COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican men's basketball team earned their first win of the season in a big way on Friday evening in Alumni Hall as they knocked off Calumet College of St. Joe's, 74-52, in the second game of the Red Roof Inn Thanksgiving Classic. In the first game of the classic, the University of Michigan-Dearborn defeated Shawnee State University, 67-54.
Ohio Dominican has gotten off to a rough start facing a challenging early season schedule, but got into the win column thanks to a strong defensive effort, holding the Crimson Wave 27 percent shooting in the opening round of the second annual holiday classic. ODU turned that defensive intensity into offense, as they used a strong second half to pull away from Calumet and advance to the championship game for the second straight year.
The Panthers took a slight 27-24 lead into the intermission and turned it on early in the second half as they used a 15-1 run to take a 58-35 lead with 10:15 remaining. The Panthers also took advantage of some hot shooting as they found their stroke in the second stanza connecting on 15-of-28 shots for a season high 54 percent from the field. The Panther defense forced their counterparts into 20 turnovers and blocked a season best 13 shots in the victory.
Aaron Gibbs (So./Oberlin, OH; pictured) led the way for the second straight game with another double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Gibbs also added five blocks for the Panthers in the victory. Adriene Rodriguez (Sr./Lorain, OH) added nine points and John Trew (So./Barberton, OH) had eight for the Panthers. In his first game back from an early season injury, Darrien Douglas (So./Willard, OH) came off the bench to score eight points in 14 minutes of action.
In the first game of the night Ronald Wilson of Michigan-Dearborn led a balanced scoring attack for the Wolves to upend Shawnee State University. Wilson finished the night with a game-high 18 points and nine rebounds. The Bears were led by Matt Skaggs with 10 points and nine boards in the loss.
ODU will return to action on Saturday afternoon as they host Michigan-Dearborn in the championship game at 3 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Calumet will face off against Shawnee State at 1 p.m. in the consolation game.