(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – Walsh overcame a halftime deficit to come back and defeat Northwood 87-80 to remain unbeaten in GLIAC play Thursday evening. The Cavaliers (4-2, 3-0) have now won their last four games and dealt the Timberwolves (5-3, 2-1) their first conference loss.
The Cavs were down 41-34 to start the second half, but a 14-5 run in the first three minutes capped by a Jesse Hardin Jr. trey put the Maroon and Gold back on top. The two teams exchanged four baskets in the paint as Northwood tied the game back up, but Walsh led for the rest of the game after Zac Carter ended that exchange with a layup and a free throw on the and-1 opportunity with 14:42 to go.
It was the counter-punch Walsh needed after the Timberwolves went on an 18-1 run to close out the last 6:14 of the first half. The Cavs appeared to have control with a 33-23 lead after a layup by Chall Montgomery, but Northwood went through its best stretch in the game during that time to take the lead.
The game remained within one or two possession for almost the duration of the second half and Northwood took the game down to the wire. A Maurice Jones layup put the visitors within one, but a clutch 3-pointer by Hardin Jr. with the shot clock winding down put Walsh back up four at 82-78 with 43 seconds left in the game. The Cavs sank their final five free throws to ice the game.
Four Cavaliers scored in double figures with Trey Fletcher paving the way with 23 points. He was nearly unstoppable as he went 10-of-17 from the field. Only Jones had more points than him as Jones finished with a game-high 25 points.
Carter finished with a double-double in a somewhat unconventional way as he tallied 16 points and dished out a career-high 11 assists. He added five rebounds on the glass as well.
Hardin Jr. completed his night with 18 points. He was 4-of-8 from behind the arc and was three boards shy of a double-double. Montgomery was also close to a double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds.
Overall the Cavs were just a hair under 50 percent on the night as they were 31-of-63 from the field. They shot well in the second half with a 57.1 percent average as the Cavs went 16-of-28 from the field.
Walsh now has another tough task ahead of them on Saturday as it welcomes last year's GLIAC Champion Lake Superior State. Tip-off with the Lakers is set for 3 p.m.