the all-time series 37-25.

The Cavs host the University of Rio Grande (8-16, 3-7 AMC S) on Saturday.  The Cavs have won the last seven meetings with the Redmen, including an 84-67 victory on January 26.  Corey Jones poured in 30 points at Rio.  The Redmen have dropped their last two games and four of their last six contests.  They are home to Ohio Dominican on Tuesday. 

Walsh's balanced attack still has four players scoring in twin figures, led by Eder Araujo's 14.6 ppg.  Araujo is also the Cavs' top rebounder at 9.1 per game.  Corey Jones is averaging 12.6 points and is shooting an AMC and NAIA best .550 from three-point range.  Jones is also shooting .518 from the field and .878 from the foul line.  Brandon Weems is averaging 11.5 points and an AMC leading 6.4 assists.   Josh Johnson is averaging 10.5 ppg and 5.3 rebounds.  Joe Shardo is averaging 9.9 ppg and is shooting .575 from the field.

<>Saturday, February 9, 2008

"Cavs Hold on for Fifth Straight Win/Araujo Scores Career-High 30"

NAIA No. 3 Walsh University (21-3, 9-1 AMC S) won its fifth straight game, hanging on to defeat Cedarville University (16-7, 6-4 AMC S) 87-82 in an American Mideast Conference South match-up.  The Cavs now lead Cedarville, Shawnee State and Mount Vernon Nazarene by three games in the South, with four games to play.  The Cavs are at Mount Vernon Nazarene on Tuesday night at 7:30 pm.  The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

After blowing out Cedarville 77-55 on the road on January 9, it looked like the Cavs might do it again.  Walsh shot .611 from the field in the first half and led 52-30 at the break.  Walsh led 21-17 with 10:57 to play in the half, when they went on a 17-0 run to take a 38-17 lead with 5:45 left in the half.  The Cavs held their largest lead at 48-24 and led 52-30 at the half.

Cedarville came to life in the second half and whittled the lead to 11 points with 5:55 to play at 71-60 and to 8 points at 76-68 with 3:35 left.  The Yellow Jackets then used a 10-6 run to trim the lead to 82-78 with 1:10 to play.  It would be as close as they would come.

Eder Araujo (7-0, Sr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete de Freitas) led Walsh with a career-high 30 points.  He also grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds.   Kyelce Cescato (6-10, So., Barra Bonita, Brazil/Colmeia Entec) chipped in 17 points and eight rebounds Brandon Weems (5-10, Sr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) had 11 points and 10 assists and five steals.  Josh Johnson (6-4, Jr., Warren, OH/Harding) was also in double figures with 12 points.

Ryan Short led the Yellow Jackets with 25 points and 10 rebounds.  Christopher Walker added 17 points off the bench and Daniel Rose 14 points and 6 rebounds before fouling out.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

"Men Win No. 20, Recapture Mayor's Cup"

Before a sellout crowd of 1,100, NAIA No. 3 Walsh University (20-3) regained possession of the coveted Mayor's Cup with an 81-76 win over archrival and 25th ranked Malone College (16-6).  The win was the fifth straight for the Cavs and snapped Malone's four-game win streak.  Walsh, Ohio's winningest collegiate team is also the first team to reach 20 wins in Ohio.  For the Cavs, it marks the fourth straight year that they have posted 20 wins under Head Coach Jeff Young and the 20th time overall.

Walsh held two 15-points in the first half (33-18, 36-21), and led 38-26 at halftime.  Malone cut the lead to 3 points (40-37) in the first 2:40 of the second half, but would get no closer.  Walsh used a 12-0 run to push the lead back to 15 points at 52-37 with 15:05 to play.  The Cavs held their largest lead at 18 points (64-46) with 10:03 to play.  The closest the Pioneers would come was the final margin.

Walsh's Brandon Weems (5-10, Sr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) and Corey Jones (6-3, Sr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) combined for 42 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists in the win.  Weems scored a season-high 23 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and handed out 6 assists, while Jones tallied 19 points to go with 6 rebounds and 3 assists.  Joe Shardo (6-5, Jr., Yorkshire, OH/Versailles) came off the Cavs bench to add 12 points. 

Shane Humphrey led Malone with 21 points, with Tyler Renner adding 20.

Walsh is back in action on Saturday, in American Mideast Conference South match-up with Cedarville University.  Game time is 4 pm.  The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

"Cavs Jump Two Spots to Third in Latest NAIA Top 25"

Walsh (19-3, 7-1 AMC S) moved from fifth to third in the latest NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll.  Walsh captured two impressive road wins last week at Wilberforce University (55-48) and at Shawnee State University (84-43).  The Cavs then won their fourth game in a row last night, with a 80-57 thrashing of Ohio Dominican University, and currently have a two-game lead in the American Mideast Conference South Division.  Walsh received 473 total points. 

The Cavs meet 25th ranked Malone College (16-5) in the 44th Annual Mayor's Cup game at Alumni Arena on Thursday night at 8 pm. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

The Cavs are one win shy of their fourth consecutive 20-win season under Head Coach Jeff Young and 19th in school history.  Walsh's 19 wins also rank as the most of any Ohio men's collegiate team.

Morningside College, the NAIA's only undefeated team at 23-0, remained number one in the NAIA receiving all 17 first place votes and 510 total points.  Evangel University moved into the number two spot and the College of the Ozarks jumped from seventh to fourth.  William Penn University dropped from second to fifth and Mid-America Nazarene dropped two spots to number five. 

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

"Walsh Rolls to 4th Straight Win"

NAIA No. 5 Walsh University (19-3, 8-1 AMC S) led from start to finish in an 80-57 American Mideast Conference South Division win over Ohio Dominican University (13-10, 4-5 AMC S) tonight.  The win was fourth straight for the Cavs, who host Malone College in the Annual Mayor's Cup game on Thursday at 8 pm.  The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

With Corey Jones (6-3, Sr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) scoring 15 of his game-high 18 points in the first half, Walsh vaulted to 17-2 lead and 35-23 halftime advantage.  Walsh would then outscore the visitors 45-34 in the second half, as the pushed the lead to 18 points in the first eight minutes of the second half.

Eder Araujo (7-0, Sr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete de Freitas) added 14 points and a game-high 16 rebounds.  Kyelce Cescato (6-10, So., Barra Bonita, Brazil/Colmeia Entec) chipped in 10 points and Brandon Weems (5-10, Sr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) had nine points and nine rebounds.   Bryan West led ODU with 15 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

Monday, February 4, 2008

"Cavs End Road Swing with Two More Wins/Lead AMC South by Two Games/Araujo, Young Reach Milestones/Host Malone in Mayor's Cup on Thursday"

NAIA No. 5 Walsh (18-3, 7-1 AMC S) increased their lead in the American Mideast Conference South Division to two full games, with road wins at Wilberforce University and Shawnee State University.  The Cavs swept their three-game road swing and hold a two-game lead over Shawnee State, Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Cedarville University.  Walsh now returns home for a huge three-game week, which includes the annual Mayor's Cup game with Malone College on Thursday night (8 pm).  The Cavs also host AMC South games with Ohio Dominican University on Tuesday (8 pm) and Cedarville University on Saturday (4 pm).  All three games will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us

It was a record-setting night for the Cavs at Wilberforce University on Tuesday night.  Not only did the first place Cavs improve to 17-3 overall and 6-1 in the AMC South Division with a 55-48 win, but Eder Araujo (7-0, Sr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Odete de Freitas) scored his 1,000th career point and Head Coach Jeff Young (4th yr.) notched career win number 100.  Araujo has now totaled 1,032 career points, while Young is the fastest coach to reach 100 wins.  After Saturday's win at Shawnee State, Young sports a record of 101-28.  Walsh trailed by nine points (19-10) late in the first half, but closed the deficit to two points at 23-21 at halftime.  The Cavs then shut the Bulldogs down in the final 20 minutes, out scoring them 23-8 in the first 12 minutes to take control of the contest.  Araujo led all scorers with 19 points, while adding 11 rebounds.  Brandon Weems (5-10, Sr., Akron, OH/ St. Vincent-St. Mary) added 12 points to go with six assists; Josh Johnson (6-4, Jr., Warren, OH/Harding) added 10 points and six rebounds and Kyelce Cescato (6-0, So., Barra Bonita, Brazil/Colmeia Entec) led everyone with 13 rebounds. 

Walsh dashed Shawnee State University's (11-11, 5-3 AMC S) hopes of tying the Cavs for the AMC South lead by thrashing the Bears 84-43 in Portsmouth on Saturday.  Walsh put the game away early, jumping out to a 24-7 lead in the first eight minutes.  Walsh would shoot .567 (17-30) from the field and .643 (9-14) from three-point in the first half, in building a 46-20 halftime lead.  Eder Araujo led the way with 14 first half points, on 5-7 from the floor and a perfect 3-3 from behind the arc.  He would finish with 18 points.  The backcourt was superb, as Corey Jones (6-3, Sr., Avon Lake, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) and Brandon Weems combined for 24 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.  Jones tallied 14 points, four rebounds and five assists, shooting 5-7 from the floor and 4-6 from three-point.  Weems added 10 points, dished out seven assists and grabbed six rebounds. 

Walsh's three-game week starts with Ohio Dominican University (13-9, 4-4 AMC S) at Alumni Arena on Tuesday night.  The Bears fell out of second place tie, after losing 82-80 to Cedarville University on Saturday.  Walsh won the first meeting in Columbus, 76-70, on January 8 and leads the all-time series 60-20.  The Cavs have posted wins in the last eight meetings. 

Walsh and 23rd ranked Malone College (16-5, 4-1 AMC N) meet in the 44th Annual Mayor's Cup game at Alumni Arena on Thursday night (8 pm).  Walsh won the first meeting 70-56 at Malone's Osborne Hall on November 29 and lead the all-time series 56-39.  The Cavs also lead the Cup series 24-19, but were denied a chance to retire the Cup last year when Malone came away with a 79-72 upset win.  It takes three consecutive wins in the designated game to retire the Mayor's Cup.  Walsh last retired the Cup in 2004-05 and has done it four times, while the Pioneers have done it three times, the last time in 1980-81.  Malone, now a member of the AMC North, comes into the contest with wins in their last four games and in 11 of their last 12.  They defeated Notre Dame College 67-65 on Saturday night and are tied with Daemen College for first place in the North. 

Walsh and Cedarville University (15-6, 5-3 AMC S) complete the home stand on Saturday.  The Cavs won the first meeting 77-55 at Cedarville on January 19 and lead the all-time series 37-36.  The Yellow Jackets, who play at Mount Vernon Nazarene on Tuesday, defeated Ohio Dominican 82-80 in Columbus last Saturday. 

Walsh's balanced attack has four players scoring in twin figures, led by Eder Araujo's 14.3 ppg.  Araujo is also the Cavs' top rebounder at 8.6 per game, and is shooting .509 from the field and .768 from the foul line.  Corey Jones is averaging 12.4 points and is shooting an AMC best .526 from three-point range.  Jones is also shooting .515 from the field and .897 from the foul line.  Brandon Weems is averaging 11.1 points and an AMC leading 6.4 assists.   Josh Johnson is averaging 10.8 ppg and 5.6 rebounds

During their recent three-game road trip, the Cavs allowed only 51.6 points per game.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

"Cavs Take Bite Out of Bears/Lead AMC South by Two Games"

(Portsmouth, OH) NAIA No. 5 Walsh (18-3, 7-1 AMC S) increased their lead in the American Mideast Conference South Division to two games, after pounding Shawnee State University (11-11, 5-3 AMC S) 84-43 in Portsmouth today.  Walsh now has a two-game l