2009-10 Archive

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

"Cavs Fall 67-66 in Title Game"

Story courtesy NAIA

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. - A breakaway lay-up by Qadr Owens gave #15 Saint Francis (Ind.) a 67-66 lead with 40 seconds to play and the Cougars held off top-seeded Walsh (32-3) to win its first ever national championship, 67-66. Saint Francis became just the third double-digit seed to capture the title and the second lowest (Oregon Tech won it in 2004 as the 16th seed). The 2010 event is being played at the Keeter Gymnasium on the campus of College of the Ozarks (Mo.).

As has been the case in the previous 30 games at the championship, this one was incredibly close the entire way with 20 lead changes and four ties. The largest lead was an eight-point advantage by Walsh in the first half.

Saint Francis went on the game's first run with the score tied at nine. Matt Edmonds scored four points, Owens knocked down his only three-pointer of the night and a jumper by Ferdinand Morales-Soto gave the Cougars an 18-13 lead. Trailing by six (22-16), Walsh scored the next 10 points and held USF to without a field goal for nearly four minutes to go in front by four. A tip-in by Edmonds cut it to two but Walsh closed on the half on another run and after an Isaac Knight put-back, led 38-30. USF scored the final basket to make it a six point game at intermission.

Both teams shot very well in the first half as Walsh went 17/30 (57%) compared to 14/27 (52%) for Saint Francis. Ricky Jackson scored 12 in the first half to lead the Cavs while Edmonds led USF with 10.

A pair of three-pointers by Saint Francis at the beginning of the second half put the Cougars back in front, 46-44 by the first television timeout. Neither team held a lead larger than two the rest of the way. A reverse lay-up by Edmonds and a basket by Morales Soto put USF up two, 65-63. Walsh responded once again, however, on a Brandon Speck's three-pointer, his second in a span of 90 seconds, to put the Cavs' back up one, 66-65, with 2:23 left. The teams traded misses until a long rebound was run down by Owens and turned into an easy lay-in with 40 seconds left, which proved to be the game-winner but not the end of the drama.

Walsh missed on three opportunities to go-ahead until USF claimed the rebound and was fouled, sending Morales-Soto to the line. He missed the front end of a 1-and -1 and Walsh had another chance to take the lead. A Speck floater on the baseline was off the mark and a melee ensued for the rebound which was ultimately controlled by Sawyer-Davis with 2.3 seconds left. The junior also missed on a 1-and-1 and Walsh claimed the rebound and called a timeout. With 1.5 seconds left, Walsh threw it long on the inbounds pass but it was knocked away by USF and Saint Francis claimed its first ever national championship.

Sawyer-Davis, who was named the championship's most outstanding player, led all scorers with 22 points. The junior went 6-for-15 from the floor and also pulled down four rebounds. Edmonds added 14 points and five boards while Owens (11) and Morales-Soto (10) were also in double figures.

Walsh was led by Ricky Jackson (6-7, Sr., Chicago, IL/Canton McKinley) who recorded his fifth double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Jeremy Shardo (6-3, Jr., Yorkshire, OH/Versailles) put in 13 while both Lamar Skeeter (6-0, Jr., Dayton, OH/Kettering Fairmont) and Knight put in 10. The Cavs' held a 35-28 advantage on the glass but cooled off in the second half to just 36%, 46% for the game.

Before the game, Jackson was named first-team NAIA All-American and Shardo was named third-team.

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Game Notes vs. University of St. Francis (NAIA Championship Game) - CLICK HERE


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

"Cavs, Shardo Make ESPN's SportsCenter"

Jeremy Shardo's (6-3, Jr., Yorkshire, OH/Versailles) LEFT game-winning three pointer at the buzzer against Bellevue is the number two play on SportsCenters Top Ten Plays of the Day. Shardo's shot lifted Walsh into tonight's NAIA National Championship Game against the University of Saint Francis. Walsh beat the Bruins 67-66.

The game will be televised nationally by CBS College Sports, and broadcast locally on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us). Tip-off is 8 pm EST.

Shardo photo courtesy the NAIA


Monday, March 15, 2010

"Shardo's Three Puts Cavs in Title Game"

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(Point Lookout, MO) Jeremy Shardo's (6-3, Jr., Yorkshire, OH/Versailles) LEFT three-pointer at the buzzer has lifted Walsh (32-2) into tomorrow night's NAIA Championship game, as the Cavs defeated Bellevue University (28-7) 67-66. Walsh will play the University of Saint Francis (IN) (27-9) at 8 pm EST tomorrow night. St. Francis knocked off defending champion Oklahoma Wesleyan 77-73 in tonight's other semifinal game. The game will be aired live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us) and telecast live on CSTV and shown live in Walsh's Barrette Center. The live telecast is open to the public, with doors opening at 7 pm.

Walsh trailed for the first time in the tournament, falling behind 10-4 and 14-6 in the early moments. The Bruins of Bellevue would push the lead into double digits at 21-8 and 27-12 with 7:37 to play in the half. Walsh trailed 37-24 with 1:42 to play in the half, when they would go on a 7-0 run to get back into the ballgame and trail 37-31 at intermission. Two Brandon Speck (6-0, Sr., Mansfield, OH/St. Peter's) free throws closed the half.

Walsh closed to within 37-33 in the opening stage of the second half, but fell back as Bellevue extended the lead to 42-33 and 45-35 with 16:49 to play. The Bruins would then push the lead back to 15 points, as they completed their run and led 50-35 with 14:19 to play.

Walsh trailed 55-41 with 11:19 to play when they went to work, Walsh would use a 12-0 run to climb back into the game, capped by a Ricky Jackson (6-7, Sr., Chicago, IL/Canton McKinley) three-point play cutting the lead to 55-53 with 6:46 to play.

Walsh trailed 57-56 when Brandon Speck hit a three to give Walsh its first lead of the game at 59-57 with 4:58 left. Bellevue then tied the game with two Jelani Johnson free throws at 59 with 4:00 left. Walsh regained the lead as Lamar Skeeter (6-0, Jr., Dayton, OH/Kettering Fairmont) hit one of two free throws with 3:30 to play to give Walsh a 60-59 lead. Bellevue then used a six-point run to lead 65-60 with 1:50 to play. Jeremy Shardo hit two free throws to pull the Cavs to within three-points at 65-62 and LJ Sutton (6-5, So., Youngstown, OH/Cardinal Mooney) scored to pull the Cavs to within a point at 65-64 with 57 seconds to play. Sutton then missed a free throw for a three-point play that left the Cavs down by a point. Jelani Johnson would split two free throws with 21 seconds to play, giving Bellevue a 66-64 lead. Walsh would fail to score, as Sutton missed inside in the final seconds, then was called for foul on the rebound with 2.4 seconds to play. Bellevue's Avery Tyler then missed both free throws giving the Cavs one more chance.

Brandon Speck threw three-quarters down the floor to Jackson at the foul line, who in turned passed to Shardo on the left side. Shardo then nailed the 35-footer to give Walsh the win and their second national championship appearance in six years.

"Brandon and Ricky executed their passes perfectly, and I had good luck," exclamed Shardo. "It felt good when I released it."

"Our guys hung tough and never let down," commented head coach Jeff Young. "I told them many teams trailed in the tournament by seven or eight points in the final minutes, and came back to win games."

Shardo led the Cavs with 18 points. He also was 8-8 from the line and turned the ball over just one time in 39 minutes. Jackson had his fourth double-double of the tournament with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Speck added 11 points off the bench and Skeeter had 10 points and five rebounds.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

"Shardo, Speck Named 2010 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete

(Point Lookout, MO) The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that 92 Division II men's basketball players have been named 2010 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Walsh's Jeremy Shardo (6-3, Jr., Yorkshire, OH/Versailles) and Brandon Speck (6-0, Sr., Mansfield, OH/St. Peter's) have been selected to the team. Shardo and Speck are business majors.

Nominated by each institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status to qualify.


Saturday, March 13, 2010

"CAVS ADVANCE TO FINAL FOUR"

Cavs-Embry Riddle YouTube

(Point Lookout, MO) Walsh has advanced to the NAIA Final Four for third time in school history, after defeating Embry Riddle Aeronautical 74-67 at the Keeter Gymnasium today. Walsh will play Monday night at 7 pm (EST), against the winner of the Indiana Southeast University/Bellevue University game, for the right to advance to Tuesday night's national title game. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us.

Walsh last reached the final four in 2005, when they went on the win the national championship. They also appeared in 1996, losing in Nampa, Idaho.

Walsh led from start to finish for the third consecutive game. The Cavs built a 34-26 halftime lead, on the strength of Ricky Jackson's (6-7, Sr., Chicago, IL/Canton McKinley) 11 first half points. L.J. Sutton (6-5, So., Youngstown, OH/Cardinal Mooney) chipped in six points and five rebounds. The game featured one tie, 2-2. Walsh would build an early lead of 14-8, when the Eagles closed to 16-15 with 9:30 to play in the half. Walsh would extend the lead back to eight points on two Jeremy Shardo (6-3, Jr., Yorkshire, OH/Versailles) free throws to end the half.

Embry Riddle scored the first five points of the second half to cut the lead to 34-31. Walsh would regroup and extend the lead to nine points at 40-31 on two Sutton free throws with 17:08 to play.

The Cavs would keep the lead between five and eight points, when the Eagles soared to cut the lead to 47-43 with 12:37 to play. Walsh would answer the run with a 6-0 spurt to take their largest lead of the game at 53-43 on two Lamar Skeeter (6-0, Jr., Dayton, OH/Kettering Fairmont) free throws with 9:50 to play.

The Eagles would then regroup and keep the Cavs within distance, trailing 57-54 on a Ray Graham three with 4:37 left. Walsh senior Brandon Speck (6-0, Sr., Mansfield, OH/St. Peter's) LEFT then answered with one his biggest shots of the tournament, to put the Cavs ahead 59-54 with 4:36 to play. After the Eagles cut the lead to 59-56 on a Eric Lorenzi score, Speck nailed a three to put the Cavs ahead 62-56 with 3:45 left.

After Embry Riddle's Blake Touchard cut the lead to 62-58 with 3:27 to play, Jeremy Shardo hit a three as the shot clock expired from deep on the left to put the Cavs ahead 65-58 with 2:50 to play. Embry Riddle trimmed the lead to 65-61, when Jackson scored on an assist from Skeeter to put the Cavs up 67-61 with 49 seconds to play. Riddle would close to 70-67 with 11 seconds to play, but Jackson settled the issue with two free throws. Walsh would connect on seven of eight free throws in the last 32 seconds to seal the win. Walsh connected on 20-23 from the line for 87% on the afternoon.

Ricky Jackson paced the Cavs with his third straight double-double of the tournament, with 25 points and 10 rebounds. "We still haven't play our best game," said Jackson. "Coach keeps stressing defense, defense, defense. If our defense is there, we're gonna win."

Shardo added 10 points, four rebounds, five assists and two steals. Skeeter and Sutton each had 10 points and six rebounds. "We're in the Final Four," exclaimed Skeeter. "It's a great win, but we're never satisfied. We kept our poise in the end, despite their pressure and remained confident. Things coach tells us everyday."

Walsh would out rebound the Eagles 43-30.

Embry Riddle's Erin Lorenzi led all scorers with 27 points.

For the third straight game the Cavs jumped on the opponent early. "We never gave-up the lead, despite a few nice runs. I told our guys to keep their poise, which they did. We made some nice plays, some free throws down the stretch and played our best defensive game of the tournament," noted head coach Jeff Young. "We try to do three things each game, hold our opponent under 65, which we just missed, commit 12 or less 12 turnovers (11) and out rebound the opponent by 12 (13). Speck and Shardo made big shots, in fact they all made big shots. That's what it takes to get to this point."

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NOTES: Walsh has not trailed in the tournament. There have been only two ties; 48-48 against Sioux Falls yesterday and 2-2 today.

Walsh has won 12 straight games...


Friday, March 12, 2010

"Cavs Advance to Elite 8 with 98-90 Win"

Walsh-SiouxFalls YouTube

(Point Lookout, MO) Top-seeded Walsh (30-2) has advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2006, after holding off the University of Sioux Falls (25-10) 98-90 in a Sweet 16 game at NAIA Division ll Championships being held at the Keeter Gymnasium on the campus of the College of the Ozarks. The win was the 11th straight for the Cavs, their longest win streak of the season. Walsh will play eighth-seeded Embry-Riddle Aeronautical (30-5) for the right to advance to final four tomorrow afternoon at 1 pm (CST). Embry-Riddle defeated Bethel College 67-64 in overtime in the game of the day. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

For the second straight day, Walsh led from start to finish, after vaulting to an 11-0 lead. The Cavs would lead by as many 14 points, at 27-13, with 10:37 left in the first half. USF would close to 27-22 at the 7:31 mark, but trailed the Cavs 44-36 at half. Ricky Jackson (6-7, Sr., Chicago, IL/Canton McKinley) and Jeremy Shardo (6-3, Jr., Yorkshire, OH/Versailles) paced the Cavs in the first half with 17 and 10 points respectively. USF guard Matt Malloy shot the Cougars back into the game with 14 first half points.

USF would close the Walsh lead to 44-40 and 46-44, before tying the game for the first time at 48 on Malloy jumper in the paint with 15:53 to play.

Walsh answered the charge, as Shardo and Lamar Skeeter (6-0, Jr., Dayton, OH/Kettering Fairmont) PICTURED LEFT hit back-to-back to give the Cavs the lead for good at 54-48 with 15:16 to play. The lead would fluctuate between five and ten points the next ten minutes, with Walsh holding a 79-68 lead with 3:39 to play. Walsh, who went to the line a staggering 49 times, would hit 10-16 down the stretch to hold off the Cougars, who closed to within 93-88 with 32 seconds to play.

Jackson paced the Cavs with 28 points and 12 rebounds. He connected on 8-17 from the field and 12-13 from the line. He had plenty of help, as Lamar Skeeter scored 18 second half points to finish with 25. Shardo added 21 points and Brandon Speck (6-0, Sr., Mansfield, OH/St. Peter's) added 13 off the bench.

Walsh shot just 40% from the field on 26-65, but did connect on 39-49 from the line (80%). Sioux Falls shot 49% from the field and received a 30-point effort from Matt Malloy. Thomas Frames added 15 points, Ronnel Grant 11 and Cedric Seedfeldt and David Maxwell each had ten.

"We played better defense early on, rather than late, which helped us get the early lead," said Walsh's Jeff Young. "The teams are all good out here, you're not going to blow teams out in the second round."

Shardo's and Skeeter's back-to-back three's were a key. "That was big, they had the momentum on their side,: exclaimed Young. "I told our guys at halftime, it's going to be a game of runs, and you have to be able to battle back. We're happy to escape with the win."

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

"Cavs Cruise to Opening Round Win"

Cavs Maine-Fort Kent YouTube

(Point Lookout, MO) Walsh (29-2), the number one seed at the NAIA Division ll Championships, played like a top seed in a 97-69 opening round win over the University of Maine at Fort-Kent (21-9) at the Keeter Gymnasium today. Walsh advances to Friday's second round, and will meet unseeded University of Sioux Falls (25-9) at 11:15 (EST). Sioux Falls defeated Grand View University 69-65 in overtime in the first game of the tournament.

Walsh led from start to finish in winning their tenth straight game. The Cavs scored the first ten points in taking command from the opening tip. Ricky Jackson (6-7, Sr., Chicago, IL/Canton McKinley) PICTURED LEFT led the first half charge with 16 points and 11 rebounds in the opening stanza. Walsh led 49-27 at the half, shooting 58% from the field and 70% from three-point on 7-10.

The second half was much like the first, with Walsh keeping the lead in double figures. The Cavs held their largest lead at 31 points (97-66) with 1:30 to play.

Jackson led all scorers with 24 points. He also had a game-high 14 rebounds. Jackson shattered the single season scoring mark of 708 held by Billy Jo Williams (1984-85). Jackson has totaled 720 points.

Walsh's balanced attack produced five double figure scorers. Brandon Speck (6-0, Sr., Mansfield, OH/St. Peter's) added 16 points off the bench, Lamar Skeeter (6-0, Jr., Dayton, OH/Kettering Fairmount) tallied 14 points and eight rebounds and Jeremy Shardo (6-3, Jr., Yorkshire, OH/Versailles) and Kyelce Cescato (6-10, Sr., Barra Bonita, Brazil/Colmeia Entec) each had 12 points. Shardo complimented his 12 points with seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. Walsh shot 58% from the floor and 47% from behind the arc. The two teams combined for 22 three-pointers. Walsh outrebounded the Bengals 50-28.

"We jumped on them early (10-0), establishing our defense and not worrying about our offense," exclained Cavs head coach Jeff Young. "We held them to three points for the first seven to eight minutes of the game. We knocked down some jumpers early and more importantly really took care of the ball and outrebounded them. If you don't rebound and guard people, you have no chance of winning here. Jackson did what we expected out of him. He is very focused."

For Ricky Jackson, it was the first step. "I felt comfortable, hit some shots during warm-up felt and really good coming into the game. My teammates were looking for me. I'm really proud of the win. We'll embrace the win, but we have to get ready for Friday. This is just first step one."

Maine at Fort Kent was paced by Jimmy Lopez and Jeremy Thomas. Lopez hit four three-pointers and finished with 20 points, while Thomas nailed six three's off the bench to finish with 18 points.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2010

"Cavs Land Top Seed for Tourney; Open with Maine-Fort Kent"

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - (Bracket) The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially released the 32-team bracket for the 19th Annual Division II Men's Basketball National Championship, held March 10-16 in Point Lookout, Mo. No. 1-seed Walsh University tops the list and comes into the tournament with a 28-2 record. Defending national champion and No. 6 Oklahoma Wesleyan enters with a 27-4 record.

For ticket information, call 417-335-NAIA. Action tips off on March 10 with games starting at 8:30 a.m. CST the first three days. In all, there are 31 games spanning seven days.

Walsh lands the top seed for the first time in school history. The Cavs will attempt to become the sixth No. 1 seed to win the National Championship in the history of the event. They have won nine straight games and lead the NAIA in several statistical categories, including field goal percentage (.513) and field goal percentage (.372). Last year, Oklahoma Wesleyan was the top seed en route to the trophy.

The Cavs, who won the NAIA National Championship in 2005, will meet unseeded Maine-Fort Kent (21-8) in the second game of the tournament on Wednesday, March 10 at 11:15 am EST. All Cavs games willl be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us. Maine-Fort Kent earned the programs' first ever NAIA tournament bid by winning the Sunrise Conference Championship 81-63 over defending champion Fisher College last Sunday afternoon. The Bengals and the Cavs have met once before, with Walsh winning 83-52 in the season opener in Maine last season. The winner advances to the second round on Friday morning at 11:15 EST and will meet the winner of the Sioux Falls (24-9)/Grand View (# 16, 25-7) game.

The Cavs will be making their 10th trip, and sixth straight to the divivsion two championships. They were ousted in the first round last season, 91-83 by Ottawa University. The Cavs are 6-3 in first round games and 4-1 under Jeff Young.

Unseeded College of the Ozarks (Mo.) serves as host for the 11th straight year and receives an automatic bid as the host qualifier. Ozarks is making its 14th Championship appearance, a best among the 32-team field. The Bobcats are 22-12 overall in the event. No. 2 Oregon Tech earns its highest seed in its 12th overall trip. The Hustlin' Owls are one of two teams in the current field with multiple trophies winning it all in 2008 and 2004. They boast the most Championship wins among all the current teams with a 26-9 mark. The other team with multiple Championships (three), No. 9 Bethel (Ind.), is playing in its ninth event and is 25-5 in the postseason.

Two conferences will send four representatives each to Point Lookout. The Cascade Collegiate Conference has No. 14 Eastern Oregon, Evergreen State (Wash.), Oregon Tech and Warner Pacific (Ore.) while the Mid-Central College Conference has Bethel, No. 3 Indiana Wesleyan, No. 15 Saint Francis (Ind.) and Spring Arbor (Mich.).

Of the 32 teams, there are four teams appearing in their first Championship. Davenport (Mich.), Maine-Fort Kent, McPherson (Kan.) and William Jessup (Calif.) are breaking the seal to their postseason. Five other programs are searching for their inaugural victory in Championship action.

Thirty-one games will be played out in Point Lookout. The first 30 games will be video-streamed by NeuLion, the parent company of JumpTV. Three different subscription plans for basketball (Men's and Women's Division I; Men's and Women's Division II) will be available for tournament coverage. Users can purchase the All-Tournament pass, which includes every event offered on College Sports Direct from all four basketball tournaments for $39.95. Each of the four basketball tournaments can be purchased separately for $24.95 and any single day can be purchased for $9.95. In order to view the streaming, click here.

The Championship final on March 16 will be televised live nationally on CBS College Sports Television with tip-off at 7 p.m. CST.

For more information on the Championships, click here.

Additional information courtesy the NAIA and Maine-Fort Kent


Tuesday, March 3, 2010

"Cavs Sweep AMC Post Season Honors"

The NAIA's No. 1 Walsh University Cavaliers have swept the post season honors in the American Mideast Conference. In a vote of the AMC's coaches, Ricky Jackson (6-7, Sr., Chicago, IL/Canton McKinley/West Virginia State) was named Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, while head coach Jeff Young was named Coach of the Year for the third time.

Jackson LEFT led the AMC in scoring, averaging 23.3 points per game. Jackson has scored 696 points, tied for the second with Robert Whaley for points in a single season, and just is 12 points shy of tying Billy Jo Williams single season mark. Jackson is shooting .607 from the field, .403 from three-point and .790 from the foul line. He also led the Cavs in rebounding, pulling down 8.2 per game and was a four-time AMC Player of the Week.

Joining Jackson on the AMC's first-team is junior guard Jeremy Shardo (6-3, Jr., Yorkshire, OH/Versailles) LEFT. Shardo, a repeater on the first-team, is averaging 10.2 points and is the AMC assist leader at 6.4 per game. Shardo is shooting .430 from the field and .750 from the foul line.

Lamar Skeeter (6-0, Jr., Dayton, OH/Kettering Fairmount) was named to the second team and Kyelce Cescato (6-10, Sr., Barra Bonita, Brazil/Colmeia Entec) was tabbed honorable mention. Skeeter, fully recovered from a broken leg suffered last season, is second on the team in scoring at 13.0 points per game. He is shooting .506 from the field, .412 from three-point and .782 from the foul line. He is averaging 4.0 rebounds per game, and is second to Shardo, handing out 2.6 assists. Cescato, a second-team selection last year, is shooting .597 from the field, averaging 8.7 points and is second in rebounding at 7.5 per game.

Kenny Kornowski (6-9, Marshallville, OH/Smithville) was named to the All-Freshman Team. Kornowski is averaging 6.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and is shooting .542 from the field.

Young has guided the Cavs to a record six straight conference championships and six consecutive trips to the national tournament. Walsh, most likely the number one seed for the upcoming tournament, won the NAIA crown in 2004-05. His record at Walsh is 164-36 in six years.

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Monday, March 1, 2010

"NAIA No. 1 Cavs Win AMC North/South Title Game/Await Seeding"

NAIA No. 1 Walsh (28-2, 15-1 AMC S) captured the American Mideast Conference South championship and most likely locked up the number one seed for the NAIA National Tournament with their 85-57 win at Notre Dame College last Saturday. For the Cavs, it was their ninth straight win, and second win over the Falcons in eight days. Walsh now awaits the seeding announcement, which will be broadcast live on the College Fanz Sports Network at 4 pm EST on Wednesday.

Ricky Jackson (6-7, Sr., Chicago, IL/Canton McKinley/West Virginia State) scored 33 points in a single game for the third time this season in the rout of Notre Dame. Walsh led the title game from start to finish and led by 15 points (47-32) on a Lamar Skeeter (6-0, Jr., Dayton, OH/Kettering Fairmount) coast-to-coast layup in the final 3.8 seconds of the first half. The Cavs would settle the issue early in the second half, by extending the lead to 20 points in the first two minutes. The Cavs held their largest lead (30 points) at 75-45 with 7:00 to play. Walsh shot 50% in the first half and 52% in the second half. Jackson would connect on 13-23 from the field, along with two three-pointers and 5-6 from the line. He also added a game-high 10 rebounds. Skeeter would add 20 points, as the two came close to equaling Notre Dame's total. Skeeter was 6-10 from the floor, 2-4 from three-point and 6-9 from the line. He would add four rebounds, four assists and two steals. L.J. Sutton (6-5, So., Youngstown, OH/Cardinal Mooney) chipped in nine points and six rebounds and Jeremy Shardo (6-3, Jr., Yorkshire, OH/Versailles) would handout six assists to go with eight rebounds. Walsh out rebounded the Falcons 41-31. The Cavs also connected on 23-29 free throws.

Walsh's high-scoring attack has five players in double figures, led by AMC scoring leader Ricky Jackson (23.2 ppg). Jackson's 696 points match Robert Whaley's total in 2004-05 and is second all-time. Billy Jo Williams scored 708 points in 1984-85. Jackson is second in the AMC in FG% (.607) and is eighth in the NAIA. He is also fourth in the AMC in free throw percentage (.790). Jackson leads Walsh in rebounding at 8.2 boards per game. Lamar Skeeter is averaging 13.0 points, is shooting .506 from the field, and is fifth in the AMC from the free throw line at .782. Jeremy Shardo is averaging 10.2 points and leads the AMC, and is third in the NAIA in assists (6.4) and first in the AMC in assist/turnover ratio (2.7). Brandon Speck is averaging 10.1 points and is fifth in the AMC three-point shooting (.405). L.J. Sutton is also scoring at an 8.9 clip and is shooting .472 from the field and is pulling down 5.9 rebounds. Kyelce Cescato (6-10, Sr., Barra Bonita, Brazil/Colmeia Entec) is averaging 8.9 points, shooting .597 from the field and is second to Jackson in rebounding at 7.5 per game.

The Cavs are averaging 91.9 points per game, first in the AMC and third in the NAIA, and are allowing just 60.6 ppg (1st-AMC, 2nd-NAIA). Walsh leads the NAIA in scoring margin (31.3), field goal percentage (.513), team field goal defense (.370), rebound margin (17.8) and assist/turnover ratio (1.50). The Cavs also lead the AMC in three-point field goal percentage (.393), which is good for third in the NAIA, and assists per game (17.8/1st-AMC, 3rd NAIA).


Saturday, February 27, 2010

"Jackson Scores 33 Points in AMC Title Game Rout of Notre Dame"

(South Euclid, OH) Ricky Jackson (6-7, Sr., Chicago, IL/Canton McKinley/West Virginia State) PICTURED LEFT scored 33 points in a single game for the third time this season, as NAIA No. 1 Walsh (28-2) routed Notre Dame College (19-11) 85-57 in the American Mideast Conference North/South Championship game today. The win, the ninth straight for Walsh, virtually assures them the number one seed for the upcoming national tournament when the brackets are released on Wednesday (4 pm).

Walsh led the title game from start to finish and led by 15 points (47-32) on a Lamar Skeeter (6-0, Jr., Dayton, OH/Kettering Fairmount) coast-to-coast layup in the final 3.8 seconds of the first half.

The Cavs would settle the issue early in the second half, by extending the lead to 20 points in the first two minutes. The Cavs held their largest lead (30 points) at 75-45 with 7:00 to play. Walsh shot 50% in the first half and 52% in the second half.

Jackson would connect on 13-23 from the field, along with two three-pointers and 5-6 from the line. He also added a game-high 10 rebounds. Skeeter would add 20 points, as the two came close to equaling Notre Dame's total. Skeeter was 6-10 from the floor, 2-4 from three-point and 6-9 from the line. He would add four rebounds, four assists and two steals.

L.J. Sutton (6-5, So., Youngstown, OH/Cardinal Mooney) chipped in nine points and six rebounds and Jeremy Shardo (6-3, Jr., Yorkshire, OH/Versailles) would handout six assists to go with eight rebounds.

Walsh out rebounded the Falcons 41-31. The Cavs also connected on 23-29 free throws.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

"Cavs Remain Number One in Final Poll"

Walsh (27-2, 15-1 AMC S) remained number one for the third straight week in the NAIA's tenth and final coaches poll of the season. Walsh received 436 total points and 15 out of the possible 16 first place votes. Oregon Tech Institute (26-4) received the other first place vote and remains number two spot with 421 points. Indiana University Southeast (25-5) remained number three with 393 points, while former number one Oklahoma Wesleyan University (26-3, 391 pts.) held onto the number four spot.

Walsh vaulted into the top spot three weeks ago in the NAIA for the first time since December 7, 1997, when they knocked defending national champion Oklahoma Wesleyan from the number one position. Walsh and NAIA No. 2 Oregon Tech own the Division II active streak for longest run in the Top 25 at 62 straight weeks -- the last time either was not ranked was Jan. 11, 2005.

Walsh travels to Notre Dame College on Saturday afternoon at 4 pm for the American Mideast Conference North/South Championship game. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us

NAIA TOP 25


Monday, February 22, 2010

"NAIA No. 1 Cavs Win AMC for Sixth Straight Season/Travel to Notre Dame for AMC North/South Title Tilt on Saturday"
NAIA No. 1 (final poll released today) Walsh (27-2, 15-1 AMC S) closed the regular season with two home wins to capture the American Mideast Conference South championship last week. Walsh clinched a tie for the AMC South Division title when they bested Mount Vernon Nazarene University 73-40 on Tuesday, and then won the title outright with an 86-64 win over Notre Dame College on Saturday. Walsh has now won outright, or shared the AMC title, a record six straight seasons. The Cavs and Notre Dame College will now do battle again, this time in South Euclid, Ohio on Saturday at 4 pm in the AMC North/South Championship Game. Ticket information will be released when made available. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us.

Walsh won its final eight games to close the regular season. They finished the regular season 15-0 at home, and have posted 35 consecutive home wins, counting wins in the old Alumni Arena. Walsh has also won 56 of their last 57 home games.

Walsh clinched a tie for the AMC South Division crown with a 73-40 win over visiting Mount Vernon Nazarene University last Tuesday. Walsh trailed Mount Vernon 10-8 with 11:56 to play in the first half, when they held the Cougars scoreless for five minutes in taking a 19-10 lead. They would expand the lead to 37-20 at the half, as Ricky Jackson (6-7, Sr., Chicago, IL/Canton McKinley/West Virginia State) scored 12 of his game-high 25 points in the first half. The Cavs were never challenged in the second half, outscoring the Cougars 36-20. Walsh held its largest lead at 33 points at 69-36 and the games' final score. Jackson hit 11-17 from the field and also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. Kenny Kornowski (Fr., 6-9, Marshallville, OH/Smithville) added 15 points off the bench and Jeremy Shardo (6-3, Jr., Yorkshire, OH/Versailles) chipped in 10 points. Walsh outrebounded MVNU 51-24. The Cavs shot 50% from the field, while holding the Cougars to 28% on 15-53 from the field.

Walsh's Jeremy Shardo (6-3, Jr., Yorkshire, OH/Versailles) exploded for a season-high 29 points in the Cavs 86-64 AMC South clinching win over visiting Notre Dame College (19-10, 11-5 AMC N) on Saturday. Notre Dame shot the ball well early and raced to their largest lead at 25-16 with 8:21 to play in the first half. From this point on it was all Walsh. The Cavs went on an 18-0 run and closed the half with a 21-2 run to lead 37-27 at the half. Shardo hit three three's during the run and finished the first half with 11 points. Walsh's run would extend the run to 43-14 as they salted the game away. Walsh would hold its largest lead at 24 points (86-62) with 1:31 to play. Shardo finished 10-14 from the floor and 6-8 from three-point. He also handed out three assists. Ricky Jackson (6-7, Sr., Chicago, IL/Canton McKinley/West Virginia State) added 20 points and eight rebounds and Kyelce Cescato (6-10, Sr., Barra Bonita, Brazil/Colmeia Entec) grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Walsh shot 53% from the field, including 59% in the second half. The Cavs outrebounded Notre Dame 43-27.

Walsh will now travel to AMC North champion Notre Dame College (19-10, 11-5) on Saturday in South Euclid at 4 pm. Walsh leads the all-time series 6-0. This will be the third playoff meeting between the two schools and first ever at Notre Dame. Walsh won 70-63 in the AMC semifinals last year and 78-61 in the AMC Championship game in 2006-07. If the Cavs fall on Saturday, they would then host the AMC Tournament Champion on Tuesday, March 2. Walsh has won their last seven AMC Playoff games.

Walsh's high-scoring attack has five players in double figures, led by AMC scoring leader Ricky Jackson (22.9 ppg). Jackson is second in the AMC in FG% (.609) and is seventh in the NAIA. He is also fourth in the AMC in free throw percentage (.788). Jackson leads Walsh in rebounding at 8.1 boards per game. Lamar Skeeter (6-0, Jr., Dayton, OH/Kettering Fairmount) is averaging 12.8 points, is shooting .502 from the field, and is fifth in the AMC from the free throw line at .792. Jeremy Shardo is averaging 10.4 points and leads the AMC, and is second in the NAIA in assists (6.4) and first in the NAIA in assist/turnover ratio (2.7). Brandon Speck is averaging 10.3 points and is fourth in the AMC three-point shooting (.407). Kyelce Cescato is averaging 8.9 points, shooting .596 from the field and is second to Jackson in rebounding at 7.7 per game. L.J. Sutton (6-5, So., Youngstown, OH/Cardinal Mooney) is also scoring at an 8.9 clip and is shooting .473 from the field and is pulling down 5.9 rebounds. Since joining the Cavs in January, Isaac Knight (6-8, Sr., Detroit, MI/Crockett/Kent State) is shooting .700 (28-40) from the floor in 13 games. He is averaging 5.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 11.5 minutes.

The Cavs are averaging 92.2 points per game, first in the AMC and third in the NAIA, and are allowing just 60.7 ppg (1st-AMC, 3rd-NAIA). Walsh leads the NAIA in scoring margin (31.7), field goal percentage (.513), team field goal defense (.371), offensive (48.3) and defensive rebounds (30.2) and rebound margin (18.1) and assist/turnover ratio (1.50). The Cavs also lead the AMC in three-point field goal percentage (.393), which is good for third in the NAIA and assists per game (18.1/1st-AMC, 2nd NAIA).


Sunday, February 21, 2010

"Title Game at Notre Dame Set for 4 pm"

Next Saturday's AMC North/South Championship Game at Notre Dame College is set for a 4 pm tip-off. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us.

The game features a rematch from yesterday, when the NAIA top ranked Cavs (27-2, 15-1 AMC) defeated the Falcons (19-10, 11-5 AMC N) 86-64 to close the regular season. The win clinched the AMC South for the Cavs, who have won, or shared, a record six straight conference championships.

AMC TOURNAMENT


Saturday, February 20, 2010

"Shardo Explosion Leads Cavs to AMC South Crown"

Walsh's Jeremy Shardo (6-3, Jr., Yorkshire, OH/Versailles) PICTURED LEFT exploded for a season-high 29 points in the Cavs 86-64 AMC win over visiting Notre Dame College (19-10, 11-5 AMC N) today. The win improved the NAIA No. 1 Cavs to 27-2 overall to 15-1 in the AMC, giving them the South Division title outright. Walsh has won or shared the AMC championship for a record six consecutive years. The win was the eight straight for the Cavs, and their 35th straight win at home, and 56th in the last 57 games. Walsh has now gone undefeated at home in each of the last two seasons.

Walsh and Notre Dame will now meet again, next Saturday in South Euclid in the AMC North/South Championship game. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and in the internet at www.wcer.us.

Notre Dame shot the ball well early and raced to their largest lead at 25-16 with 8:21 to play in the first half. From this point on it was all Walsh. The Cavs went on an 18-0 run and closed the half with a 21-2 run to lead 37-27 at the half. Shardo hit three three's during the run and finished the first half with 11 points.

Walsh's run would extend the run to 43-14 as they salted the game away. Walsh would hold its largest lead at 24 points (86-62) with 1:31 to play.

Shardo finished 10-14 from the floor and 6-8 from three-point. He also handed out three assists. Ricky Jackson (6-7, Sr., Chicago, IL/Canton McKinley/West Virginia State) added 20 points and eight rebounds and Kyelce Cescato (6-10, Sr., Barra Bonita, Brazil/Colmeia Entec) grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

Walsh shot 53% from the field, including 59% in the second half. The Cavs outrebounded Notre Dame 43-27. BOX


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

"Cavs Clinch Tie For AMC South"

NAIA No. 1 Walsh (26-2, 14-1 AMC S) clinched a tie for the American Mideast Conference South Division crown with a 73-40 win over visiting Mount Vernon Nazarene University (11-16, 3-11 AMC S) tonight. The Cavs can win the AMC South outright with a win over Notre Dame College at Alumni Arena on Saturday at 4 pm. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us. Tonight's win was the seventh straight for the Cavs and 34th straight at home.

Walsh trailed Mount Vernon 10-8 with 11:56 to play in the first half, when they held the Cougars scoreless for five minutes in taking a 19-10 lead. They would expand the lead to 37-20 at the half, as Ricky Jackson (6-7, Sr., Chicago, IL/Canton McKinley/West Virginia State) PICTURED LEFT scored 12 of his game-high 25 points in the first half.

The Cavs were never challenged in the second half, outscoring the Cougars 36-20. Walsh held its largest lead at 33 points at 69-36 and the games' final. Jackson hit 11-17 from the field and also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. Kenny Kornowski (Fr., 6-9, Marshallville, OH/Smithville) added 15 points off the bench and Jeremy Shardo (6-3, Jr., Yorkshire, OH/Versailles) chipped in 10 points.

Walsh outrebounded MVNU 51-24. The Cavs shot 50% from the field, while holding the Cougars to 28% on 15-53.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

"Cavs Remain Number One, Garner 15 First Place Votes"

NAIA TOP 25

Walsh (25-2, 13-1 AMC S) remained number for the second straight week in the NAIA's ninth coaches poll of the season. Walsh received 436 total points and 15 out of the possible 16 first place votes. This is the first time that Walsh has held the number one spot for consecutive weeks. Oregon Tech Institute (24-4) received the other first place vote and lands in the number two spot with 416 points. Indiana University Southeast (21-3) moved into the number three spot with 404 points, while former number one Oklahoma Wesleyan University (24-3, 395 pts.) fell from second to fourth.

Walsh vaulted into the top spot last week in the NAIA for the first time since December 7, 1997, when they knocked defending national champion Oklahoma Wesleyan from the number one position. Walsh and NAIA No. 2 Oregon Tech own the Division II active streak for longest run in the Top 25 at 61 straight weeks -- the last time either was not ranked was Jan. 11, 2005.

Walsh is home to Mount Vernon Nazarene University tomorrow night at 8 pm. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us


Monday, February 15, 2010

NAIA No. 1 Cavs Close Regular Season with Two at Home
NAIA No. 1 (new poll released today) Walsh (25-2, 13-1 AMC S) closes the regular season with two home games this week. Walsh can clinch a tie for the American Mideast Conference South Division title when they host Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Tuesday at 8 pm at Alumni Arena. Walsh has won outright, or shared the AMC title, a record five straight seasons. The Cavs lead second place Cedarville University (19-8, 11-2 AMC S) by 1.5 games. Cedarville has three games to play. On Saturday, the Cavs close the regular season against Notre Dame College at 4 pm. Both games will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us.

Walsh brings a six-game win streak into the week. They are 13-0 at home this season, and have posted 33 consecutive home wins, counting wins in the old Alumni Arena. Walsh has also won 54 of their last 55 home games.

Walsh vaulted into the top spot in the NAIA for the first time since December 7, 1997, when they knocked defending national champion Oklahoma Wesleyan from the number one position. Walsh and NAIA No. 3 Oregon Tech own the Division II active streak for longest run in the Top 25 at 60 straight weeks -- the last time either was not ranked was Jan. 11, 2005.

Walsh, Ohio's winningest team, reached the 25-win plateau for the 13th time and sixth straight time under Head Coach Jeff Young (161-36, 6th season).

Walsh lived up to its top billing in the NAIA, with a thrilling come-from-behind win at Malone University's Osborne Hall last Tuesday night. Malone came out red-hot, hitting their first six shots and racing to a 17-3 lead at the 15:36 mark. The Pioneers would connect on their first four three-point bombs, as Kyle Higgins hit his first five three's to finish the half with 15 points. Walsh would not rattle, or fold, as they whittled away at the deficit and trailed 34-30 at the half when Kyelce Cescato (6-10, Sr., Barra Bonita, Brazil/Colmeia Entec) scored on a lay-up with 45 seconds left in the half. Walsh came out and scored the first six points of the second half and took their first lead of the game at 36-34 on a Cescato lay-up at the 18:07 mark. Walsh would extend the lead to five points at 51-46 at the 8:53 mark. Malone would rally and regain the lead at 55-53 on an Ebiowe Porbeni dunk at the 5:38 mark. It would be the Pioneers last lead of the night. Walsh would take the lead back on the next possession on a Brandon Speck (6-0, Sr., Mansfield, OH/St. Peter's) three-pointer at 56-55 with 5:26 to play. The back and forth game would feature ties at 60 and 62, with Walsh taking the lead for good at 62-60 on a Lamar Skeeter (6-0, Jr., Dayton, OH/Kettering Fairmount) lay-up with 1:02 left. The Cavs would add two free throws each from Jeremy Shardo (6-3, Jr., Yorkshire, OH/Versailles) and Speck to close out the scoring. They would hold Malone scoreless the final 90 seconds. AMC Player of the Week, Ricky Jackson (6-7, Sr., Chicago, IL/Canton McKinley/West Virginia State), led Walsh's balanced attack with 15 points and nine rebounds. Speck added 13 points on 3-6 from behind the arc. Cescato added 12 points and five rebounds and Skeeter recorded a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Walsh now leads Malone 62-39 in the all-time series with seven straight wins. The Cavs have won 22 of the last 24 games against Malone.

Walsh posted its 25th win of the season against only two losses, with an 80-63 triumph at Shawnee State University (7-19, 4-9 AMC S) on Saturday. Walsh never trailed in a game that featured only one tie (2-2). Brandon Speck caught fire with five first half three's as the Cavs posted a 42-33 halftime advantage. Speck was 5-6 from behind the arc in the opening 20 minutes. Walsh would lead by double digits for most of the second half, with the final margin (17) their largest lead. The second half belonged to Ricky Jackson, who scored 23 of Walsh's 38 points to finish with a game-high 33 points. Jackson scored 33 points in both Shawnee State wins. Jackson was 9-14 from the field and 5-6 from the line and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Speck would finish with 15 points, Kyelce Cescato added 11 points on 4-5 from the field and 3-3 from the stripe and Jeremy Shardo added ten points, five rebounds, four assists and five steals. Walsh shot 56% (30-54) from the field and 78% (14-18) from the line.

Walsh and Mount Vernon Nazarene University (11-15, 3-10 AMC S) square off for the second time this season on Tuesday. The Cavs won at Mount Vernon 77-65 on January 12 and have an all-time series lead of 40-26. They have won the last three meetings.

Walsh closes the regular season against AMC North leader Notre Dame College (18-9, 10-4) on Saturday. The Falcons have dropped three out of their last four games, but defeated the University of Northwestern Ohio 64-60 on Saturday. The Falcons play at Daemen College on Tuesday. Walsh leads the all-time series 5-0.

Walsh's high-scoring attack has four players in double figures, led by AMC scoring leader Ricky Jackson (22.9 ppg). Jackson is second in the AMC in FG% (.609) and is seventh in the NAIA. He is also fourth in the AMC in free throw percentage (.805). Jackson also leads Walsh in rebounding at 8.0 boards per game. Lamar Skeeter (6-0, Jr., Dayton, OH/Kettering Fairmount) is averaging 13.3 points, shooting .523 from the field, and is fifth in the AMC at the free throw line at .789. Brandon Speck is averaging 10.7 points and is fourth in the AMC three-point shooting (.419). Jeremy Shardo is averaging 9.7 points and leads the AMC, and is second in the NAIA in assists (6.7) and first in the NAIA in assist/turnover ratio (2.7). Kyelce Cescato is averaging 9.1 points, shooting .595 from the field and is second to Jackson in rebounding at 7.6 per game. .L.J. Sutton (6-5, So., Youngstown, OH/Cardinal Mooney) is scoring at an 8.9 clip and is shooting .472 from the field and is pulling down 5.9 rebounds. Since joining the Cavs in January, Isaac Knight (6-8, Sr., Detroit, MI/Crockett/Kent State) is shooting .730 (27-37) from the floor in 11 games. He is averaging 5.8 points and 3.6 rebounds in 11.7 minutes.

The Cavs are averaging 93.1 points per game, first in the AMC and third in the NAIA, and are allowing just 61.4 ppg (1st-AMC, 3rd-NAIA). Walsh leads the NAIA in scoring margin (31.7), field goal percentage (.513), team field goal defense (.371), offensive (48.4) and defensive rebounds (31.3) and rebound margin (17.8) and assist/turnover ratio (1.50). The Cavs also lead the AMC in three-point field goal percentage (.396), which is good for third in the NAIA and assists per game (18.6/1st-AMC, 3rd NAIA).


Saturday, February 13, 2010

"NAIA No. 1 Cavs Post 25th Win at Shawnee State"

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Walsh, the top team in the NAIA, posted its 25th win of the season against only two losses, with an 80-63 win at Shawnee State University (7-19, 4-9 AMC S) today. The Cavs (25-2, 13-1 AMC S) can clinch a tie for the AMC South Division crown with a win at home against Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Tuesday night (8 pm).

Walsh never trailed in a game that featured only one tie (2-2). Brandon Speck (6-0, Sr., Mansfield, OH/St. Peter's) caught fire with five first half three's as the Cavs posted a 42-33 halftime advantage. Speck was 5-6 from behind the arc in the opening 20 mintues.

Walsh would lead by double digits for most of the second half, with the final margin (17) their largest lead. The second half belonged to AMC Player of the Week Ricky Jackson (6-7, Sr., Chicago, IL/Canton McKinley/West Virginia State) PICTURED LEFT, who scored 23 of Walsh's 38 points to finish with a game-high 33 points. Jackson scored 33 points in both Shawnee State games. Jackson was 9-14 from the field and 5-6 from the line. He also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Speck would finish with 15 points, Kyelce Cescato (6-10, Sr., Barra Bonita, Brazil/Colmeia Entec) added 11 points on 4-5 from the field and 3-3 from the stripe and Jeremy Shardo (6-3, Jr., Yorkshire, OH/Versailles) added ten points, five rebounds, four assists and five steals.

Walsh shot 56% (30-54) from the field and 78% (14-18) from the line.


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

"Cavs Erase Double Digit Deficit to Post 24th Win"

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Walsh lived up to its top billing in the NAIA, with a thrilling come-from-behind win at Malone University's Osborne Hall tonight in an American Mideast Conference game. The Cavs posted a 68-62 win to improve to 24-2 overall and to 12-1 in the AMC South. The loss dropped Malone to 12-14 overall and to 8-6 in the AMC North. The win was the fifth straight for the Cavs, who return to the hardwood at Shawnee State University on Saturday at 3 pm for an AMC South game. The contest will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us.

Malone came out red-hot, hitting their first six shots and racing to a 17-3 lead at the 15:36 mark. The Pioneers would connect on their first four three-point bombs, as Kyle Higgins hit his first five three's to finish the half with 15 points. Walsh would not rattle, or fold, as they whittled away at the deficit and trailed 34-30 at the half when Kyelce Cescato (6-10, Sr., Barra Bonita, Brazil/Colmeia Entec) scored on a lay-up with 45 seconds left in the half.

Walsh came out and scored the first six points of the second half and took their first lead of the game at 36-34 on a Cescato lay-up at the 18:07 mark. Walsh would extend the lead to five points at 51-46 at the 8:53 mark. Malone would rally and regain the lead at 55-53 on a Ebiowe Porbeni dunk at the 5:38 mark. It would be the Pioneers last lead of the night.

Walsh would take the lead back on the next possession on a Brandon Speck (6-0, Sr., Mansfield, OH/St. Peter's) three-pointer at 56-55 with 5:26 to play. The back and forth game would feature ties at 60 and 62, with Walsh taking the lead for good at 62-60 on a Lamar Skeeter (6-0, Jr., Dayton, OH/Kettering Fairmount) PICTURED LEFT lay-up with 1:02 left. The Cavs would add two free throws each from Jeremy Shardo (6-3, Jr., Yorkshire, OH/Versailles) and Speck to close out the scoring. They would hold Malone scoreless the final 90 seconds.

AMC Player of the Week, Ricky Jackson (6-7, Sr., Chicago, IL/Canton McKinley/West Virginia State), led Walsh's balanced attack wtih 15 points and nine rebounds. Speck added 13 points on 3-6 from behind the arc. Cescato added 12 points and five rebounds and Skeeter recorded a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Walsh now leads Malone 62-39 in the all-time series with seven straight wins. The Cavs have won 22 of the last 24 games against Malone.


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

"Jackson AMC Player of the Week for Fourth Time"

Walsh forward Ricky Jackson (6-7, Sr., Chicago, IL/Canton McKinley/West Virginia State) PICTURED LEFT has been selected the AMC Player of the Week in men's basketball for games played on Feb. 1-7. This is the fourth time this season that Jackson has earned the honor.

Jackson averaged 22.7 points and 9.3 rebounds to lead the Cavaliers to three more victories including a pair of convincing AMC decisions.

Jackson opened the week with 27 points and 12 rebounds in an 80-57 non-conference win at Ohio Dominican. He had 12 points and nine boards in a 79-43 outcome against Roberts Wesleyan and then went for 29 points and seven rebounds during an 84-68 victory over Daemen.

In the three games, Jackson shot 61 percent from the field and converted 11-of-12 free throws for 92 percent. He added three assists, three steals, and three blocked shots.

Walsh plays Malone University at Osborne Hall at 7:30 pm tonight. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us.


Monday, February 8, 2010

"Cavs Number One in the NAIA Top 25 for the First Time Since 1997"

NAIA TOP 25

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - After holding down the second spot in each of the last six polls, Walsh (23-2, 11-2 AMC S) moves up to the top billing in the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 poll. Walsh is ranked the top team for the first time since Dec. 7, 1997. Oklahoma Wesleyan, ranked No. 2 this week, was the top team for the last 12 straight polls before losing on Jan. 30 and Feb. 2. Walsh earned eight first-place votes and 429 points, while Oklahoma Wesleyan was a close second at seven first-place nods and 426 points.

Winners in 13 of its last 14 games and six in-a-row, Walsh has dominated competition winning by an average of over 33 points. The Cavs are tied for the most wins in the nation with a 23-2 record and leads Cedarville University in the AMC South Division by 1 ½ games. The Cavs are at Malone University tomorrow night for an AMC game at 7:30 pm and at Shawnee State University on Saturday at 3 pm. Both AMC games will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us).

Walsh and NAIA No. 3 Oregon Tech own the Division II active streak for longest run in the Top 25 at 60 straight weeks -- the last time either was not ranked was Jan. 11, 2005.


Monday, February 8, 2010

"NAIA No. 2 Cavs at Malone/Shawnee State"
NAIA No. 2 (new poll released today) Walsh (23-2, 11-1 AMC) remained in first place in the American Mideast Conference South Division after posting two AMC wins last week. Walsh leads second place Cedarville University, who stands 9-2 in AMC play. Walsh has four regular season games to play, while the Yellow Jackets have five. Outside of Walsh's two AMC wins (Roberts Wesleyan, Daemen) last week, they also defeated Ohio Dominican University in a non-conference game. The Cavs take a four-game win streak into the week, which begins with a conference game against rival Malone University at Osborne Hall on Tuesday night. The Cavs close the week with an AMC game at Shawnee state University on Saturday. Both games will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us).

Ricky Jackson (6-7, Sr., Chicago, IL/Canton McKinley/West Virginia State) scored a game-high 27 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds as Walsh defeated Ohio Dominican University (8-15) 80-57 on Tuesday night in Columbu