(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – Solid shooting and a strong defensive effort helped Walsh defeat long-time rival Cedarville 76-65 in its first game back since the Christmas break. The Cavaliers (7-3, 4-2) led from start to finish, but a scrappy Yellow Jacket (6-6, 1-4) squad remained competitive throughout the contest.
A balanced offense aided Walsh as four players scored in double figures. Bo Furcron and Darryl Straughter each scored 14 for team-best honors. Furcron was 5-of-9 from the field, while Straugher was 5-of-8 and 4-of-7 from 3-point land.
Chandler Vaudrin was also important in the win as he pulled down 16 rebounds. The Lake product flirted with another triple-double, but was just shy of it with eight points and eight assists.
The Yellow Jackets were led by Patrick Bain with 15 points.
Cedarville mad have outscored Walsh in the paint, but it was the Cavs that crashed the boards by a 43-34 margin.
Overall Walsh was strong from the field with a 48.1 shooting percentage.
Walsh will now head south for two games before the spring semester starts. The first will be in Owensboro, Ky, as the Cavs take on Kentucky Wesleyan. They will follow with a game in Nashville against Trevecca a week from today.