Panthers Take Game Down to Wire, Hang on for 72-71 Win

Panthers Take Game Down to Wire, Hang on for 72-71 Win

WILBERFORCE, Ohio – In a see-saw affair featuring 11 ties and 19 lead changes, Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team recorded their third straight win, taking down neighboring Central State (Ohio) of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference 72-71 Tuesday evening at Beacom/Lewis Gym.

The victory improves ODU's record to 3-1 on the season while the Marauder's fall to 1-2.

Trailing 65-63 with the clock due to expire, senior point guard Morgan Jones (Oberlin, Ohio), ahead on the break, drove the length of the floor, but missed the layup. Senior forward John Trew (Barberton, Ohio) grabbed the miss but failed to convert the putback. Sophomore Bobby Stauffer (Lexington, Ky.) coming in from the backside, converted as the clock went to zero, sending the game into overtime.

In overtime, the Panthers held a 72-71 lead with 45.3 seconds left on the clock. Central State had a chance to tie or go ahead with a one in the bonus free throw. The front end was missed and the Panthers grabbed the rebound and called an immediate timeout.

Following the timeout, ODU missed a jump shot with 21.9 seconds left, but Morgan Jones grabbed the rebound and was quickly fouled. Jones missed the free throw, and rebounded by CSU, but a Marauder turnover in the last second gave the Black and Gold the win.

Jones led ODU with 21 points, hitting 10-of-24 from the field. Freshman guard Chad Nelson (Pickerington, Ohio) tallied 12 points and six rebounds and Stauffer added nine points and 11 rebounds. Trew ended the night with eight points and 11 carom.

Ohio Dominican has a break, resuming action on Thursday, Nov. 29 as they open up GLIAC conference action against Saginaw Valley in Alumni Hall at 5:30 p.m. Live audio is available on

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