(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – Walsh returned to the win column with a victory over former and future conference rival Cedarville by a score of 71-63 at Alumni Arena Wednesday evening. In doing so, the Cavaliers (5-3) also snapped a five-game win streak by the Yellow Jackets (5-6).
This was the first game between the two former AMC members since the 2011-2012 season. Cedarville is currently a member of the G-MAC, the conference Walsh will join during the 2017-18 school year.
True to past form, both schools provided a scrappy game. Despite the Cavaliers going up by as many as 15 in the second half, Cedarville fought back and made it a one-possession game with 30 seconds left in regulation.
Walsh took its 15-point cushion after a Trey Fletcher layup paired with an and-one opportunity with 15:22 to go in the game. The Jackets responded and chipped away slowly throughout the rest of the period. They eventually cut the deficit to 60-57 after a 3-pointer from J.C. Faubion, but Fletcher answered with the next three points for Walsh.
After another Fletcher foul shot made the score 64-59, an Easton Bazzoli layup put Cedarville back within three with just 30 seconds left. It was as close as the Yellow Jackets would get as Walsh made seven consecutive from the charity stripe to ice the game.
Zac Carter proved to be a force all night that Cedarville had difficulty stopping as the point guard finished with a game-high and season-high 24 points. He was 9-of-15 from the floor and passed the ball about as well as he shot it with seven assists.
Fletcher was Walsh's offensive balance on the post as he poured in 23 points. He was 8-of-16 from the field and added eight rebounds. While Carter scored 15 points in the first half, Fletcher followed with 15 in the second.
Conor Keck joined them in double-figures with 10 points with a pair of 3-pointers. He was also impressive on the glass with nine rebounds. All aforementioned numbers were career-bests.
Bazzoli led Cedarville with 19 points. Faubion was just behind him with 17.
The Cavs are now off for the remainder of the month for Christmas break. They will return to action with a trip to Michigan to start the new year against Hillsdale on Saturday, Jan. 2. Tip-off with the Chargers is set for 3 p.m.