COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican men's basketball team reached the finish line first on Tuesday in Alumni Hall with a thrilling 80-69 overtime victory over the University of Northwestern Ohio Racers. With the win the Panthers extend their win streak to three after starting the season 0-5.
After the opening tip, it was apparent the game was going to come down to the wire. The first half was a see-saw affair with numerous ties and lead changes with neither team able to gain any separation. The Panthers made a late first half surge and were able to take a four point lead into the half, 34-30.
The start of the second half saw ODU speed to nine point lead on back-to-back three pointers by Sonny Stattmiller (Sr./Columbus, OH) and another triple by John Trew (So./Barberton, OH). The Racers, led by Isaac Bowers (16 pts.) and Kyle Gillette (15 pts.) still had gas left in the tank and were able to recapture the lead late in the second half, 65-66.
The Panthers would not go quietly and with just over a minute left in regulation, Adriene Rodriguez (Sr./Lorian, OH; pictured) hit a 17 foot jumper to knot the game at 63-63. ODU's defensive stand earned them a chance to get the victory, but a last second 3-pointer from Trew was off the mark sending the game into overtime.
The overtime period proved to be all ODU as the Panther defense left the Racers stuck in neutral. UNOH could only muster six points in the extra session, while the Panthers continued to roll. ODU put up seventeen points in the five minute period going a sizzling 12-for-14 from the free throw line.
Along with hitting the clutch shot, Rodriguez also paced the Panthers with a game high 24 points. The 24 points also match his career high. Stattmiller also matched his season high with 18 points. Trew chipped in with 12 points and Aaron Gibbs (So./Oberlin, OH) finished with 11.
The Panthers look to extend their winning streak to four when they travel to Mount Vernon, Ohio on Friday, December 4th for the Mount Vernon Nazarene Tournament. ODU will tip-off against Concordia University (Mich.) at 6 p.m.