Fast Start Sends Michigan Tech Past ODU

Bobby Stauffer (Photo courtesy of Brooke McCartney)
Bobby Stauffer (Photo courtesy of Brooke McCartney)

HOUGHTON, Mich. - It was all Michigan Tech from the opening tip on Thursday against Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team as the Huskies scored the first 11 points of the game and never looked back, handing the Panthers a 74-36 road setback.

ODU has now lost four straight and sits 2-5 on the year and 0-3 in GLIAC action, while the preseason North Division top-ranked Huskies remained unbeaten in the conference at 2-0 and moved over .500 at 4-3 overall. 

Tech connected on five of its first six shots to open the game and eventually ran the lead to 19-3 with 10:35 to go in the first as the Panthers failed to hit on their first eight attempts. 16-of-26 (61.5 percent) shooting, including 7-of-11 on three-pointers gave the Huskies a more than comfortable 43-13 at the half. 

ODU started the second on an 8-0 spurt thanks to back-to-back buckets by junior Morgan Jones (Oberlin, OH) and scores from seniors Aaron Gibbs (Oberlin, OH) and Zak Kapron (Malvern, OH). The Panthers eventually pulled within 22 points on two occasions, the last coming at 51-29 at the 11:15 mark, but it was too little, too late as MTU rolled with 23 of the game's final 30 points for the easy victory.

Freshman Bobby Stauffer (Lexington, KY) was the only Panther in double figures with a career high 12 points off the bench, going 5-of-6 from the field.

ODU is back action at 3 p.m. this Saturday as it remains in the snowy weather of the Upper Peninsula to take on North Division foe, Northern Michigan.

Contact: Scott Miles