(HILLSDALE, Mich.) – No. 22 Walsh fell in its second consecutive game by a score of 86-73 to Hillsdale in GLIAC action Saturday afternoon. The Cavaliers are now 19-5 overall and 15-5 in the conference. The Chargers improve to 17-8 overall and 13-8 in the GLIAC.
Hillsdale led wire to wire and came out hot as the Chargers jumped out to a quick 14-4 lead. While it seemed that the Chargers couldn't miss, the Cavaliers had trouble making their shots and made just 29.2 percent of their shots. As a result, Hillsdale led by as many as 19 at 33-14 after Tim Dezelski scored a 3-pointer with 7:18 to go in the half.
At that time, Walsh made a furious rally to come back and keep the game close after an 18-4 run capped by a Zac Carter (Fr., 5-9, Ironton, OH/HS) layup put the Maroon and Gold back within five at 37-32 with 1:32 to go in the half. Hilldale added a couple of free throws to go into the break up 39-37.
Early in the second half, baskets by Brad DuPont (Sr., 6-0, Massillon, OH/Jackson), Hrvoje Vucic (Sr., 7-1, Split, Croatia/Faust Vrancic/Valparaiso), and Jeff Copeland (Jr., 6-5, Toledo, OH/St. John's Jesuit) put the Cavaliers within 41-38, but that was the closest they could get as the Chargers pushed the lead back up to 13. Walsh's last push game at the final media timeout as Jesse Hardin (So., 6-1, Warren, OH/Harding) scored on a layup and converted the and-1 opportunity to make the score 75-70, but the Cavs managed to score only three points the rest of the way.
Four Cavaliers scored in double figures with Hardin leading the way with 18 points. Copeland added 15, Vucic scored 14, and Carted tallied 10.
Walsh didn't have an answer for Dezelski who had a monster game with 33 points and 16 rebounds. Hillsdale also controlled the glass with a 45-29 advantage in rebounds.
It's possible that these two teams could meet again as both have clinched playoff spots for the GLIAC Tournament. Walsh is already guaranteed a home game for the quarterfinals on Wednesday, March 5.
The Cavaliers will now focus on their rival Malone, who has also clinched a playoff spot. The two neighboring schools will meet in the 50th Annual Mayor's Cup Game on Thursday. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.