(HOUGHTON, Ohio) – Walsh shot over 50 percent from the field for the fifth-straight game, but this time it wasn't enough as it was defeated 92-89 at the hands of Michigan Tech. It was the first loss of the season for the Cavaliers (6-1, 1-1), while the Huskies (3-4) opened GLIAC play with a win.
The Cavaliers shot 56.4 percent (31-of-55) from the field, but it was the Huskies who were even hotter as they made 33-of-57 for 57.9 percent. Michigan Tech jumped out of the gate fast and made 73.3 percent of its shots in the first half for a 73.3 percent success rate.
The majority of those came from forward Kyle Monroe who made 11-of-13 during that time for 29 points. He finished with 39 for the game.
Despite being down 15 at the break, Walsh still fought and battled back to tie the game in the second half. After Monroe hit a 3-pointer to make the score 79-69 in favor of the Huskies, Walsh went on a 12-2 run to equal things up.
Conner Wess answered Monroe's triple with one of his own, and after a Tech layup, Jameel Moore added another bonus bomb to cut the deficit to six with 8:50 to play. A Steven Carpenter layup, a pair of Zac Carter free throws, and a Trey Fletcher jumper followed to put each team at 81 with 5:07 to go in the game.
Michigan Tech answered and the Cavs were able to tie the game twice more, but unable to get over the hump as the Huskies hung on for a three-point win.
Fletcher led the Cavaliers with 21 points on 8-of-13 from the field and 3-of-4 from behind the arc. He was two rebounds shy of a double-double. Carter followed him with 20 points and added four 3-pointers and four assists. Moore came off the bench to score 17 and was 5-of-9 from the floor with three 3-pointers. Chandler Vaudrin was a perfect 4-of-4 and made 4-of-6 from the line for 12 points.
The Cavaliers return now return home to host their only two home games before the Christmas break. They will host Ferris State for the GLIAC home opener this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. before the "Home For The Holidays" alumni event against Grand Valley this Saturday.