COLUMBUS, Ohio – After a tough 0-2 trip to Michigan last week, the Ohio Dominican men's basketball team hopes Christmas will come early this year in the form of two conference wins over visiting Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan. The Panthers host the Tech Huskies on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 5:30 and the Northern Wildcats Sunday, Dec. 16 at 5:30 in Alumni Hall.
Both games this week will be broadcasted live on the internet at http://www.pressboxproductions.net/index.html courtesy of veteran broadcaster, Todd Bell. Live stats are also available on Thursday and Saturday at http://livestats.prestosports.com/ohiodominican/
About the Panthers:
ODU held the lead at halftime against Ferris State last Thursday, 29-28, but could not close the door in the second half, falling to the Bulldogs 74-64.
Against Grand Valley, in perhaps one of their better first halves of the season, the Panthers trailed the North Division leaders by just five, 35-30. The first twenty minutes featured four ties and six lead changes. ODU did their part to stick around by shooting 8-of-18 from the field for 44.4% and a nifty 75% from the charity stripe, knocking down 12-of-16.
The Lakers jumped out in front early, going on a 6-2 run but the Panthers responded with four straight buckets and led 10-6 with 14:51 on the clock. The Lakers came back with a 6-0 run to regain the lead 12-10 at the 13:50 mark.
The Lakers opened the second half with a 9-2 run, pushing the score to 44-32 and never trailed. The Panthers, to their credit, wouldn't quit, and fought back to trail by one, 52-51 on senior John Trew's (Barberton, Ohio) jump shot with 5:54 remaining on the clock.
However, GVSU went on a 15-7 run in the final minutes of the game, pushing the final margin to 11.
Senior Morgan Jones (Oberlin, Ohio) averaged 21.0 points per game over the week to lead ODU, shooting .433 (13-of-30) from the field and .533 (8-of-15) from beyond the arc. Trew added 9.0 points and 6.0 rebounds, while sophomore Bobby Stuaffer (Lexington, Ky.) totaled 11.0 points and 6.0 rebounds over the two contests. Jones sank career five three-pointers against Grand Valley.
About the Huskies:
Michigan Tech defeated pre-season conference favorites Findlay 66-49 and Hillsdale 73-55 in its two games last week. Senior Ali Haider scored 22 points against Findlay and 14 against Hillsdale. MTU ranks third in field goal percentage at 47.4 percent. Haider ranks first in the league in both points per game (23.9) and rebounds per game with 11.9. The Huskies are currently 5-2 and 3-1 in conference play.
About the Wildcats:
Sunday's showdown will be just the third time the Panthers have squared off against the Wildcats on the hardwood. Northern Michigan defeated ODU in Marquette, Michigan last year, handing the Panthers an 81-69 road setback. Stauffer finished with 13 points for the Panthers, while Jones added 15. Northern Michigan is 1-6 and 0-4 in the GLIAC.
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