Walsh gets off to hot start, runs away from Point Park men, 115-78
Feb. 7, 2012
NORTH CANTON, Ohio -- Riding an impressive shooting display in the early going, Walsh University got out to a 28-8 lead the first six and a half minutes and ran away from Point Park University, 115-78, in an American Mideast Conference men's basketball game Tuesday night.
Walsh (20-4, 8-2 AMC) had already made six 3-pointers by the time it took the 28-8 lead over Point Park (11-10, 4-5 AMC). The Cavaliers were 9 of 19 from long range the first half and took a commanding, 57-32 lead at the break.
Point Park could not keep up as its 23-percent shooting (11 of 47) the opening 20 minutes doomed it from the start. The Pioneers were just 3 of 17 from long range the first half although they made 5 of 12 after the break.
The loss stops a two-game win streak for Point Park, whose AMC record dips to 4-5. But since results versus NCAA Division II-bound Walsh will not be counted toward conference playoff qualification or seeding, the Pioneers are 4-3 in that respect. Point Park lost both games to the Cavs with the earlier one being 90-87 at home Jan. 3.
Walsh, which has made the NAIA DII national tournament seven years in a row, is not eligible for NAIA or AMC postseason because it is in year two of its NCAA Division II process.
Walsh's Ron Kinney, a 6-7 forward, led five starters in double figures with 35 points on 13 of 21 from the field and 5 of 8 from distance. He had 21 points by the half. Guard Cameron Mitchell had 20 points on 7 of 10 from the field and 3 of 3 from beyond the arc.
Shooting guard Rian Burrell added 18 points and six assists, and point guard Brad DuPont chipped in 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds to go along with a 4-for-10 performance from long range.
The Cavs shot 54 percent overall and 41 percent (12 of 29) from long range. Point Park shot 29 percent overall and 27 percent (8 of 29) from 3-point territory.
Asa Braxton led Point Park with 19 points off the bench although he fouled out late. The 6-2 junior was 4 of 9 from outside the arc and 5 of 6 from the foul line.
Devon Alexander, a 6-5 senior, added 17 points, and Jimmy Taylor totaled 12 points with a couple of 3-pointers off the bench.
Point Park got within 14 points at 30-16 after an 8-2 run in the first half. But the Cavs bumped the lead back up to 20 points moments later. The lead grew to 36 points, 74-38, the first five minutes of the second half.
Point Park has three games remaining with two of them being home games this weekend. The Pioneers play host to Roberts Wesleyan Saturday at 5:30 p.m. They follow that up with a home game versus Fisher Sunday at 4 p.m.
Roberts Wesleyan lost at Houghton, 48-41, on Tuesday and is tied with Point Park for the final playoff spot in the league at 4-5 AMC.