NORTH CANTON, Ohio - The Walsh Cavaliers men's basketball team ended the regular season with a ten-game winning streak as they weathered the Lake Erie College Storm 75-59 on Thursday (Feb. 28) night at Alumni Arena on Senior Night.
The Cavaliers finished the regular season with a 21-7 overall record and a 16-4 G-MAC mark. They clinched the two seed for the men's bracket.
Reece Bogan started the game with a three pointer and assisted on a Darryl Straughter layup as Walsh started on a 5-1 run. Lake Erie tied the game at five with four straight points. Walsh went on a 7-0 run with JT Shumate scoring four points and Bogan adding a three pointer as they led 12-5 with 15:06 to go in the first half. Over the next five minutes, the Cavaliers pushed the lead to nine twice. On the second time, Lake Erie hit back-to-back threes as they pulled within three with eight minutes left. Bogan scored five points on the Cavaliers' 10-3 run as the lead grew to 29-19 at the under four media timeout. Walsh led by 13 twice in the last minutes of the half as they took a 38-25 advantage to the locker room.
Lake Erie closed the gap to five with an 8-0 run out of the halftime break, trailing 38-33. The lead went back to ten with five consecutive points for the Cavaliers. Over the next four minutes, the Storm tied the game with a 10-0 rally. Following a timeout, Walsh regained an advantage as a Bogan three pointer capped a 7-0 run. Walsh led 50-43 with ten minutes left. Lake Erie stuck around as they trimmed the lead to one twice. Lake Erie trailed 57-56 with six minutes to go. The small lead was shortlived as Straughter scored five points of a 7-1 run. The lead ballooned to seven with four minutes left. Lake Erie scored one final basket before the Cavaliers shut them out 11-0 in the final 3:39 of the game. Straughter iced the game with six points on that run.
Shumate led the Cavaliers with 21 points and three blocks. Straughter finished with 19 points and Bogan ended the night with 17 points on five three pointers. Christy had yet another double-double as he scored 11 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
The Cavaliers will watch the Saturday slate to see who they will host on Tuesday (March 5) in the Great Midwest Quarterfinal. More details will be released on Saturday evening when the bracket is finalized.