OCU Takes Early Lead but Loses to Walsh

CANTON, OH - The Ohio Christian basketball squad wrapped up day two of the Hoops For Healing Classic at Malone University in a battle against longtime NAIA national powerhouse, Walsh University on Saturday afternoon.  Walsh came into the game being battle tested against Ohio State University and University of Dayton earlier in the season and had an overall mark of 5-1.

The Trailblazers got to work early as they came out running on all cylinders.  A free throw by freshman forward Kenny Cooper gave OCU a 7 point lead at the 10:00 minute mark of the first half with the score at 26-19 in favor of Ohio Christian.  A layup by senior guard Tirrell Cumberland put OCU ahead 30-25 with just 7 minutes remaining in the half.  Walsh would regoup and rally back to go on a 19-6 run to close out the half.  Despite a great start the Trailblazers would go into the locker room trailing the Cavailiers 44-36.

OCU battled with Walsh in the 2nd half but couldn't get the consecutive defensive stops needed to make a big rally.  Walsh extended their lead to 18 points in the 2nd half at one point but OCU refused to back down.  OCU made one last rally with 6 minutes remaining and went on a 10-3 run over the next 3 minutes to get within 11 with the score 81-70.  OCU fouled twice in the final minute but Walsh went 4 of 4 from the line to seal the deal with the final score 87-72 in favor of Walsh.

Ohio Christian was led by Tirrell Cumberland who scored 19 points on 6 of 11 shooting and 4 of 9 from three point range.  Mo Fall had another double-double as he tallied 15 points and 17 rebounds.  James Nelson worked hard in the paint as he had a double-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 blocks.  Kenny Cooper played 23 solid minutes as he scored 7 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.

OCU is back in action on Tuesday night as they head to Valor College in a OCAC rivalry game.  The game is set for an 8:00PM tipoff.