NORTH CANTON, Ohio - The Walsh Cavaliers' men's basketball team won their eighth straight game with a 81-60 win over Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday (Feb. 16) afternoon.
Kentucky Wesleyan took two early leads, leading by three points four minutes into the game. Down 11-8, Walsh used a 9-0 run by Darryl Straughter and JT Shumate to take a 17-11 lead with 12 minutes left in the first half. The Panthers closed the gap to one shot, 17-16 before Walsh stormed off on a 15-2 run. Shumate and Straughter each scored five on the run as Sterling Christy (two points) and Conner Wess (three points) also added to the rally where the Cavaliers led 32-18 with 5:38 left in the half. The Cavaliers pushed the lead to as many as 16 before ending the half with a 43-29 lead.
The Cavaliers started the second half with a 7-3 run as Christy put the Cavs up 17 with a layup. Over the next six minutes, the Panthers trimmed the lead to seven, 52-45 with 9:51 left. Straughter hit a three and Shumate hit a jumper, allowing Walsh to regain a 12 point advantage with 9:51 left. Kentucky Wesleyan answered with a run that put them behind by six with less than eight minutes to go. Straughter led the next Cavaliers charge with eight of 15 points on a 15-5 spurt by the offense. The led grew to 16, 72-56 with 3:12 left. Over the final three minutes, Straughter scored four points on free throws and Wess added five points to ice the game. Walsh improved to 19-7 overall with a 81-60 victory.
Shumate scored 28 points on 11 field goals, including five threes. Straughter had six three pointers for a grand total of 26 points. Christy had another double-double with twelve points and ten rebounds. Wess added 11 points off the bench.
The Cavaliers will look to retire the Mayor's Cup next Saturday (Feb. 23) at Malone.