Second Half Lead Slips Away as Men's Basketball Falls 77-76 in Overtime

Morgan Jones
Morgan Jones

LIMA, Ohio – For the second straight year, Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team went to overtime against Northwestern Ohio, but this season it was the Racers who came away on top, defeating ODU 77-76 Tuesday night in Racer Gymnasium.

Morgan Jones (Oberlin, Ohio) had career highs with 21 points and five assists, Aaron Gibbs (Oberlin, Ohio) had 17 points and eight rebounds and Zak Kapron (Malvern, Ohio) chipped in with 15 points for ODU, who fell to 2-3 on the season.

With the contest tied at 37 early in the second half, Ohio Dominican scored nine straight, five coming from Jones. The Panther lead reached 11 at 55-44 with 12:02 to play on a short jumper by Gibbs before the Racers began their comeback.

ODU went scoreless for nearly five minutes before a Jones fastbreak layup ended the drought to keep the Panthers in front, 61-56, with just under six minutes left. The Racers continued to chip and finally took the lead at 68-67 with 1:25 left on Kyle Gillette's jumper.

On Ohio Dominican's ensuing possession, Kapron drew a foul and split the free throws to even the contest at 68 with 48 ticks left. The ODU defense forced a miss and had a chance to win at the buzzer, but Gibbs couldn't connect on a jumper, sending the game to overtime.

UNOH scored the first five points of the extra session until Kapron's jumper brought ODU to within three 1:44 to play. Gillette's three-point play bumped the Racer lead to six, but Jones took over, scoring six points in 18 seconds to bring the game back to even with 48 seconds left.

But ODU's defense committed a foul, and Jake Bolyard sank a free throw to make it 77-76 with 10 seconds left. The Panthers had a chance to win but turned it over just before the buzzer to suffer their third road defeat of the season.

Ohio Dominican shot 47.1 percent from the field, knocking down 32-of-68 shots, and also had a 44-35 edge in rebounding. But turnovers and poor free throw shooting proved to be ODU's undoing, as 23 Panther miscues resulted in 25 UNOH points, and ODU made just 6-of-16 (37.5 percent) of its free throws, compared to 20-of-28 (71.4 percent) for UNOH.

The Panthers are off for the Thanksgiving break and will return to action next Thursday as ODU begins GLIAC play at fourth-ranked Grand Valley State, with a 6 p.m. tipoff scheduled. Live audio will be provided at panthers.ohiodominican.edu.