(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – In the penultimate non-conference game of the regular season, Walsh defeated a scrappy Bluefield State squad by a 75-63 decision on Martin Luther King Day. It was a block party of sorts as the Cavaliers (10-4) and Big Blues (4-11) combined for 20 swats on the day.
Most of those were by Walsh who entered the contest No. 9 in the nation with 5.5 blocks per game. Today they had 13, by far the most since the Cavs joined the NCAA. The previous high was nine against Ohio Mid-Western on November 24, 2014.
Sterling Christy was responsible for six of them as he gave Bluefield the blues all night. Not only was he a force at the rim, but he recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds to boot.
He was one of four Cavaliers starters in double-figures. Chandler Vaudrin scored 14, pulled down 13 boards and dished out six assists. Bo Furcron scored a team-best 16 points, and Conner Wess dropped in 11 points.
The Big Blues added seven blocks of their own, six of which came in the second half as they rallied late, but the Cavs defense proved to be too much. Korey Williams led the visitors with a game-high 19 points off the bench.
Walsh used a hot first half where it made 61.5 percent (16-of-26) of its shots to take a 43-29 lead at the break. The Cavs extended that lead to 26 points after a 15-2 run in the middle of the half.
The Cavs will now prep for its rival Malone for the first of two meetings on the year and the first of four road games to close out the month. Tip-off with the Pioneers is slated for 1 p.m. on Saturday.