COLUMBUS, Ohio – Led by a quartet of players in double figures, the Ohio Dominican men's basketball team picked up their second win of the season, defeating Ohio Valley 91-72 Saturday afternoon in the Panthers home opener in Alumni Hall.
The victory improves ODU's record to 2-1 on the season while the Fighting Scots fall to 1-3. The win also marks the first time the men's basketball program has scored 90-plus points since joining the Division II ranks in 2010.
The Panthers dominated on both sides of the ball. ODU scored 44 points inside the paint and held the Scots to just 30 while also connecting on 19 second chance points. On defense, the Panthers set the tone in the first half, holding Ohio Valley to just 30 percent from the field, while forcing 13 turnovers, which they converted to 17 points.
The first half saw both teams trade points early, as there were four lead changes and two ties in the first four minutes of the game, but senior Morgan Jones (Oberlin, Ohio) connected on a layup at the 17:31 mark to give the Panthers a 9-8 lead, which they never relinquished.
The Scots would not go away quietly, cutting the deficit to seven, 29-22 at the 10 minute mark. However, the Panther offense responded, outscoring Ohio Valley 18-3, which sent the Scots into the locker room trailing 47-25.
Following the break, the hot-shooting Panthers extended their lead to a game-high 31 points at the 14:55 mark. Clock management and excellent teamwork kept the Scots in check, and they could get no closer than 17 points at the final buzzer.
Sophomore Bobby Stauffer (Lexington, Ky.) paced the Panther offense with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Jones added 18 points, four rebounds and seven assists. Senior John Trew (Barberton, Ohio) recorded his first double-double of the season with 17 points and career-game high 15 rebounds. Freshman Mark Minch (West Chester, Ohio) recorded his third game with double figures, tallying 12 points and nine rebounds.
As a team, the Panthers shot 45 percent from the field while going 10-for-11 from the line (90 percent). They pulled down 54 rebounds, the third highest since the 1993 team pulled down 71.
The Panthers continue non conference action next Tuesday, Nov. 20 as they travel to Central State (Ohio) for an 8 p.m. tip-off.
Interview with head coach Artie Taylor
Postgame interview with men's basketball head coach Artie Taylor after the 91-72 home opener win over Ohio Valley.
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