3.1.14 MEN'S BASKETBALL: Cavs Secure Third Seed; Win Share of GLIAC South
Men's Basketball, 2014-03-01
(TIFFIN, Ohio) Walsh (21-5, 17-5) clinched a share of the GLIAC South Division regular season title, and the third seed in the upcoming conference tournament, with an 82-60 win at Tiffin University (11-16, 7-15) today in the regular season finale for both teams. Walsh will be home on Wednesday night, March 5, for a quarterfinal GLIAC playoff game, against sixth-seeded Northwood University at 7 pm. The game will be broadcast live on WNPQ, 95.9 FM.
TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets are $8.00 for adults, $2.00 for non-WALSH student, children five and under are free, and Walsh students will admitted free with a valid ID.
Tiffin led by as many as 10 points in the first five minutes before the Cavs could get on track. Walsh trailed 15-6, when they ran off nine quick points to tie the game. Walsh would turn the 10-point first half deficit into an 11-point lead, before Tiffin scored seven straight points late to cut the lead to 38-34 at the half.
The second half was all Walsh. The Cavs quickly pushed the lead into double digits, and led by as many as 23 points with 2:34 to play.
Walsh would shoot 59% (17-29) in the second half, while holding Tiffin to just 26 second half points. Walsh shot 89% from the line in the second half (8-9), after making just 6-12 from the line in the first half.
Jeff Copeland (Jr., 6-5, Toledo, OH/St. John's Jesuit) continued his outstanding play with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Copeland was 10-16 from the field. Jesse Hardin (So., 6-1, Warren, OH/Harding) added 20 points and handed out four assists. Hardin was 7-13 from the floor and 5-6 from the line.
Hrvoje Vucic (Sr., 7-1, Split, Croatia/Faust Vrancic/Valparaiso) added 13 points and 6 rebounds, and Trey Fletcher (Fr., 6-6, Ironton, OH/HS) was big with 12 points and 5 rebounds off the bench.
Walsh did a superb job on the glass, out-rebounding Tiffin 39-23. The Cavs had four different players with at least five rebounds.
Walsh now heads back to the post season, in this, their first year as a full-fledged member of NCAA ll.
The GLIAC Tournament will have four games on Wednesday, at the top four seeds. Lake Superior State is the top seed, Findlay is two, Walsh three, and Michigan Tech number four. If Lake Superior wins their game on Wednesday, they will host the final four games next Saturday and Sunday.