VIENNA, W. Va. - The Walsh Cavaliers men's basketball team won their third straight game on Thursday (Jan. 31) night against the Ohio Valley Fighting Scots, 82-43.
The Cavaliers improved to 14-7 overall and 9-4 in the conference with the 39-point win.
JT Shumate put the Cavaliers up 4-0 with two straight baskets early. The Fighting Scots pulled within one at 6-5 less than four minutes into the game. Walsh answered with a 20-3 run over the next eight minutes as they led 26-8 with eight minutes left in the first half. Reece Bogan nailed two three pointers, Sterling Christy added six points and Shumate and Conner Wess each made a three during the run. Ohio Valley made a three pointer, then the Cavaliers scored seven straight points. Darryl Straughter had a three while Christy and Wess each had a jumper. Walsh pushed the lead to 22 with five minutes left before halftime. Straughter made a three pointer to close the first half as Walsh led 38-18 over Ohio Valley.
Ohio Valley opened the second half with a 5-2 run over the first three minutes. Walsh hit five three pointers during a 19-5 run that spanned four minutes of time. Bogan added four threes, where he ended the game with seven three pointers. Caleb Canter added a three pointer and Shumate chipped in four points. The Cavaliers led 59-28 with 12 minutes left. The Fighting Scots ended the run with a three pointer but the Cavs weren't letting the polar vortex affect them. Wess and Bogan made threes on a 10-2 Walsh run, as the clock approached seven minutes left. After four straight Ohio Valley points, Mark Mokros scored five points as Walsh scored eight consecutive points with 3:14 to go. Tymere Straughter ended the game wth five straight Cavalier points as Walsh dispatched the Fighting Scots 82-43.
Five players scored in double-figures for the Cavaliers. Bogan hit seven threes on a career-best 21 point night. He grabbed seven rebounds as well. Shumate had a stat line of 14 points, five rebounds and four assists. Christy was just short of his second straight double-double. He finished with 12 points and nine rebounds to go with three assists and three blocks on five-of-seven shooting. Straughter had ten points and a team-high five assists. Wess gave the Cavaliers ten points off the bench.
As a team, the Cavaliers shot 50% (32-64) from the floor and 51.7% (15-29) from three-point land. 15 threes tied a season-high, last set against Ohio Valley in December.
Defensively, the Cavaliers allowed a season-low 43 points on 25.9% (14-54) shooting and held the Fighting Scots to 15% (3-20) from deep.
Walsh will travel to Ohio Dominican on Saturday (Feb. 2) for a 3:00 PM tip against the Panthers.