(MARQUETTE, Mich.) – A second half offensive explosion propelled Walsh to a 97-77 victory over Northern Michigan in the GLIAC opener Thursday evening. The win allowed the Cavaliers to remain unbeaten at 6-0 while the Wildcats fell to 2-4 on the year.
To be fair, the outburst started to take effect late in the first half as a pair of Zac Carter free throws gave Walsh a 36-35 lead with 1:53 to go in the opening frame. The Cavs went on to score eight of the next 10 points to take a 44-37 lead into the locker room for half time.
That momentum carried into the second half as Walsh scored the first nine points to start the frame. Between the end of the first half and the 13:03 mark of the second, the Maroon and Gold went on a 36-7 run to take control of the game.
The Cavaliers barely missed as they shot an incredible season-high 61.7 percent on 37-of-60 from the field. Separate the second half by itself and they were even better at 67.7 percent with 21-of-31 made overall and 4-of-7 from behind the arc.
Carter led all scorers with 22 points as he was 7-of-14 from the field and 3-of-6 from 3-point land. Seventeen of those came in the second half. He also helped the Cavs dominate the glass by a 40-27 margin with six rebounds.
Three other Cavaliers scored in double figures. Steven Carpenter had a career night with 21 points on 8-of-11 from the field which included a 2-of-4 mark behind the arc. Trey Fletcher poured in 18 and was 8-of-13 overall. Andy Brunet tallied 14 on 6-of-8 from the floor and was a pair of rebounds shy of a double-double.
Chandler Vaudrin also had a superb day controlling the ball as he pulled down a season- and game-best 12 rebounds. He also did same in the assist and block categories with eight and three, respectively, for good measure.
The Cavaliers continue west in the Upper Peninsula as they are set to take on Michigan Tech on Saturday. Tip-off with the Huskies is scheduled for 3 p.m.