Free Throw Woes Hurt Panthers in 78-69 Home Setback

Aaron Gibbs
Aaron Gibbs

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team missed 13 of 17 free throws and couldn't hang on to a first half lead as the Panthers fell 78-69 to Lake Superior State in a GLIAC contest Thursday in Alumni Hall.

The Panthers fell to 4-13 (1-10 GLIAC) with the defeat, while LSSU improved to 13-5 (7-4).

The Panthers tied a season-low by committing just eight turnovers and grabbed their most offensive rebounds (18) in over two months, but ODU managed to hit just 29-of-70 shots (41.4 percent) from the field in addition to 4-of-17 (23.5 percent) from the charity stripe. Lake Superior, meanwhile, hit 25-of-50 shots from the field, including 12-of-21 (57.1 percent) in the second half, and knocked down 10-of-19 from three-point range (52.6 percent).

ODU opened up a 22-13 lead in the first half, playing turnover-free basketball in the opening 15 minutes of the contest. Ohio Dominican used an 8-0 run to build that nine-point cushion, with junior Zak Kapron (Malvern, Ohio) scoring three points, junior John Trew (Barberton, Ohio) knocking down a three and Darrien Douglas (Willard, Ohio) sticking a jump shot. But Lake Superior answered with a 22-7 burst over the half's final 6:46, taking advantage of ODU's free throw woes as the Panthers made just 2-of-10 from the stripe in the opening 20 minutes. For the second straight game, ODU was victimized by a buzzer-beating shot as the Lakers hit a deep three as time expired to take a 35-29 lead at intermission.

Ohio Dominican was able to trim the lead to four points on a pair of occasions in the opening five and a half minutes of the second half. Kapron's turnaround jumper kept ODU within five at 49-44 at the 12:37 mark, but LSSU took over from that point, scoring the next seven points to build a 56-44 advantage with 10:43 left. The lead remained above eight until the 1:56 mark when Morgan Jones (Oberlin, Ohio) buried a jumper from the free throw line to make it 67-61. The Lakers answered with a three on their next possession, though, and ODU could not challenge down the stretch.

The Panthers held decided advantages in several categories, including points in the paint (34-24), points off turnovers (18-9), second chance points (21-13) and bench scoring (27-7), but it was not enough to knock off the third-place team in the GLIAC North Division.

Jones led five Panthers in double figures with 17 points on 8-of-14 shooting, Jake Mochoskay (Mansfield, Ohio) came off the bench to score 13 points, and Kapron had 12 points and eight boards off the bench as well. Trew tallied 12 points and five rebounds while Aaron Gibbs (Oberlin, Ohio) had his third double-double in the past four games with 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

Ohio Dominican returns to the court at 1 p.m. Saturday as the Panthers take on Saginaw Valley in a GLIAC game in Alumni Hall.

Contact: Scott Miles