Last Second Shot Lifts No. 25 Warriors Past Panthers

John Trew
John Trew

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ian Larkin's buzzer-beating three-pointer from just inside halfcourt ended Ohio Dominican's men's basketball upset bid, as No. 25 Wayne State escaped with a 69-66 win Saturday in GLIAC South Division action in Alumni Hall.

The shot capped a nine-point rally over the game's final eight minutes and marked the second-straight narrow defeat by the Panthers at home against a ranked opponent, as then-No.6 Hillsdale came away with a 72-68 win in Alumni Hall on Jan. 6.

ODU fell despite limiting the GLIAC's second-best offense 10 points under its season average and to just 42.9 percent shooting from the field after the Warriors entered shooting 49 percent. The Panthers swatted 12 shots, including a career-high seven from junior John Trew (Barberton, Ohio) and a season-high four from classmate Aaron Gibbs (Oberlin, Ohio).

The Panthers led throughout the second half and opened up a 56-47 lead with 8:13 left after Trew knocked down a three-pointer. After three straight Warrior baskets trimmed the ODU lead to 56-53, Gibbs powered his way to a layup, and Trew followed with a blocked shot and ended up the recipient of an alley-oop lob from junior Kip Kelley (Raleigh, N.C.), which he flushed with two-hands.

That put the Panthers on top 60-53 with 5:29 to play, but the Warriors didn't fold. They scored the next seven points, holding ODU without a field goal for over four minutes, to tie it at 60 at the 1:39 mark. Gibbs drew a foul and hit both free throws to put the Panthers back on top, but Wayne State's Bryan Smothers answered with a coast-to-coast layup to even the score at 62 with 53 seconds left.

On ODU's ensuing possession, Trew caught the ball on the right wing, pump faked to create some space and drilled another three-pointer to put the Panthers on top 65-52 with 38 ticks left. With 15 seconds left, WSU's Ike Udanoh hit a pair of free throws to make it 65-64, and after junior Jake Mochoksay (Mansfield, Ohio) hit a free throw, Udanoh tipped in a missed Smothers three-pointer to tie the game at 66 with 2.9 seconds left.

The Panthers tried to throw the ensuing inbound pass three-fourths of the way down the floor but lost it out of bounds, giving the ball to Wayne State with 1.4 seconds left. Mike Hollingsworth inbounded to Larkin on the far right side, and his shot from 35 feet hit nothing but net as time expired.

ODU took a 31-29 advantage into the half, largely on the strength of three-consecutive three-pointers from Mochoskay. His personal 9-2 run gave the Panthers a 17-8 lead, and though Wayne State tied the game on several occasions, ODU took the lead at the break on a layup by Zak Kapron (Malvern, Ohio) and a free throw from Keith Jackson (Lima, Ohio).

Trew had 14 points, three rebounds and two steals to go along with his seven rejections. Gibbs scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Mochoskay finished with 10 off the bench to lead ODU.

The Panthers shot 46.8 percent (22-of-47) for the game, hit 7-of-17 (41.2 percent) of their triples and 15-of-22 (68.2 percent) from the free throw line. Wayne State, though, held decided edges in points in the paint (38-26), points off turnovers (18-4), second chance points (20-4) and fast break points (12-4).

ODU's 12 blocked shots were the most since the Panthers swatted 14 against McKendree last season, and Trew's seven were two shy of Chip Holcombe's record of nine in a game against Rio Grande in 1989. No ODU player over the last 10 years has blocked as many shots in a game as Trew.

With the setback, Ohio Dominican fell to 4-12 (1-9 GLIAC), while Wayne State improved to 13-3 (9-1 GLIAC). The Panthers remain home this week to host Lake Superior State at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Alumni Hall.

Contact: Scott Miles