Panthers Battle, Fall Short at Northwood

Panthers Battle, Fall Short at Northwood
MIDLAND, Mich. – Ohio Dominican men's basketball team suffered a 77-60 setback to host Northwood on Saturday afternoon in the Bennett Center Gymnasium.

The loss dropped the Panthers to 3-10 (0-8 GLIAC) while the Timberwolves improved to 4-8 (3-5 GLIAC).

The first twenty minutes of a spirited road contest for the Panthers saw them jump out early, fall behind after a Timberwolves burst, but rally in the latter stages of the half to claim a 35-34 lead. 

The first lead of the game came after freshman guard Chad Nelson (Pickerington, Ohio) stepped into the passing lane for a steal at the 16:56 mark. His fast break layup made it 9-7, and helped key ODU to an early lead 12-7. Junior forward Don Kellum's (Chicago, Ill.) four points and senior forward John Trew's (Barberton, Ohio) three ball paced the Panthers scoring parade. 

The Timberwolves would come storming back and after 16-4 run. ODU found themselves down in the count by a score of 23-16. The skid came to an end at the 10:06 mark, when sophomore center Bobby Stauffer (Lexington, Ky.) stopped the bleeding with a layup. 

The troops stood toe to toe for the next four minutes but ODU still found themselves down 31-20 at the 5:54 mark.  ODU would launch a comeback, and outscore Northwood 14-4 down the stretch, to eke out the one point first frame lead. 

Leading the way for the Panther's late surge was senior point guard Morgan Jones (Oberlin, Ohio) with five and Stauffer with four.

ODU battled with Northwood in the second half until a late half push by the Timberwolves sent them to the 17 point victory.

Jones paced the Panthers with 18 points and five assists while Stauffer recorded 12 points and 10 rebounds. Kellum added seven points and three rebounds.

The Panthers are back on the road next week, traveling to Findlay on Thursday, Jan 10 for a 6 p.m. matchup and again on Saturday, Jan. 12 at Hillsdale for a 1 p.m. contest.

Contact: Sarah Twiggs

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