(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – Walsh wrapped a perfect opening weekend of conference play with a 72-61 victory over Alderson Broaddus Saturday afternoon. The Cavaliers are now 5-1 overall and 2-0 at the conclusion of their six-game home stand to start the year. The Battlers fell to 5-2 and 1-1 in league play.
The game feature a battle between two of the best coaches in the nation with Walsh's Jeff Young and Alderson Broaddus' Greg Zimmerman. Among all active coaches regardless of division, Young started the season 14th in highest winning percentage, while Zimmerman was tied for 27th. In Division II alone Young was fourth and Zimmerman was seventh to start the season.
In the first meeting between the two, it was Young who came out on top.
While the game was close throughout, Walsh led all but 1:36 of the game. However, it wasn't until the final seven minutes of the game that the Cavaliers started to pull away. After a pair of free throws by AB's Mike Davis made the score 56-54 in favor of the Cavs, Walsh went on a 16-7 run to close out the game.
The Battlers' Matt Watkins put AB back within striking distance with a 3-pointer, but Conner Wess answered with a triple of his own. Layups by Carpenter and Vaudrin followed by three free throws then gave Walsh its largest lead of the game at 71-57.
Vaudrin finished with a game-high 22 points and another double-double with 10 points. He added five assists and four steals to his efforts as well. Sterling Christy and Andy Lucien joined him in double-figures with 10 points each.
Malik Bocook led Alderson Broaddus with 13 points. Davis, the G-MAC's leading scorer with an average of 21.8 points coming into today, was limited to 12 points.
Walsh shot 50.9 percent from the field on the day with 28 makes on 55 attempts. The Cavs were dominant inside as they outscored the Battlers 46-22 inside the pain.
The Cavs will hit the road the first time all season as they head to Findlay and Hillsdale next week.