COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican men's basketball team could not produce the same late game heroics from eight days ago in Alumni Hall as they fell to former AMC foe, Urbana University, 74-72 on Tuesday night. The game was a back and forth battle featuring ten ties and six lead changes, but two late free throws by the Blue Knights sealed the victory for the visitors.
Coming in the game, senior guard Adriene Rodriguez (Lorain, OH) was two points shy of becoming the 21st player in ODU men's basketball history to amass 1,000 career points. Wasting little time Rodriguez connected on his first attempt at the 16:55 mark, a three pointer from the top of the arc that etched his name into the ODU records book and keyed a 10-3 Panther run. Urbana (10-10) quickly answered with a 7-0 run of their own to knot the game at 10-10. The Blue Knights continued the momentum and were able to stretch their lead to six at the 7:48 mark, but the Panthers (7-11) kept their composure and rallied late in the half to enter the break all square, 38-38.
The second half was more of the same as both teams could not put much separation between each other. Urbana was able to grab an eight point lead at the 5:35 mark, but ODU rallied once again to tie the game at 72-72. Despite giving up a season high 24 offensive rebounds and 24 second chance points to the Blue Knights, ODU still had a chance for the win. However, with less than a minute remaining, the Blue Knights sunk two free throws for the final tally as the Panthers last chance came up short in the closing seconds.
Leading the way for the Blue Knights was Robert Wilson with 16 points and Clint Nicholson with 15. T.R. Ellis also chipped in with 14.
Rodriguez paced the Panthers with 19 points and matched a season high three treys. Sonny Stattmiller (Sr./Columbus,OH) and John Trew (So./Barberton, OH) each finished with 12. Stattmiller also pulled down a season-high nine rebounds.
ODU will return to action on Saturday, January 23rd for a showdown with former AMC rival and NAIA Division II No. 2 ranked Walsh University in Canton, Ohio. The Panthers and Cavaliers will tip-off at 7:30 p.m.