Panthers Stumble, Fall to Hillsdale 75-64

Morgan Jones
Morgan Jones

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite an excellent first half, the Ohio Dominican men's basketball couldn't find a second half answer for the sharp-shooting Hillsdale Chargers and suffered a 75-64 setback in Alumni Hall on Saturday afternoon.

The Panthers now stand at 4-18 (1-16 GLIAC) while the Chargers improve to 15-6 overall (11-6 GLIAC).

The Panthers shot over 50 percent from the field and they went into the locker room with an eight-point lead, 33-25.

Senior point guard Morgan Jones (Oberlin, Ohio) opened up the half with a three-point jump shot from an assist by sophomore center Bobby Stauffer (Lexington, Ky.). The Panthers would follow up the basket with a pair of free throws by freshman forward Trent Weaver (Hilliard, Ohio) for an early 5-0 lead.

The Chargers cut the deficit to 5-4 at the 16:05 mark after a layup by Tim Dezelski and a pair of free throws from the courtesy stripe by Cody Smith.

Senior forward John Trew's (Barberton, Ohio) trey at 9:45 and freshman guard Chad Nelson's (Columbus, Ohio) two free throws at 8:50 were part of an 11-3 run and pushed ODU's lead to 16-7.

After Hillsdale cut the score to 22-18, the Panthers took off with an 8-0 run to push their lead to 30-18. Junior forward Don Kellum's (Chicago, Ill.) electrifying dunk at the 2:58 mark was just one of the Panthers' outstanding moments. 

Nelson's triple with 14 seconds to play made it 33-22, but the Chargers cut the deficit to eight, 33-25, when Dezelski hit a three-point jumper at the buzzer.

The Panthers opened the second half much like the first, leading by as much as 14, 43-29 with 17:08 left to play in the game.

Hillsdale came roaring back, going on a 20-5 run and grabbed their first lead of the game 49-48 after a layup by Darius Ware.

ODU responded and regained the lead at 50-49, when Jones fed the ball down low to Stauffer with 8:02 left to play in the frame.

At the 7:33 mark, Jones tied the game at 51-51, but Hillsdale responded with an and-one by Nick Washburn, who converted the go ahead free-throw to make the score 54-51. Dezelski hit a layup to push the margin to five, 56-51.

The Chargers went up by five, 58-53 but Stauffer cut the lead back to three on a fast break dunk on a pass from sophomore Brock Ammons (Findlay, Ohio).

The Panthers cut the lead down to one, 58-57, when Trew had a tip-in with 5:24 left on the clock. However, the Chargers would respond with a layup by Dezelski and never looked back, going on a 17-7 run to end the game and win by 11.

The Panthers were led by Jones, who finished the game with 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Weaver had yet another great game for ODU, scoring 14 points and pulling down six boards. Stauffer chipped in eight points and four rebounds.

The Panthers travel to North Canton, Ohio to face off against the Walsh Cavaliers for a 6 p.m. tip-off on Thursday, Feb. 14, and Saturday the 16th for a visit to the Malone Pioneers.

Contact: Sarah Twiggs

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