ASHLAND, Ohio – Despite shooting 55.4 percent from the field, Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team came up on the short end of a shootout at GLIAC South Division rival Ashland, falling 96-86 to the Eagles Saturday at Kates Gymnasium.
All five starters scored in double figures, paced by 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting from senior forward Aaron Gibbs (Oberlin, Ohio), matching a season-high he set Wednesday at Salem International. Gibbs also chipped in with seven rebounds, five assists and two blocks.
Senior guard Darrien Douglas (Willard, Ohio) tallied 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, and senior forward Jake Mochoskay (Mansfield, Ohio) also hit 6-of-10 shots for 14 points. Senior center Zak Kapron (Malvern, Ohio) had 14 points and a game-high eight rebounds, while junior guard Morgan Jones (Oberlin, Ohio) finished with 13 points.
The Panthers led 41-38 at halftime, but Ashland came out blistering hot from the field to start the second half, scoring 35 points in the first 9:41 of the half and leading by as many as 12 at one point. ODU, trailing 73-63 with 10:19 left, used its transition game to get back into the contest, as senior guard Kip Kelley (Raleigh, N.C.) hit a triple on the break and Jones went coast-to-coast on a layup to make it 73-68.
Gibbs then converted on a three-point play, and a Mochoskay layin on the break knotted the score at 73 with 8:02 remaining.
Ashland proceeded to score the next points in a two-minute stretch to grab an 80-73 advantage, and ODU would draw only as near as five on several occasions, including 87-82 on a pair of Jones free throws with 2:07 to play.
The Panthers jumped out to a 21-10 lead at the 11:30 mark of the first half, as Douglas converted on a three-point play, Kelley hit a three-pointer and Gibbs knocked down a short jumper. Ashland was able to cut it to two on a pair of occasions, then tied the contest at 38 before the break before Jones sent the Panthers into the locker room in front by three on a triple with 35 seconds left.
ODU finished 31-of-56 (56.6 percent) from the field, setting season-highs in points, field goals made and field goal percentage. The Panthers also held a 36-24 advantage on the glass, the fourth time in five games ODU has outrebounded an opponent, and sank 8-of-16 from beyond the arc.
Ashland, though, went 32-of-61 (52.5 percent) itself from the floor, hitting 11-of-24 from three-point range. The Eagles scored 58 second-half points on 20-of-33 (60.6 percent) shooting and turned ODU's 18 turnovers into 26 points while only committing seven turnovers themselves.
With the setback, ODU fell to 3-12 (0-9 GLIAC), while the Eagles moved to 9-6 (4-4 GLIAC). The Panthers return to action at 7:30 p.m. Thursday against Northwood in Alumni Hall.
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