NORTH CANTON, Ohio - The Walsh Cavaliers men's basketball team brought a thousand of the local Catholic school students to Alumni Arena for the home opener and Catholic School Day against the Franciscan University Barons.
The students and teachers involved saw an offensive outburst as the Cavaliers improved to 3-0 with a 110-52 rout over the Barons on Tuesday (Nov. 12).
JT Shumate got the crowd going early with a layup as Walsh took a 2-0 lead before the Barons tied it at two. Caleb Canter split a pair of free throws, giving the Cavaliers a 3-2 lead. Walsh trailed for 29 seconds when Franciscan took a 4-3 lead. The reigning G-MAC Player of the Week, Darryl Straughter made a three pointer and Walsh regained the lead for 15 seconds. Franciscan tied the game at six but Straughter hit a layup and Walsh was off and running. The Cavaliers did not trail the rest of the way, leading by 32 at the halftime intermission, 54-22.
Walsh opened the second half with a 26-2 run, scoring twenty straight points at one point. The lead expanded to 60, the highest of the game before Walsh closed out the 110-52 victory.
All 11 players scored with five of them in double figures. Mark Mokros led with 17 points on seven field goals (three threes). Sterling Christy had 15 points and six rebounds, going seven-for-seven from the floor. Straughter scored 14 points while Shumate finished with a double-double, 13 points and 11 rebounds and five assists. Christian Montague added 11 points in 20 minutes.
Canter scored nine points on four made baskets with Reece Bogan and Conner Wess each scoring eight points. Kyle Blend (six points), Drue Moore (five points) and Mark Kostelac (four points) all scored in their Cavalier debuts.
Walsh made 44-of-66 shots, shooting 67% from the floor. They made 11 three pointers and 11 free throws in the game as well. 110 points marks the most points scored since the 2017-18 season when Walsh scored 118 against Ohio Valley.
The Cavaliers will host Wright State-Lake on Saturday (Nov. 16) at 3:00 PM.