NORTH CANTON, Ohio – The Walsh Cavaliers upended Lake Erie, 72-52, on Saturday afternoon, exacting a measure of retribution for the Storm's victory over WU last month.
LEC struggled on offense, shooting just 32 percent (8-of-25) from the floor in the first half of a contest that would see the Green & White score less than 60 points for a second straight game. The Storm committed 11 first-half turnovers and for the game managed just two 3-pointers as they fell for a third straight game and for their sixth time in seven games. The game between Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference South Division foes marked the second meeting this season for LEC and WU – the Storm defeated Walsh, 85-74, on Jan. 18.
Walsh (17-3, 13-3 GLIAC) has now won six straight games. Five of those victories have been by double digits.
Lake Erie (9-13, 6-10) was led by Garrick Sims, who went 8-of-10 from the floor in posting a 17-point afternoon.
The Storm scored only 18 points in the game's first half. That total marks the team's lowest single-half score of the season, and on Saturday it put Lake Erie down by 11 (29-18) in a low-scoring period that saw both teams shoot under 35 percent from the floor.
Walsh drained a three-ball on its first possession of the second half and never looked back. A trey at 13:21 stretched the home team's lead to 20 (48-28). Lake Erie would get no closer than 18 the rest of the way.
The Storm shot 56 percent (14-of-25) in the second, but the Cavaliers countered by posting a 52.2-percent (13-of-23) mark. Walsh outdid Lake Erie at the free-throw line and from beyond the 3-point arc, as the Cavaliers won their sixth straight game.
Four players notched double-digit point totals for WU. Sims' 17 points were a game high, however. Walsh out-rebounded Lake Erie, 37-33, and the Storm was a minus-8 in the turnover exchange. Brad Dupont posted a box score line of nine points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals.
LEC struggled at the free-throw line, where the team went 6-of-13 (46.2 percent) for the game. Riley Thomas' six points were second to Sims' 17 on the Storm's scoring rolls.
Walsh's six-game streak is a part of a larger stretch that has seen the Cavaliers win 11-of-12. The lone blemish over that span has been Lake Erie's impressive win on Jan. 18.
On Saturday the Cavaliers earned a split and did so with authority.
Notes: Sims has scored 17 points or more in 4-of-his-last-6 games. ... Riley Thomas was held under 10 points for just the second time this season. ... LEC's three-game losing skid is part of a larger trend that has seen the team lose 6-of-7. Over that stretch Lake Erie has averaged just 62 points per game. ... Freshman guard Nick Deitsch logged eight minutes and scored five points.
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