Panthers Welcome Ohio Valley for Home Opener

Panthers Welcome Ohio Valley for Home Opener

Game Notes

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican Men's Basketball Team welcomes non-conference opponent Ohio Valley to Alumni Hall on Saturday, Nov. 17, for a 3 p.m. tip-off. The Panthers return after  going 1-1 over the weekend at the GLVC/GLIAC Crossover Tournament, hosted by Maryville University (Mo.).

Live Video/Stats:
Saturday's game will be broadcast on the internet at http://www.pressboxproductions.net/index.html, courtesy of veteran broadcaster, Todd Bell. Live stats are also available through http://livestats.prestosports.com/ohiodominican/.

About the Panthers:

On Saturday, the Panthers dropped their season opener, falling to host Maryville (St. Louis, Missouri), 69-56. The teams traded points much of the first half, but a 10 point run at the end of the frame, sent ODU into the locker room trailing by eight (38-30).

The Panthers cut the lead to two early in the second, (44-42) after junior Brandon Carr (Westchester, Ill.) hit a three-point jump shot. However, the Saints would rattle off three straight trifectas and never looked back as they went on to seal the victory.

Freshman Mark Minch (West Chester, Ohio) paced the Panthers with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting and brought down six boards, while freshman Jesse Ward (North Pole, Alaska) added six points, three assists and two rebounds.

On Sunday, ODU bounced back, defeating McKendree 85-77, marking just the second time the Panthers have scored 80-plus points in the last two years.

The Panthers dominated the first half as they scored the first six points of the game and never looked back as they led the Bearcats by 16 going into the locker room. The hot-shooting Panthers dominated the first half statistics, by hammering down 45.7 percent from the field and 75.0 from the line.

ODU extended their lead to ten at the seven minute mark of the second frame, but four quick points by the Bearcats cut the lead to four (65-61) with 5:36 minutes left to play. Following a time-out, a basket by senior Morgan Jones (Oberlin, Ohio) stemmed the tide, and put a halt to the threat.

The Black and Gold were led by a trio of players scoring in double digits with Jones scoring 23 points while dishing out eight assists. Sophomore Bobby Stauffer (Lexington, Ky.) contributed 19 points and five rebounds, while Minch tallied 16 points, five boards and four steals.

Defensively, ODU held McKendree to 28-of-62 (45.2 percent) on field goals, while allowing just nine free throws and 14 offensive rebounds. The Panthers shot 53.1 percent on 34-of-64 shooting from the field while grabbing 23 boards and pilfering 11 steals.

About the Fighting Scots:

The Fighting Scots come into Saturday's game with a 1-2 record. In the 93-92 victory over Millersville, the Fighting Scots were led by a stellar performance from Ashton Brown, who tallied 43 points on the night, while adding seven assists and nine rebounds.  Jerry Macon, Jr. also played a big role for the Scots, contributing 21 points, two assists, and three rebounds.  In the 91-65 loss to Gannon, Brown paced the Scots offense with 17 points and five assists while teammate Osvaldas Gaizauskas added eleven.Most recently, they suffered a loss to Slippery Rock University by the score of 70-48. Leading scorers were Brown and Mustafa Helal with 17 and nine points respectively.

About the series:

The Panthers hold a 4-2 advantage in the series.

Contact: Sarah Twiggs
twiggss@ohiodominican.edu

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