Panthers Remain on Road to Take on No. 2 Findlay Saturday

Don Kellum
Don Kellum

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A tough challenge awaits the Ohio Dominican men's basketball team as the Panthers square off against second-ranked and undefeated Findlay at 1 p.m. Saturday in Croy Gymnasium.

The Oilers are the third team currently ranked in the top-16 nationally that ODU has faced this season after the Panthers matched up with Southern Indiana and Grand Valley State earlier this year. They're the highest-ranked team on ODU's schedule since the Panthers played Walsh, which was No. 2 in the NAIA, on Jan. 23, 2010.

Ohio Dominican dropped its fifth-straight contest with an 81-69 setback on Thursday to Wayne State. Kip Kelley poured in a team and career-best 17 points, hitting all six of his shots from the field and all five three-pointers, Morgan Jones had 14 points and a career-high six assists, and Don Kellum registered career-highs in points (10) and rebounds (five) off the bench for ODU.

After trailing by just five, 35-30, at intermission, the Panthers saw Wayne State go on an 11-2 run to build a 50-36 advantage five and a half minutes into the second half. The Panthers drew as close as nine points on several occasions but could get no closer.

Findlay enters with a perfect 9-0 mark, 3-0 in the GLIAC, though had to survive a scare against Tiffin in its last outing on Thursday. The Oilers saw a 15-point lead melt away in the second half and had to score twice in the final minute to force overtime before taking a 93-85 victory.

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