MIDLAND, Mich. – Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team made just 4 of its final 17 shots from the field as the Panthers could not hang on for their third straight road victory, falling 74-64 at Northwood in GLIAC action Thursday night at the Bennett Center.
The setback dropped ODU to 4-11 (1-8 GLIAC), while the Timberwolves improved to 6-11 (4-5) in taking the first all-time meeting between the schools.
The first half featured back-and-forth action as neither team led by more than five points over the opening 14 minutes. Then, with the game tied at 20, Northwood broke free with an 11-0 spurt to take a 31-20 lead with just over two minutes to go before the Panthers answered. Kip Kelley (Raleigh, N.C.) drilled a three, and Aaron Gibbs (Oberlin, Ohio) followed with a layup to make it 31-25 with a minute left. Moments later, Morgan Jones (Oberlin, Ohio) tallied a three-point play, and Kelley buried another three to beat the buzzer and draw the Panthers even at 31.
The opening nine minutes of the second half were nip-and-tuck as well, featuring four ties and five lead changes in that stretch. ODU led 52-50 after a Zak Kapron (Malvern, Ohio) layup at the 10:43 mark, but that's when the cold spell set in.
Northwood scored the next nine points and opened up a 59-52 advantage. Jones delivered a layup, and with 5:04 to play Gibbs muscled his way to a three-point play to bring the Panthers to within two at 59-57. But the Timberwolves made a free throw and a dunk to extend the lead back to five at 62-57 with 3:32 remaining. Gibbs made another free throw to cut it to four, but that would be as close as the Panthers could get the rest of the way.
Jones scored in double figures for a seventh straight game with his team-high 17 points, and he also pulled down six rebounds. Kelley knocked down four threes en route to 14 points, and Gibbs had his second straight double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Panthers, though, managed just 40.6 percent shooting (26-of-64) from the field, including 6-of-20 from the three-point line. Northwood also held a commanding 42-31 edge on the glass, outscored the Panthers 44-32 in the paint and was plus-five in points off turnovers and plus-six in second chance scoring.
Ohio Dominican returns home to host No. 25 Wayne State at 1 p.m. Saturday in GLIAC South Division action at Alumni Hall.
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