COLUMBUS, Ohio – After a 12-day hiatus for the holiday break, the Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team returns to the hardwood this Saturday, Dec. 29th. The Panthers will venture to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to battle Division I foe the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Game time with the Panthers of UWM is slated for noon, Central Standard Time.
The game this weekend will be broadcasted on the internet at http://www.pressboxproductions.net/index.html courtesy of veteran broadcaster, Todd Bell. Live stats are also available through http://www.uwmpanthers.com/gametracker/launch/gt_mbaskbl.html
With losses in six straight games, all within the GLIAC, the Panthers are hoping a victory at UWM can help them regain their momentum. Prior to the holiday break, ODU dropped a pair of home games against North Division foes Michigan Tech, 75- 56, and Northern Michigan, 77-73. After beginning the year 3-1 against nonconference opponents, the Panthers now stand 3-7 on the year.
A look back to last week saw the Huskies of Michigan Tech control much of the first half, shooting 53.3 percent on 16-of-30 field goals, including an impressive 42.9 percent (3-of-7) from beyond the arc.
The Panthers kept the score close, until a late 22-9 run by the Huskies put the margin at 18 before the break. ODU scrapped and clawed their way in the second frame, and trailed by 14 on several occasions. However, MTU would continue to scorch the nets to the tune of 15 of 25 (60.0%) second half shooting and the Panthers could not close the gap. Michigan Tech. ended the game at a blistering 56.4 percent on (31 of 55) shooting and left town with the victory.
Three days later, on December 16, the Wildcats of Northern Michigan visited Alumni Hall, and it seemed as though ODU had found its rhythm. The Panthers opened an early first half lead, which featured an 11-0 run in the first six minutes. However, the Wildcats responded with a 14-2 run of their own, which helped them reclaim the lead 14-13 with 9:30 on the clock. ODU managed to cut it to one on several occasions in the first half, but could not jump ahead, and NMU went into the lockeroom with a 28-27 lead.
ODU opened the second frame with a three point jumper from Morgan Jones, and controlled much of the half, but NMU tied the score, 50-50 at the 9:35 mark and matters turned for the worse, as they would not relinquish the lead. The Panthers tried one last push, cutting the deficit to two, 75-73 on a three-pointer by Jones with five seconds on the clock. The late surge was not enough as the Wildcats hit two free throws in the last two seconds to hold onto the lead and make the final margin 77-73.
Morgan Jones (Oberlin, Ohio) continues to sparkle. The senior sharpshooter averaged 16.5 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per game in the last two contests. Jones tied a career-high of 24 points on 9-of-21 shooting against Northern Michigan. He currently leads the team, and ranks first in the GLIAC in three-pointers (15) and is fourth in assists with 44. Promising sophomore Bobby Stauffer (Lexington, Ky.) added 15 ppg for the week, including a career-high 22 points against Michigan Tech.
Scouting the Panthers:
Wisconsin-Milwaukee enters Thursday's battle with ODU with a 3-10 overall record. The Panthers are currently riding a four-game losing streak, including a 74-53 road loss to neighboring University of Wisconsin. Jordan Aaron leads the team and ranks sixth in the league with 14.8 ppg.
Saturday's contest marks the first meeting between ODU and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The game will be the eighth time the Panthers have played a Division I opponent. Last year, ODU defeated Southern Illinois 64-63 in Carbondale, Illinois.
Did you know?
- Jones leads the conference in three-pointers with 15?
- The Panthers rank first in the conference in total rebounds, averaging 41.4?
- Trew ranks fourth in the GLIAC with 15 blocked shots?