(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – A basket with no time remaining doomed Walsh as it fell to Ohio Dominican 90-88 in a double-overtime instant classic on Tuesday evening. The loss snapped a five-game win streak for the Cavaliers (14-5, 9-4), while the Panthers (11-9, 6-7) have now won three consecutive.
Darryl Straughter tied the game for the Cavs with a pair of free throws with seven seconds left, but ODU's Shemar Waugh played spoiler as he let a jumper near the foul line go just before the buzzer. After a couple of high bounces on the rim, the ball fell through dealing Walsh the heartbreaking loss.
The game was tightly contested throughout as neither team held a lead of more than nine points. Walsh outrebounded the Panthers 49-39, but the hosts made over half of their shots, 32-of-65 for 52.3 percent, to keep them in the game.
The loss spoiled another spectacular game by Chandler Vaudrin was on the edge of another triple-double. The sophomore point guard put down 32 points, two-shy of a career high, on 11-of-20 from the field. He pulled down 14 rebounds and dished out nine assists. As if that weren't enough, Vaudrin made five steals.
Will Parker had a strong game off the bench with an 11 points and nine rebounds, seven of which were on the offensive end. Bo Furcron and Andy Lucien joined him in double-figures with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Hasan Varence led the Panthers with 18 points.
The Cavs remain in third place in the conference with seven games left in the regular season. Walsh returns home to take on the two top teams in the G-MAC this weekend. First up will be Hillsdale on Thursday. Tip-off with the Chargers is set for 5:30 p.m.