COLUMBUS, Ohio- Coming off a tough 59-50 loss to Saginaw Valley in the conference opener, the Ohio Dominican men's basketball team hopes to bounce back against visiting Wayne State Saturday, as they return to the hardwood for a 1 p.m. tipoff. The Black and Gold stand at 3-2 overall and 0-1 league play.
Previewing the Panthers:
The early fortunes of ODU have been both impressive and nail biting; led by a quartet of players in double figures, the Panthers won their home opener, defeating Ohio Valley 91-72. The win marked the first time the program has scored 90-plus points since joining the Division II ranks in 2010. Senior John Trew (Barberton, Ohio) recorded his first double-double of the season with 17 points and career-game high 15 rebounds.
Game two saw the Panthers rally on the road, as they defeated Central State 72-71 in overtime. Senior Morgan Jones (Oberlin, Ohio) scored 21 points, hitting 10-of-24 from the field. Freshman Chad Nelson (Pickerington, Ohio) tallied 12 points and six rebounds, while sophomore Bobby Stauffer (Lexington, Ky.) added 9 points and 11 boards.
In their conference opener, ODU fell 59-50 to the visiting Cardinals of Saginaw. The Panthers would rally late in the second half, after Jones hit a three-point jumper from the right wing to cut the lead to five, 54-49, but it wasn't enough, as the Cardinals made clutch free throws in the last minute to grab the win.
Jones led the Panthers with 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists, while Trew added eight points and nine boards. Junior Don Kellum (Chicago, Ill.) had a career high seven rebounds while adding five points.
The Panthers are led in scoring by Jones, at 15.8 points per game and Stauffer with 11.4 ppg.
Scouting the Warriors:
The Warriors began their season with a tough road loss, falling to No. 4 Bellermine, 79-65. Chane Phillips recorded a team-high 18 points in his Warrior debut while, Bryan Coleman added 13 points. Junior Gerald Williams-Taylor grabbed a squad-best nine rebounds equaling a career-high. Phillips also had a game-high five assists.
WS bounced back with a 70-69 win over visiting Lewis University. Phillips tallied a game-high 23 points, while also recording a game-best six assists. Cole Prophet contributed 20 points including three three-pointers.
The Warriors are paced by Phillips, averaging 23.3 ppg and 5.0 assists per game.
About the Series:
ODU is 0-4 all-time against Wayne State. The Panthers suffered a 71-48 setback to the Warriors in Alumni Hall last year.
Did you know?
- Morgan Jones is now ranked ninth in all time steals with 102!
- John Trew is ranked third all time in blocked shots with 95!
- The Panthers are out rebounding their opponents, +6.6!