COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican men's basketball team knocked off former AMC rival and NAIA Division II No. 12 ranked Cedarville University in Alumni Hall on Monday night with a thrilling 65-62 come from behind victory. The win ends a current four game skid and marks the first victory against the Yellow Jackets since a 77-76 home victory on January 6th, 2004 , a span of 12 games.
The Yellow Jackets (9-6) were able to push the lead to 21-8 at the 8:11 mark in the first half, but the Panthers battled back and closed the half on 15-9 run to enter the break down just seven, 30-23.
The Panthers (7-10) were able to cut the lead down to two points on two occasions, but each time Cedarville responded with a run of their own. The Yellow Jackets pushed their lead to eleven mid-way through the second half, but one last ODU surge set up the late game heroics. Senior point guard Adriene Rodriguez (Lorain, OH; pictured) would give ODU its first lead with a triple from the corner with 13 seconds left to give ODU a 63-62 lead with time running out. Cedarville scrambled to regain the lead, but Zak Kapron (So./Melvern, OH) denied the Yellow Jackets desperation attempt and Rodriguez went coast-to-coast to drop in a lay-up as time expired for the game's final score.
The Panthers' used a season high 20 offensive rebounds to allow them to hang around and eventually grab the late lead and victory over their former rivals. The win also marks the second time the Panthers trailed at the break, but were able to post the comeback this season.
Cedarville was lead in scoring by Austin Foote with 15 points and Ricardo Alliman with 14. Alliman also pulled down a game-high 16 boards in the loss.
Dominic Russo (So./Sagamore Hills, OH) paced the Panthers coming off the bench to score a season high 17 points connecting on a season high four threes. Aaron Gibbs (So./Oberlin, OH) finished with his sixth double-double of the season dropping in 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Rodriguez rounded out the scoring with 13 points, but none bigger than his last five.
The Panthers will return to action this Thursday, January 14th, as they travel to Wilberforce, Ohio to take on NCAA Division II Central State University. The Panthers and Marauders are scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m.