(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) - Walsh (22-5) has advanced to the GLIAC Semifinals after hanging on to beat Northwood University (18-13) 84-76 at Alumni Arena tonight. The third seeded Cavs will play at second seed University of Findlay (22-5) on Saturday at 1 pm at the Croy Gymnasium. Findlay defeated Hillsdale, and became the highest seed in the tournament after eighth seeded Malone upset top seed Lake Superior State. Findlay will host both semifinal games on Saturday and the championship game on Sunday. Malone (15-12) will play Michigan Tech (21-6), who ousted Grand Valley State. The Walsh/Findlay game will be broadcast live on WNPQ, 95.9 FM.
Northwood scored the first six points, and held their largest lead of the game at 6-0. Walsh would eventually get on track, and take a 21-16 lead with 12:46 to play in the half, as both teams shot the ball well early. Northwood would tie the game at 21-all, and take their final leads of the game at 23-21, and 26-25 with 7:01 left in the half. Walsh would catch fire, and use a 22-8 run to lead 47-34 at the half. Jesse Hardin (6-1, So., Warren, OH/Harding) hit 4-7 three's to all scorers at the half with 13 points. Jeff Copeland (6-5, Jr., Toledo, OH/St. John's Jesuit) and Brad DuPont (6-0, Sr., Massillon, OH/Jackson/Wheeling Jesuit) each had 11 points. DuPont was 3-3 from three-point and 4-4 from the floor, as Walsh shot 9-16 from long range in the first 20 minutes.
The first 11 minutes of the second half was all Walsh, as they kept the lead in double figures, and extended the advantage to 22 points at 74-52 with 10:21 to play. Walsh led 76-56 with 8:57 to play when their offense came to a screeching halt. The Cavs would not record a field goal the rest of the game, as Northwood went on a 15-0 run to cut the lead to 77-71 with 3:43 to play on a Darvin Ham three.
Walsh finally put a point the board when Davonte Beard (6-2, Jr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary/Siena) split two free throws with 3:18 to play. During the dry spell the Cavs went 0-7 from the floor, missed two free throws, and committed three turnovers.
Northwood kept plugging away and closed the gap to four points at 77-73 with 2:57 to play. That would be as close as the Timberwolves would come.
Walsh began to split free throws, get some stops, and came away with the win. Walsh put the game on ice by making five of their last seven free throws.
Jesse Hardin led Walsh with 26 points, on 9-16 from the floor, and 6-12 from three-point. He finished with double-double as he grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Vucic had 20 points and 8 rebounds, shooting 7-11 from the floor. Copeland added 16 points and DuPont had 12.
Walsh shot 48% from three-point on 12-25, and out rebounded Northwood 42-37. The Cavs took great care of the ball, committing only six turnovers.
Darvin Ham led Northwood with 26 points.