Snow flurries welcomed fans to the Nerney Field House on Monday, Jan. 21, to watch the Cavaliers take on Baptist Bible College Defenders.
The Cavs proved to be no match for the Defenders, rolling to a 93-47 victory to improve their conference record to 8-2 on the season.
This game was the first of the Cavs’ three-game home stand and followed a tough loss to Keystone College two nights earlier.
Cabrini wasted no time scoring right away with sophomore Howard Blake III getting 8 points in the first four minutes of the game off of two three-pointers and a layup. Blake, who was making his first career start, helped set the tempo for the Cavs, contributing to an 11-2 lead after just 5 minutes of play.
“It felt great to give my team the lead early on,” Blake said, “I wanted to give my team a chance to win. I came into the game mentally ready and my shots were falling.”
Blake tied for the team lead in points for the Cavs, scoring 16 and going 4-for-7 from three-point range.
The Cavaliers didn’t look back as they took control of the game and began to pull away and to lead the Defenders, 47-11, at the half. Cabrini shot 58 percent from the field and 43 percent from beyond the arc in the first half. They were also a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
The Cavs picked right back up where they left off in the second half of play. Cavaliers coasted through the second half outscoring Defenders 46-36 in the second half.
Freshman John White subbed in late in the game and produced 16 points for the Cavs with three three-pointers and going 5-for-7 at the line, drawing two fouls.
Cabrini spread the ball around with 11 different scorers throughout the game.
Junior Fran Rafferty finished with 11 points and went 3-for-4 from beyond the arc. Junior Jon Miller and freshman Brad Fagan contributed to the Cavs win with nine points each. Junior Corey Frizzera and senior DeLeon Floyd both added eight points each for the Cavaliers.
Cabrini completely dominated the 3-14 Defenders in all aspects of the game. They out-rebounded Baptist Bible, 41-28, while collecting 13 turnovers.
Walton-Moss and Floyd tied for a team-high eight rebounds while senior Goran Dulac collected six boards.
Additionally, the Cavs held the Defenders to just 34 percent shooting for the game.
Cabrini shot 55.7 percent from the field and 46.9 percent from beyond the arc throughout the game. In addition, 53 of Cabrini’s 93 points came from the bench.
The win improves the Cavs to 12-5 overall and allows them to keep pace with Keystone College in a tie atop the CSAC standings. The two will meet again on Saturday, Jan. 26.
But until then, the Cavaliers will take this momentum as they continue their home stand against Centenary College on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Nerney Field House.