TIFFIN, Ohio - With a number of stellar performances and some records set this weekend at Tiffin, the Walsh Cavaliers men's basketball is 2-0 going into the home opener on Tuesday (Nov. 12) afternoon at 12:00 PM.
Walsh tied a school record with 19 three pointers in a 87-63 win over the Maryville Saints on Saturday (Nov. 10) and followed it up with 14 three pointers in a 76-58 win over the Missouri-St. Louis Tritons on Sunday (Nov. 10). Walsh dispatched a pair of GLVC schools in the GLVC/G-MAC Crossover.
Saturday (11/9) vs. Maryville
JT Shumate and Darryl Straughter combined for 18 of the first 20 points as Walsh led 20-9 five minutes into the game. The Saints closed the gap and took the lead with a 15-3 run that spanned nine minutes. Sterling Christy scored the next seven points as they took back a 30-27 lead with 4:49 left in the first half. Shumate pushed the lead to seven twice in the final four minutes but Walsh carried a 40-35 lead into the intermission.
A 7-1 run out of the locker room gave the Cavaliers a 47-36 lead as Maryville took a timeout. After two straight Saints baskets, Walsh went on a 10-0 run with five points from Christian Montague, expanding the lead to 17 with 13:44 to go. A Straughter three pointer put the Cavaliers up 20 with 8:39 left. Maryville closed the gap to 15 twice but Straughter ended the game with nine straight points. Walsh solidified a 87-63 win over the Saints.
Straughter shot the lights out in the Gillmor Center on Saturday as he set a school record with ten three pointers in the contest. The junior finished with 30 points on ten-of-15 shooting and ten-of-13 from beyond the arc. Shumate made ten baskets with five three pointers en route to 26 points with ten rebounds and five assists. Christy missed one shot and one free throw in a 14 point effort with a monster 17 rebounds.
The Cavaliers shot 48.5% (33-68) overall and was 50% (19-38) from three point land.
Sunday (11/10) vs. Missouri-St. Louis)
Walsh started hot and nearly went wire-to-wire with over 39 minutes of lead time. Christy scored the first basket and the Tritons tied the game at two. Shumate (six points) and Montague (eight points) combined for 14 points on a 16-2 run as the lead ballooned to 14 with 12:37 left in the first half. After a three point basket by UMSL, Straughter made two straight threes as the lead became 17. The Cavaliers led by as many as 18 but closed the first half with a 40-28 advantage.
Both teams went back and forth in the opening four minutes of the second half. After a Tritons layup, Mark Mokros and Straughter each made a three as Walsh led by 19, the largest lead of the day. A 17-6 run by Missouri-St. Louis slimmed the lead to eight, 62-54 with 8:28 left in the game. Walsh closed the game with a 14-4 run for a 76-58 win.
Montague had a career-high 22 points on eight shots (five three pointers) with nine rebounds and three assists. Shumate accounted for 19 points and seven rebounds after he made six shots, three treys and four free throws. Straughter followed up his career-high with 17 points on six three pointers. Christy had his second double-double of the year with ten points and ten rebounds.
Walsh shot 54% (27-50) from the floor and made 14 threes.
The Cavaliers return home on Tuesday (Nov. 12) for Catholic School Day at Alumni Arena, with the game starting at 12:00 PM. Walsh hosts Franciscan University in the home opener.