#1 Walsh catches fire in first half, tops Point Park men, 91-72
Feb. 1, 2011
NORTH CANTON, Ohio – Top-ranked Walsh University knocked down seven 3-pointers in the first half, took a 55-31 lead at the break and went on to defeat visiting Point Park University, 91-72, in American Mideast Conference men’s basketball action Tuesday night.
Walsh (23-0, 12-0 AMC), which has been ranked No. 1 in NAIA Division II since the Nov. 29 poll, won for the 44th consecutive time at home after taking control with a 27-7 run to end the first half.
Point Park (11-8, 5-6 AMC) scored the first eight points of the game and led 11-2 after four minutes but could not keep up the hot scoring. The Pioneers struggled to 28-percent shooting (11 of 39) the first half, which included 3 of 12 from beyond the arc.
Point Park senior forward Kris Douse turned in game highs of 27 points and 14 rebounds. The 6-7 native of Toronto, Ont., was 12 of 25 from the field and also added four assists. Senior guard Josh Trocchio, from North Hills, Pa., had 12 points on 4 of 9 from outside the arc while senior guard Jimmy Sherwood, from Sharon, Mass., scored all 10 of his points the first half.
Pioneers’ point guard Joel Cashatt tallied seven points, eight assists and four rebounds. It was the third time in four games that the Stockton, Calif., native had eight assists. Final starter Dante Anglin, from North Hills, Pa., chipped in eight points and six rebounds.
Walsh had a modest lead of 28-24 with 7:22 left in the first half before taking its 27-7 spurt into the locker room. Walsh shot 53 percent the first half (22 of 42), and senior guard Eric Schiele came off the bench for 17 points and 5 of 8 shooting from long range the first 20 minutes. Schiele finished with team highs of 25 points and seven treys.
In the second half, Point Park shot 58-percent from the field, and Walsh cooled off to 37-percent. Point Park outscored Walsh, 41-36, the last 20 minutes, but the 24-point halftime lead was too big to overcome.
The Cavaliers were still up by 20, 62-42, with 15:50 left before Point Park reeled off 10 straight points to make it 62-52, two minutes later. But Walsh was able to keep the advantage in double digits and was up, 75-59, with 8:59 remaining. Point Park made it a three-possession game, 79-70, at the 4:29 mark, only to have the Cavaliers score the next 12 points for a 91-70 bulge.
Walsh, which has six players averaging in double figures, placed five players in double digits Tuesday. Leading scorer Lamar Skeeter, a 6-0 guard, had 18 points and seven assists. Jeremy Shardo, a NAIA DII All-American point guard, totaled 14 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Skeeter and Shardo accounted for 15 assists and three turnovers. Walsh had only five turnovers, 10 less than Point Park.
Point Park has another challenging AMC road game Thursday night. The Pioneers visit Cedarville (7-4 AMC) that night with tipoff set for 7:30 p.m. The Yellow Jackets had been scheduled to visit #25 Malone Tuesday, but the game was postponed due to weather.