(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – In northeast Ohio, when the Cavaliers and Warriors meet on a basketball court something exciting usually happens. The case was no different in Alumni Arena Monday night when Walsh used a second-half surge to defeat Indiana Tech 87-68.
The Cavs (3-1) and Warriors (8-1) were tied 38-38 at the halftime and continued to go back-and-forth in for the first 10 minutes of the second before Walsh closed the game on 28-11 stretch.
The Warriors were coming in as one of the best teams in the NAIA with wins already over defending national champion and nationally ranked No. 2 Union and No. 3 Saint Francis on back-to-back games. Their talent showed through early with an early 14-4 lead after a 3-pointer just 4:37 into the game.
Walsh chipped away at the deficit and eventually tied the game on a triple by Darryl Straughter with 7:24 left in the opening stanza to knot the score at 26-26. Bo Furcron then gave Walsh its first lead of the game on a free throw not too long after. Both teams exchanged leads five times the rest of the half before heading to the locker rooms even at the break.
The Cavs took control in the second half and never trailed. Sterling Christy had another big game and sparked the aforementioned run with a 3-pointer to put Walsh up 62-57. Caleb Canter followed with a bonus bomb of his own before a Christy layup put Walsh up 10.
A big part of the surge was the result of the sharpshooting of Conner Wess who nailed five 3-pointers off the bench. The first tied the game at 38-38 right before the half with the last four all scored in the second.
Christy led all scorers with 21 with another excellent night where he was 8-of-13 from the field and 3-of-6 behind the arc. He also pulled down 14 rebounds for his second-straight double-double.
Chandler Vaudrin joined him with a double-double of his own with 17 points and 10 assists. He was a rebound shy of his second triple-double of the season. He was 7-of-13 overall.
Straughter and Steven Carpenter added 12 and 11 points, respectively, to round out the double-figure scorers for the Cavs.
Nic Williams paced the Warriors with 15 points. He was 5-of-9 both from the field and the foul line.
Walsh returns to action Thursday when it hosts Davis & Elkins for its first G-MAC game of the season.