(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – A career-high 37 points from Zac Carter helped Walsh hold off Lake Erie by a score of 84-81 in the GLIAC South Division opener on Saturday afternoon. The senior point guard has now scored 33 or more points in four of his last five games and at least 25 in his last six.
The Cavaliers (12-4, 5-4) went back and forth with the Storm (3-15, 2-8) as neither team held a lead larger than 10 and changed 15 times, most of which occurred in the second half.
It wasn't until Carter found Conner Wess on a fast break pass three-quarters down the court on an alley-oop layup with 8:24 remaining that Walsh took the lead for good. That made the score 57-56 and sparked an 11-3 run over the next 4:04 to help give some separation for the Maroon and Gold.
Lake Erie eventually trimmed the lead down to one with one second left, but Jameel Moore sank two free throws at the end while the Storm was unable to get off a shot as time expired.
Carter was remarkable as he made 14-of-22 overall and 9-of-11 from the free throw line. He added three assists and a steal in the win.
Moore finished with 16 points as he was 4-of-8 overall, 2-of-4 from behind the arc, and 6-of-8 from the line. He added five rebounds, a steal, and assist, and a block.
Trey Fletcher was once again a force on the baseline as he scored 13 points to go with 12 rebounds for his team-best sixth double-double of the season.
Overall the Cavaliers were 32-of-61 from the field for 52.5 percent. They held a 39-35 edge on the glass.
The Cavs now head to Michigan for the final time ever for a conference game as they take on Hillsdale this Thursday. Tip-off with the Chargers is set for 8 p.m.