Walsh Overcomes 25-Point Deficit To Sink Lakers In OT

Walsh Overcomes 25-Point Deficit To Sink Lakers In OT

(SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.) – Walsh overcame a 25-point deficit to stun Lake Superior State in overtime by a score of 83-80 in Cooper Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon. It's the second time in as many games that the Cavaliers (7-5, 3-3) have overcome a deficit of at least 16 points to come back and win.

The Lakers (2-9, 1-4) led 44-19 with 1:24 to go in the first half and 44-21 at the break before Walsh went into rally mode. The Cavs came out in the third quarter and outscored the Lakers 20-8 before outscoring the hosts 29-18 in the fourth.

Walsh trailed 66-57 with four minutes to go just before Brittni Clopton sparked a 13-4 run with a layup. Brooklyn Wooten followed with a 3-pointer and Alex Hochstedler hit a jumper before Lake State made its final field goal in regulation with a layup at the 1:56 mark to make the score 68-64.

Wooten added another jumper before a pair of Laker free throws that were countered by two from Hochstedler, who tied the game with a layup with 42 seconds left in the quarter.

In overtime, the two teams went back and forth with Jalynn Graham nailing a triple to give the Cavs an 81-80 lead. Graham also pulled down the rebound after the Lakers attempted to regain the lead on the return trip. Clopton hit a jumper with eight seconds left and the hosts missed a 3-pointer at the end to set up the final score.

Wooten and Hochstedler each tallied 19 points to lead the Cavaliers. Wooten added eight assists and six rebounds while Hochstedler was 6-of-9 from the field.

Graham was a rebound shy of a double-double with 11 points and nine boards. Clopton contributed 15 points and seven rebounds.

Walsh could barely miss in the final 15 minutes as it went 9-of-13 from the field in the fourth quarter and 6-of-8 in overtime. The Cavs were also a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line in the fourth with no opportunities in overtime.

The Cavaliers now return home for Christmas break and won't return to the hard wood until New Year's Eve when they host Malone in the annual Mayors' Cup game. Tip-off with the Pioneers in the rivalry matchup is set for noon.

The Lakers (2-9, 1-4) led 44-19 with 1:24 to go in the first half and 44-21 at the break before Walsh went into rally mode. The Cavs came out in the third quarter and outscored the Lakers 20-8 before outscoring the hosts 29-18 in the fourth.

Walsh trailed 66-57 with four minutes to go just before Brittni Clopton sparked a 13-4 run with a layup. Brooklyn Wooten followed with a 3-pointer and Alex Hochstedler hit a jumper before Lake State made its final field goal in regulation with a layup at the 1:56 mark to make the score 68-64.

Wooten added another jumper before a pair of Laker free throws that were countered by two from Hochstedler, who tied the game with a layup with 42 seconds left in the quarter.

In overtime, the two teams went back and forth with Jalynn Graham nailing a triple to give the Cavs an 81-80 lead. Graham also pulled down the rebound after the Lakers attempted to regain the lead on the return trip. Clopton hit a jumper with eight seconds left and the hosts missed a 3-pointer at the end to set up the final score.

Wooten and Hochstedler each tallied 19 points to lead the Cavaliers. Wooten added eight assists and six rebounds while Hochstedler was 6-of-9 from the field.

Graham was a rebound shy of a double-double with 11 points and nine boards. Clopton contributed 15 points and seven rebounds.

Walsh could barely miss in the final 15 minutes as it went 9-of-13 from the field in the fourth quarter and 6-of-8 in overtime. The Cavs were also a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line in the fourth with no opportunities in overtime.

The Cavaliers now return home for Christmas break and won't return to the hard wood until New Year's Eve when they host Malone in the annual Mayors' Cup game. Tip-off with the Pioneers in the rivalry matchup is set for noon.