HILLSDALE, Mich. – Junior forward Aaron Gibbs (Oberlin, Ohio) tallied a season-high 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting, but Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team dropped an 82-66 decision Thursday at No. 20 Hillsdale in GLIAC South Division play.
Gibbs eclipsed his previous season-high of 18, which he hit three times, and set the mark for best shooting percentage by a player in the GLIAC this season at 90 percent while also hauling down a game-high nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Morgan Jones (Oberlin, Ohio) recorded 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting while matching his career-best with six steals, and freshman guard Zack Joseph (Lewis Center, Ohio) tied his career-high with nine points off the bench.
With the setback, the Panthers dropped to 5-16 (2-13 GLIAC), while the Chargers moved 18-3 and 12-3 in conference action. HC swept the season series after defeating Ohio Dominican 72-68 in the first meeting this season.
Hillsdale began the first half on an 8-2 run and didn't look back in the opening 20 minutes. After junior forward Jake Mochoskay (Mansfield, Ohio) hit a short baseline jumper to make it 16-11 at the 8:50 mark, a mini 7-2 Charger surge gave the Chargers their biggest lead of the half at 25-13, and the lead would remain at 12 until Gibbs' layup right before the buzzer brought the Panthers to within 35-25 at intermission. ODU was hurt by committing 10 of its 16 turnovers in the opening frame.
ODU scored the opening two baskets of the second half, with senior center Keith Jackson (Lima, Ohio) and Jones finishing inside. The Chargers responded by scoring nine of the next 11 points to take a 13-point lead at 44-31 with 15:45 to play. Joseph would hit a three to cut Hillsdale's lead to single digits at 48-39 with 12:46 remaining, but that would be as close as the Panthers could get. Hillsdale knocked down 6-of-10 three-pointers and shot 63.3 percent (19-of-30) from the field in the final 20 minutes to close out the win.
ODU hit 16 of its 29 shots in the second half (55.2 percent) but went just 5-of-17 from beyond the arc (29.4 percent) for the game. Hillsdale shot 54.1 percent for the game (33-of-61) and had a 16-8 edge in second chance points as the Chargers outrebounded ODU 34-27.
The Panthers return home Saturday to host No. 3 Findlay at 1 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Paid admission for the men's and women's games will go to breast cancer awareness, and the teams will also be selling t-shirts to raise money.
Contact: Scott Miles