The men’s basketball team collected their first conference win in a 59-52 victory over the University of Rio Grande RedStorm on Nov. 29.
The Cavs opened up on a 7-0 run on the RedStorm and never looked back.
It seemed that sophomore Javon Moore couldn’t miss in the first half, and that proved true as Moore hit a desperation 3-pointer as the shot clock expired to give the Cavs an 18-11 lead with 7:03 left until halftime.
The Cavs then used a steal from senior Jermaine Wright in which junior floor leader Darius Smith drove the length of the court for the layup.
Another 3-pointer by Moore and a layup by Smith gave the Cavs a 10-point swing to take a 25- 11 lead over the RedStorm with 5:17 left in the first half.
The RedStorm used an 11-6 run on the Cavs in the final three minutes of the first half as they trailed the Cavs 31-26.
Moore was a perfect six-of-six from the floor, with four of those shots being three-pointers as he totaled 17 points and five rebounds at halftime.
“He carried us on the offensive end,” Head Coach Lee Clark said.
All the Cavs had to do was play 20 minutes in the second half as the RedStorm came out of the locker room on a mission. Every time the Cavs extended their lead, the RedStorm kept chipping away at it.
A 3-pointer by sophomore Tyler Maggard gave the Cavs their largest lead of the second half at 48-36 with 9:06 left in the game.
The RedStorm used a 3-pointer by Evan Legg to get the Cavs’ lead down to four with 1:08 left in regulation, but two free throws by Maggard and one by Smith closed out the Cavs 59-52 for their first Mid-South Conference win on the season.
“We did enough to get the win,” Clark said.
Moore’s hot hand seemed to cool off in the second half, but he finished 31 points and nine rebounds. He was six-of-eleven behind the three point line.
Smith only finished with eight points, but did an exceptional job at running the Cavs’ offense.
“He did a really good job running the club tonight,” Clark said.
D.D. Joiner led the RedStorm with 18 points—11 of those coming in the second half.
In a must-win match-up to stay in the hunt to earn a trip to the Mid-South Tournament in Frankfort, Ky. the women handled the University of Rio Grande easily in a 77-40 win over the RedStorm in which the Cavs led the whole game on Nov. 29.
“To win like this at home,” said Head Coach Kristen Kunzman. “It feels good.”
The Cavs jumped out to a 7-2 lead three minutes into the game on a basket by sophomore Kenzie Poindexter.
The RedStorm battled back to get the Cavs lead down to three, but a basket by sophomore Katie Jo Lester gave the Cavs a 13-8 advantage with 13:11 remaining in the first half.
The RedStorm used a 3-pointer by Julia Heaberlin to get within one point of the Cavs with 9:13 left in the first half, but the Cavs put the foot on the accelerator and didn’t look back the rest of the way.
Key baskets by the senior duo of Charlotte Reasor and Chelsea Cluesman extended the Cavs’ lead.
Reasor hit a 3-pointer and was fouled to give the Cavs a 34-20 lead with 3:35 left in the first half, but the free throw was no good.
The RedStorm closed out the first half on a buzzer-beater put-back to go into halftime, trailing the Cavs 36-22.
Playing all 20 minutes in the first half, Cluesman tallied 11 points and 12 rebounds to lead all players. Cluesman’s sister, freshman Makenzie Cluesman, posted 10 rebounds in the first half.
The Cavs opened up the second half on a five point swing with two free throws by Chelsea Cluesman and a three-pointer by Reasor. Cluesman scored six consecutive points to build the Cavs’ lead to 49- 23 with 15:54 left in the game.
Already in a poorly officiated game, mass confusion broke out on the court as Lester was fouled shooting a three-pointer.
The foul was called on Shardai Morrison-Fountain, who also collected a technical for complaining about the foul.
The Cavs sent Chelsea Cluesman to the free throw line to shoot the technical free throws, and she made both. The officials gave her the ball again to shoot the free throws as they thought she was the one fouled earlier.
Kunzman and RedStorm head coach David Smalley stood in confusion.
After the officials met to discuss the call, they sent Lester to shoot the free throws for the foul.
Lester made all three and Cluesman had to reshoot the technicals in which she missed both.
With the mass chaos finally over on the court, the Cavs led 52-23 with 14:01 left in the ballgame.
The Cavs didn’t let up as they went on to build their lead up to 37, and defeated the RedStorm.
“We’re trying to get them to take pride in our defense,” Kunzman said. “That will win us ballgames this year.”
Chelsea Cluesman led all scorers with 24 points and 15 rebounds. Reasor finished with 16 points.
“It was a good team effort,” she said. “It was big to get the first conference game win at home.”