NORTH CANTON, Ohio - The Walsh Cavaliers men's basketball shook off an early deficit before pulling away late in the first half, defeating the Davis & Elkins Senators 92-56 on Saturday (Jan. 26) afternoon.
Davis & Elkins fired out of the gates, taking a 7-0 lead before Walsh called a timeout two minutes in. Walsh got back-to-back threes from Darryl Straughter and JT Shumate as they cut the deficit to one. The Senators pushed the lead to five with 14 minutes, but the Cavaliers came storming back. Walsh went on a 14-0 run over the four minutes as they took the lead and expanded it to 22-13 with ten minutes left in the half. Mark Mokros had eight points on the run while Shumate, Straughter and Will Parker each scored two points. The Senators cut into the lead, pulling within five but Walsh gained a 13-point advantage, 34-21 on layups from Sterling Christy and Shumate. Davis & Elkins scored a basket and then the Cavaliers ended the first half on a 12-0 run, spanning three and a half minutes. Shumate had six points on the run as Walsh led 46-23 at halftime.
Walsh continued the run into the second half as they added to the previous run with a 10-1 rally in the first four minutes of the second half. In total, the Cavaliers held the Senators to one point on a 22-1 run in nearly seven minutes of game action. Caleb Canter scored five points while Straughter nailed a three pointer in transition. Reece Bogan pushed the lead to 35 with a three pointer with 15 minutes left. With nine minutes left, the Senators made an 8-0 run but still trailed 71-49 with 7:25 to go. After the final media timeout, the Cavs ended the game on a 9-2 run with TyMere Straughter scoring five points off the bench. The Cavaliers won 92-56.
Five different players scored in double-figures in the game. Shumate led the Cavaliers with 17 points on seven-of-ten shooting. Straughter had 13 points, and four assists. Christy had a double-double with 12 points and 17 rebounds to go with five assists. Bogan had four three pointers in a 12-point effort. Conner Wess had ten points with five rebounds and three steals.
As a team, the Cavaliers shot 54.4% (37-68) from the floor with 14 three pointers. 56 points against is a season-low for a Walsh opponent.
Walsh will travel to West Virginia for a Great Midwest matchup with Ohio Valley on Thursday.