Cavs Hold off Lakers

Cavs Hold off Lakers


(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) - Walsh (9-2, 5-2) remained in first place in the GLIAC South after defeating North Division leader Grand Valley State University (9-2, 5-2) 75-66 at Alumni Arena. The Cavs have now won their last four games, and play host to Ferris State University on Saturday at 3 pm. The game will broadcast live on WNPQ FM 95.9 and streamed live on TEAMLINE.

The Cavs held double digits leads throughout much of the first half, and led by as many as 16 points (31-15) with 8:15 to play. Walsh led 35-22 with 3:50 left when the Lakers rallied with a seven-point run to cut the deficit to 35-29 at the break.

Grand Valley kept the momentum in the early stages of the second half and scored the first 10 points to take a 39-35 lead with 15:35 to play. Zac Carter (5-9, Fr., Ironton, OH/HS) finally got Walsh on the board with a three-ball to pull the Cavs to within a point at 39-38.

After a Rob Woodson jumper gave GVSU a 41-38 lead, Ryan Vanderhorst (6-3, Sr., New Knoxville, OH/HS) came off the Walsh bench and tied the game with a deep three from the left side to knot the game at 41-all.

Walsh would take the lead for good (43-41) on their next possession on a layup from Trey Fletcher (6-6, Fr., Ironton, OH/HS) with 13:25 to play.

The Cavs built a nine-point lead (55-46) with 8:59 to play, but could not put the Lakers away.  GVSU would cut the lead to one point at 58-57 with 5:31 to play, but Walsh answered as Brad DuPont (6-3, Sr., Massillon, OH/Jackson/Wheeling Jesuit) hit a three to give the Cavs a four-point lead at 61-57 with 5:25 left.

The Lakers would cut the lead to 63-59 with 3:09 to play, but would get no closer. Walsh hit their final eight free throws to seal the win.

DuPont and Carter led Walsh's balanced attack with 14 points each. DuPont also had six rebounds. Hrvoje Vucic (7-1, Split, Croatia/Faust Vrancic/Valparaiso) and Fletcher each had 13 points. Vucic led Walsh with 12 rebounds.

Grand Valley's Chaz Rollins led all scorers with 26 points, to go with a game-high 18 rebounds. Rob Woodson added 23 points.