Seniors lead way to OAC title

February 22nd, 2007

On a day where six members of the John Carroll University men’s basketball team played their last regular season home game, two of the six seniors went out with career days.

Seniors Brandon Mimes and Terry Walsh led the Blue Streaks, scoring a combined 61 points.

Mimes had a career-high 33 points, 21 of which came in the first half, to go along with nine rebounds and three blocks.

Walsh netted a career-high 28 points, 19 of which came in the second half. He also grabbed ten rebounds and dished out seven assists.

It was a day filled with different emotions for the Blue Streaks top duo.
For Walsh, it was nice to see his teammates, who built this team over the past four seasons, get acknowledged.

“To see Pete, Joe, Chris, Derek and Brandon get recognized for all their hard work over the years was a great moment.”

For Mimes it was a game that he was excited and nervous about playing.
“I was a little nervous before the game because of it being our last home game. But I was excited at the same time because we were ready to play the game.”

Behind their dynamic duo, the Blue Streaks finished the regular season with a 94-78 win over Wilmington College.

After the game, JCU had to wait and see if they would be able to stake claim to a share of the OAC regular season championship.

After top-ranked Capital fell on the road to Otterbein, the Blue Streaks could call themselves OAC co-champs. Both teams finished the regular season with a 13-5 record in the OAC.

However, Capital earned the number one seed in the OAC tournament because of their season split with Baldwin-Wallace, while the Blue Streaks were swept by B-W.

Despite their number two seed, JCU accomplished one of their goals, finishing atop the OAC.

“As a team, we set the goal of winning the OAC’s back in October,” said Walsh.

“Looking back on how long ago we set that goal and to see it come true is something special.”

Last Thursday, the Blue Streaks dropped their second game of the year to B-W in a heartbreaking 81-77 loss.

The Blue Streaks led by as many as 20 points in the first half, before settling on a 16 point halftime lead.

“The first half against B-W was probably our best 20 minutes of basketball all season,” said Walsh.

Walsh said the Blue Streaks showed what they are capable of, but must play two good halves in order to close teams out.

“Good teams can play like we did for 20 minutes, but great teams close the door when they get the opportunity. That’s something we need to do.”

Unfortunately, JCU could not hold the lead as B-W staged a second half comeback behind senior Tori Davis.

Davis, the OAC’s leading scorer poured in 32 points as B-W became the only team in the OAC to sweep the Blue Streaks this year.

What the Blue Streaks learned from the loss to B-W will pay dividends as they approach the OAC tournament.

“We learned that we have to put things behind us,” said Mimes.
“Coach Moran told us we can’t dwell on the past. We came out against Wilmington with that mindset and it worked.”

The Blue Streaks entered the OAC tournament as the number two seed.
Last night, the Blue Streaks played the seventh seeded Wilmington Quakers in the OAC quarterfinals. This was the second time in four days that JCU and Wilmington played at the DeCarlo Varsity Center.

The winner of the JCU-Wilmington game will play the winner of the Heidelberg-B-W game tomorrow at a site and time to be determined.