(MIDLAND, Mich.) – The Walsh men's basketball team returned to form with a 79-56 victory over Northwood at Riepma Arena on Thursday evening. The Cavaliers (8-2, 3-2) shot 50 percent, 29-of-58, from the field for the sixth time in the last eight games in the win against the Timberwolves (2-10, 1-3).
The 1-2 punch of Zac Carter and Trey Fletcher contributed for 51 points. Carter scored a game-high 28 points on 10-of-19 from the field, drained four 3-pointers, and dished out four assists en route to the victory. Fletcher followed with 23 points on 9-of-19 from the field and pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.
Jameel Moore provided a spark off the bench with 13 points on 4-of-8 from the floor with six rebounds.
With the exception of the first point of the game scored on a Northwood free throw, Walsh led the Timberwolves. After the aforementioned foul shot, the Cavs went on a 21-8 run to take control of the game.
The hosts didn't go away, however, and used a 10-0 run in the last two minutes of the half to trim the deficit to 39-36 at the half.
Walsh remained strong and its defense picked up to eliminate the possibility of a comeback. Midway through the second half, the Cavs scored on three consecutive possessions on layups by Moore and Steven Carpenter before a triple by Fletcher to make the score 66-54.
Northwood followed with a pair of free throws with 6:03 left in the game, but it was its final points of the game. In fact, the Cavaliers shut down the Timberwolves offense and held them without a field goal for the last 7:26 of the ballgame.
That shot belonged to PJ Weaver, a 3-pointer sandwiched between Moore and Carpenter's layups, who led Northwood with 20 points.
Overall Walsh limited the hosts to 35.1 percent, 20-of-57, from the field. The Cavaliers also dominated the inside game and outscored the Timberwolves 40-20 in the paint.
The Cavaliers now head north to the Upper Peninsula once again to take on Lake Superior State on Saturday afternoon. Tip-off with the Lakers is scheduled for 3 p.m.