(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) - Walsh (17-3, 13-3) won their sixth straight game, and won for the 12th time in the last 13 games with a 72-52 victory over visiting Lake Erie College (9-14, 6-11) at Alumni Arena. With the win, the Cavs remain one-half game ahead of second place Findlay in the GLIAC's South Division.
Despite shooting just 25% from the field in the first half, Walsh took a 29-18 lead into the locker room. Lake Erie jumped to a 4-0 lead, and held the Cavs without a basket for the first six and one-half minutes. Walsh trailed 5-4 when Trey Fletcher (6-6, Fr., Ironton, OH/HS) scored to give the Cavs a 5-4 lead. The first half was tight, until the Cavs began to pull away in the final six minutes. Up 17-13 with 5:49 left in the half, Walsh would go on a 12-5 run to lead 29-18 at the half. Davonte Beard 6-2, Jr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary/Siena) paced Walsh with nine first half points, going 5-5 from the line. Walsh would hit 13-17 free throws in the first half, to offset going 0-13 from three-point.
The three-pointers began to fall in the second half, as Walsh hit four three's in the first six minutes to build the lead to 42-24. The Cavs would hold the double digit lead the remainder of the game, and led by as many as 28 points (68-40).
The Cavs balanced attack was led by Jeff Copeland's (6-5, Jr., Toledo, OH/St. John's Jesuit) 12 points. Copeland was 6-7 from the line and had 5 rebounds. Beard, Fletcher and Jesse Hardin (6-1, So., Warren, OH/Harding) each had 11 points. Beard was 7-7 from the line, and Hardin was 5-6. Fletcher was 5-8 from the floor and grabbed five rebounds.
Walsh shot 79% from the line on 27 of 34.
Chall Montgomery (6-4, So., Cleveland, OH/Central Catholic/U.S. Naval Academy) led Walsh with seven rebounds.
Walsh also received a stellar defensive effort from Brad DuPont (6-0, Sr., Massillon, OH/Jackson/Wheeling Jesuit). DuPont held Lake Erie's top scorer, Riley Thomas, to just six points on 2-11 from the floor. Thomas had 25 points in Lake Erie's win over the Cavs in January.
Walsh also took great care of the ball, committing only six turnovers.
The Cavs travel to Columbus to meet Ohio Dominican University next Thursday at 7:30 pm, and then return home to host Tiffin University next Saturday (3 pm). Both games will be broadcast live on WNPZ FN. 95.9.