Cournyer's Hot Start Guides Toledo To Season-Opening Win

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Nov. 30—If there was any rust heading into Toledo's season opener against Northwest Christian, you would have barely been able to tell in the first quarter.

The Riverhawks jumped out to a 29-7 lead in the opening frame, with 16 of those coming from Jake Cournyer, and never looked back in a 75-33 win.

The Riverhawks were in control the entire way, jumping out to an 11-0 lead to start the game behind Cournyer's hot hand.

"He's been chomping at the bit," Toledo coach Grady Fallon said. "He came out with a bang."

Though Toledo scored nearly at will at times, its defense was perhaps more impressive, holding the Wolverines to single-digit scoring in three quarters.

"I was happy with our defense," Fallon said. "I didn't have a good judgement of how we were doing in practice. You just don't know when you go to someone else's place how it's gonna be."

Cournyer finished with a game-high 23 points, and Kaven Winters (14 points), Carson Olmstead (12 points) and Conner Olmstead (10 points) rounded out the double-figure scorers for the Riverhawks.

Toledo (1-0) hosts Castle Rock in a non-league match on Friday.

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