Photo by Greg Markovich
(HILLSDALE, Mich.) – Zac Carter's jumper just inside the 3-point line at the top of the key with one second left gave Walsh a 79-77 victory over Hillsdale at Potter Arena. The Cavaliers (12-4, 5-4) held off the Chargers (7-9, 3-7) as they came back from five points down in the final 1:56 of play.
Along with Trey Fletcher, the duo combined for an astounding 58 of the Cavs' 79 points. Fletcher topped the scoring column with 32 points, just two shy of the career-high he set last Tuesday. He was 10-of-20 with four 3-pointers on the night. He also pulled down six rebounds all on the defensive end.
Carter was 10-of-22 from the field with no bigger shot than the one he hit with a second left. Jameel Moore joined the Ironton duo in double-figures with 10 points.
Of Fletcher's 32, 22 of them came in a dominant first half where he went 8-of-14 from the field and 3-of-6 behind the arc. With the game tied at 24 with 6:16 remaining in the first half, he sparked and fueled a 16-2 run with 11 points over the next 3:40 to give the Cavs' their largest lead of the game.
Where Fletcher dominated the first half, Carter did so in the second with 17 points on 6-of-12 from the floor.
Defensively Walsh held its own as well. The Cavaliers controlled the rebounding edge 35-28. On top of that, they limited Hillsdale's leading scorer Stedman Lowry to two points and scoreless until the final minute of the game.
The Cavaliers, now winners of four-straight for the second time this season, will be back in action this Saturday as they head to Columbus to take on Ohio Dominican. Tip-off with the Panthers is set for 3 p.m.