CANTON, Ohio – Traveling to northeast Ohio for the second time in three days, the Ohio Dominican men's basketball team left the campus of Malone Saturday afternoon with a 90-66 loss in Osborne Hall.
The Panthers now stand at 4-20 overall (1-18 GLIAC) while the Pioneers move to 12-11 overall (9-10 GLIAC).
A very competitive first half saw the Pioneers open up with an early 4-0 lead, but senior John Trew's (Barberton, Ohio) basket at the 17:44 mark cut the lead to two, 4-2 on a jumper from the left wing. Malone answered on a jumper from Zach Bates, but sophomore Bobby Stauffer (Lexington, Ky.) was sent to the line after being fouled at 17:08. He hit both, cutting the lead to 6-4.
Freshman Trent Weaver (Columbus, Ohio) tied the score at 6-6 on a layup, but Malone hit a jumper from Cory Veldhuizen and a trey from Christian Graves to push the margin to five, 11-6. Freshman Chad Nelson (Columbus, Ohio) knocked down a three from an assist by junior Don Kellum (Chicago, Ill.) to cut the lead back down to two, 11-9, with 15:06 left in the half.
However, the Pioneers responded with a 7-0 run to push the lead to nine, 18-9. Junior Ledarius Stennis (Moss Point, MO) stopped the mini run by Malone, hitting a three-pointer at the 12:32 mark.
Stennis hit a three and sophomore Brock Ammons (Findlay, Ohio) added a trey from senior Morgan Jones (Oberlin, Ohio), allowing the Panthers to get right back into the mix, 18-15. Trailing by three, the Panthers tied the score 22-22, after Jones hit a long triple from the right wing. Jones followed up with a steal and was fouled on the play. Jones missed the front end of his two free throws but gave the ODU their first lead at 23-22 after making his second at 5:09.
Down by two at the 2:47 mark, Kellum exploded to the rim for a dunk, making the score 27-27. ODU regained the lead after freshman Mark Minch (West Chester, Ohio) drove into the lane and dished the ball off to Kellum for the go-ahead bucket, 29-28. Malone responded with a three point run and once agian regained the lead.
Down 32-29, Stennis was sent to the line for a pair of free throws. He hit the first and missed the tail end, but an offensive rebound and put-back by Jones, tied the score once again at 32-32.
With the clock winding down, Malone's Christian Graves hit a three at the buzzer to head into the locker room with the 35-32 lead.
ODU was unable to capitalize on a good first half, as Malone came out firing in the second half. At the 14:33 mark, they had extended their lead to 19, 59-40.
ODU was unable to capitalize on a good first half, as Malone came out firing in the second half. At the 14:33 mark, they had extended their lead to 19, 59-40. The Pioneers kept their momentum going through the second frame, eventually ending the game by a margin of 24, and claiming the victory at 90-66. The Pioneers shooting in the second half was impressive to the tune of 61.3 percent from the field on 19-of-30 shooting, including 61.5 percent from behind the three-point line (8-of-13).
The Panthers were led by Jones with 20 points and four steals. Weaver added 10 points and nine rebounds while going a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. Stauffer chipped in nine points while Stennis and Kellum each added six off the bench. Stennis also recorded four rebounds and a steal.
The Panthers will return to the hardwood next Thursday, Feb. 21, traveling to Ashland for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off. ODU then returns to Northeast, Ohio on Saturday, Feb. 23, taking on Lake Erie at 1 p.m.
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