(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – Walsh swept the seasons series with Trevecca after a 74-65 decision at Alumni Arena on Thursday evening. The win over the Trojans (4-20, 3-13) puts the Cavaliers (16-6, 11-5) into a two-way tie with Hillsdale for second place in the G-MAC.
Another balanced attack led the Maroon and Gold to the win as four players scored in double-figures. Darryl Straughter matched a career-high in the win with 22 points and set a career mark with nine field goals on 16 attempts. Four of those came behind the arc to equal his best.
Head Coach Jeff Young also received solid efforts by the rest of his starters. Sterling Christy added 18 as he was 7-of-12 from the field. Chandler Vaudrin came close to another triple-double and was just a rebound shy of achieving the feat for the fourth time this season. He finished with 10 points and 10 assists.
Steven Carpenter also totaled 10 points and pulled down seven rebounds on the day. Five of them came on the offensive end and four of them resulted in eight second-chance points. Six of them belonged to him on put-backs. Another resulted in a Vaudrin layup.
Walsh dominated in the point by not only outscoring the Trojans 44-26, but also gaining the edge rebounding by a 45-38 margin.
The first half featured three major runs with two of them coming from Walsh. The Cavaliers opened up the game with an 18-4 run before Trevecca countered with a 21-2 run of its own for a 25-20 lead with just over seven minutes to play in the opening frame.
It was the Cavaliers that finished strong, however, and closed the first with a 24-8 run capped by a buzzer-beater from Conner Wess to give Walsh a 44-33 lead at the break.
Trevecca threatened a few times in the second half, but was never able to cut the deficit lower than seven.
Walsh now sets its sights on Kentucky Wesleyan for the penultimate home game of the season. The Cavs tip-off with the Panthers at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.